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Pereira admits missed calls in championship games

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez both took hits during Sunday’s conference championship games that should have resulted in penalties but were not flagged, NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira says.

“They’re missed calls,” Pereira said during his “Official Review” segment on NFL Total Access.

On a Favre interception against the Saints, Remi Ayodele hit Favre high while Bobby McCray hit him low, and Pereira said McCary should have been flagged for getting Favre in the lower leg.

“It is the kind of hit that we want called because, clearly, we’re trying to protect the knees,” Pereira said.

Pereira also said Colts defensive back Melvin Bullitt should have been flagged for drilling Sanchez well after Sanchez had handed the ball off.

Jets coach Rex Ryan referred to Bullitt’s hit as a “cheap shot,” while Clark Judge of CBS Sports has referred to the failure to flag McCray as the game’s “low moment.”  It probably isn’t much consolation to Jets and Vikings fans now, but Pereira admits the flags should have been thrown.

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  1. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Jan 27, 2010 8:18 PM

    What about the no contact interference call on the uncatchable pass that got the saints a field goal in OT?

  2. stadanko says: Jan 27, 2010 8:19 PM

    Thats ok. Favre got several cheap calls at other points during that game. McCray hit him while he was running full speed after he faked a play action pass, which is completely legal. Anthony Hargrove made about as legal as a tackle as you can get and still got called for “driving him into the ground”. Are they even allowed to make eye contact with Lord Favre?

  3. hank750 says: Jan 27, 2010 8:27 PM

    Now anytime Manning or Brees gets slightly knocked over it’ll be called.

  4. Dzor22 says: Jan 27, 2010 8:29 PM

    The NFL should be really busy the next week and a half taking care of the officiating. At least the calls did effect the outcome of the AFC game. The Katrina factor was in full effect for the NFC game. I’m not a Vikings fan either. The OT drive in particular was simply embarrassing. Lets hope the rules of the NFL arent thrown out of the window for the SB; all in the name of the “feel good story of the year”. I’ve never seen a worse officiating game. It took 5 turnovers AND a truck load of horrible calls …all the Saints way for them to ‘win’ in OT. What a joke???

  5. BUNYAN says: Jan 27, 2010 8:29 PM

    You can bet the ranch that if it were the Raiders instead of the Saints or the Colts in these games the penalty would of been called. No questions asked.

  6. Dzor22 says: Jan 27, 2010 8:30 PM

    Favre didn’t get crap except hit late the entire game.

  7. leatherneck says: Jan 27, 2010 8:34 PM

    Does Pereira talk about the horrendous officiating in the overtime of the NFC championship game? The non-call of tripping on the kickoff that resulted in Cedric Griffin getting a torn ACL and the Saints taking the ball to the 40 instead of starting at their own 10? The bogus pass interference on Asher Allen? The bogus pass interference on Ben Leber? The blown review of the Pierre Thompson fumble that was incorrectly ruled a first down? The blown review of the supposed catch made by Robert Meachem when the video showed the ball bouncing on the ground? All of them in overtime.
    It’s pretty frustrating when your team’s defense does stop the Saints in overtime, but the officials just will the Saints down the field. Then Saints fans say, “Hey, you should have stopped us in overtime.” Well, we did.
    This is the worst officated game of all time in any sport, including the games Tim Monaghy did in the NBA.

  8. credit_score_rapper says: Jan 27, 2010 8:45 PM

    Did they mention the non existant first down on that 4 and inches play? What about that PI call when the Vikings player never made contact, or the dropped pass that was ruled complete when the replay showed he never had possession? I’d love to hear those calls explained. Still the Vikings loss is on the players who dropped the ball the entire game like it was a fat chick on a Saturday morning. There must be some Cubs like curse on the Vikings or they are determined to crush their fans hopes and dreams every 3 – 5 years.

