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This is how long it has been since the no-call defensive pass interference in the NFC Championship game without acknowledgement from the NFL

Statement from the NFL: ” “



1 week, 2 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes, 50 seconds

For reference, when offsetting penalties should have been called on a final play in a 2002 wild card game against the 49ers, the Giants were denied an untimed down. Director of officiating Mike Pereira (as the title was at the time) admitted the error the next day.

Commissioner Roger Goodell answered the first of many questions at his annual press conference, stating “It’s a play that should be called.”

Silent statements

  • Jan. 20 — Saints coach Sean Payton revealed in the postgame press conference that SVP/officiating Al Riveron admitted to him that this should have been a foul.
  • Jan. 20 — Referee Bill Vinovich spoke to a pool reporter after the game, but does not discuss subjective elements of the play, as he is required to do; only the league office is permitted to discuss judgment calls.
  • Jan. 25 — Rams DB Nickell Roby-Coleman is fined $26,739 for a hit on a defenseless receiver, which means the officiating department determined there also should have been a flag for the helmet-to-helmet hit.
  • Jan. 28 — NFL attorneys filed a response to a lawsuit from Saints fans which said that they were not disputing if defensive pass interference or a hit on a defensive player should have been called.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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