  9. PossibleCabbage says: Jan 27, 2010 8:52 PM

    Wait, Pereira will come out and admit that they missed late QB hits in the conference championship games, but won’t admit an error in failing to call the late hit on Aaron Rodgers in the penultimate play of overtime?
    What’s going on here?

  10. TexasStar says: Jan 27, 2010 9:10 PM

    ask anyone who plays the game: you can’t leave it up to the officials.

  11. MrHumble says: Jan 27, 2010 9:15 PM

    I’m a Giants fan and gotta agree with the posts here, the officiating in the Saints/Vikes game was a real joke, a “Katrina Continuance” if you will. There is no room in the NFL for sympathy for one team becuz it’s a perennial loser and also experienced a horrific hurricane. The NFL should be embarrassed that they let the Saints play as dirty as they did throughout the game and then the refs personnally moved the chains for their winning FG. Makes you wonder if the NFL is going the way of “Pro Rasslin” , all show.

  12. HarrisonHits says: Jan 27, 2010 9:16 PM

    “Are they even allowed to make eye contact with Lord Favre?”
    Pereira also promised that if Farve comes back next year that the league will have a new “Glaring or gazing at Lord Farve with a mean look on your face” 5 yard penalty.

  13. Dzor22 says: Jan 27, 2010 9:19 PM

    The Saints will need 8 or 9 turnovers and more bad ‘feel good’ officiating to stay close.

  14. klondike355 says: Jan 27, 2010 9:20 PM

    Some of you guys are idiots.
    For starters, leatherneck, his name is Pierre Thomas, not Thompson.
    Secondly, he clearly got the first down, forward progress more then dictated it. Also, Meachem had control of the ball, so its allowed to touch the ground as long as it doesn’t affect his control, which it didnt. Your teams defense didn’t really stop the Saints in OT.
    And if they did, wouldn’t Favre or someone just turned it over anyway? Or did the refs cause those fumbles and picks?

  15. grunt24 says: Jan 27, 2010 9:35 PM

    hahaha wow–atleast the vikes fans can feel good about themselves and blame the refs for the loss (not all but some fools on here) especially cause in regulation the vikes had 5 turnovers and and the vikes only had 2 penalties (not including the boneheaded 12 men in the huddle after a timeout) and the saints had 9 penalties for 98 yards in regulation–but yup blame it on the refs

  16. bigrig says: Jan 27, 2010 9:36 PM

    I’m not a Viking fan nor did I have any money on the game. So here is one unbiased viewpoint.
    The Vikings did not lose that game because officiating. They lost because of poor ball control [the fumble inside the five before halftime was a huge momentum swing] They lost because their Head Coach screwed up a personnel package. And they lost because their QB reverted back to his roots, making bad plays at crunch time.
    The Vikings were the best team on the field, but they couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot. They have no one else to blame.

  17. Florio's Toupee says: Jan 27, 2010 9:38 PM

    I’m a Saints fan, and yes, the PI was definitely suspect, and McCray should have been called for the low hit. Maybe call those make up calls for the horrible call on Ayodele, and the one on McCray when his highness continued his play fake at full speed, and the terrible personal foul on Castillas when the Vikings muffed the punt, or the suspect holding call on the second drive on Porter.
    As for Thomas’ 4th down run, see the ruling Ed Hoculi made on Monday night Football in 2008, when A.P. fumbled, but was overturned because he kept control of the ball between his hand and body, even though it appeared to be loose. Didn’t hear you guys complaining then.
    We can play this game all day if you want. Unfortunately for you, the refs did not fumble the ball 6 times, and they did not throw 2 interceptions, they did not put 12 men in the huddle (though they did let Lord Favre get away with the consecutive timeout call on the same play, a 15 yard penalty).
    You. Lost. Scoreboard.

  18. footballisking says: Jan 27, 2010 9:43 PM

    I wanted them to cover the meachem “catch”!!! I would love to hear an interpretation of the rules that lets that play stand

  19. i'm back says: Jan 27, 2010 9:48 PM

    Don’t cry about the officiating when the most overrated RB in football fumbles the rock more than Pervy Harvin fumbles his nuts. Maybe the Vikes should have won by 20, maybe not. But that reasoning is thrown out the door when an undisciplined team led by an undisciplined HC with an undisciplined QB continues to let an undisciplined RB torture his own team.
    Don’t turn the ball over, win the game. It’s a simple formula you dolts.

  20. Pervy Harvin says: Jan 27, 2010 9:50 PM

    Dzor22 says:
    January 27, 2010 8:29 PM
    The NFL should be really busy the next week and a half taking care of the officiating. At least the calls did effect the outcome of the AFC game. The Katrina factor was in full effect for the NFC game. I’m not a Vikings fan either. The OT drive in particular was simply embarrassing. Lets hope the rules of the NFL arent thrown out of the window for the SB; all in the name of the “feel good story of the year”. I’ve never seen a worse officiating game. It took 5 turnovers AND a truck load of horrible calls …all the Saints way for them to ‘win’ in OT. What a joke???
    ————————————————–
    Refreshing to know that my thoughts are not complete Homerism! Would buy you fine Guinness Beer and something off the Burger King dollar menu anytime bud!

  21. Pervy Harvin says: Jan 27, 2010 9:54 PM

    bigrig says: The Vikings were the best team on the field, but they couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot. They have no one else to blame.
    ————————————————–
    You are right on the mark…that is why it hurts so bad. Back to my bottle….

  22. grunt24 says: Jan 27, 2010 9:55 PM

    @footballisking
    Bert Emanuel rule[18] — the ball can touch the ground during a completed pass as long as the receiver maintains control of the ball. Enacted due to a play in the 1999 NFC championship game, where Emanuel, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had a catch ruled incomplete since the ball touched the ground.

  23. BigMo says: Jan 27, 2010 10:02 PM

    You guys need to go to NFL.com because they did review those two plays and the final analysis by Pereira is correct. There was no conclusive evidence to overturn either call! The only play they didn’t discuss was the phantom PI call on Leber that set up the Saints game winning FG!
    How convenient!
    I’m a Viking fan of 45 years and I’ve grown to accept poor officiating as part of any Viking game! These part time hacks have had it in for us ever since that Corby’s whiskey bottle brought down referee Armen Terzian in the ’75 Hail Mary loss to the Cowturds!
    But this has been the bane of the NFL for decades and Pete Morrelli and his entire officiating crew from that night should be suspended indefinitely for the atrocious job they did in New Orleans! Until the NFL hires full time refs, this type of third rate officiating and excuse making will continue to occur! Good riddance Pereira! I hope at least the next VP of officiating has a spine and starts holding these amateurs accountable!
    However, It doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings lost as a team!

  24. DJ Fate says: Jan 27, 2010 10:11 PM

    “Thats ok. Favre got several cheap calls at other points during that game. McCray hit him while he was running full speed after he faked a play action pass, which is completely legal. Anthony Hargrove made about as legal as a tackle as you can get and still got called for “driving him into the ground”. Are they even allowed to make eye contact with Lord Favre? ”
    Please don’t comment if you don’t know the NFL rulebook. You are not allowed to lift a quarterback and then throw him down.

  25. Pervy Harvin says: Jan 27, 2010 10:33 PM

    i’m back =whodaydatshit back from an Internet ban lol rookie…i got 19

  26. Mike Rendahl says: Jan 27, 2010 10:37 PM

    That’s just great. Tell us something else we don’t already know. Same old crap every year with the idiot ref’s. They call it one way the whole season and then they come up wit their own idea’s for rules in the playoffs…

  27. WickedKoala says: Jan 27, 2010 10:38 PM

    Stop the freakin’ presses. Pereira admitted a mistake was made by the refs. My head is about to assplode.

  28. andy reid's belt says: Jan 27, 2010 11:27 PM

    When will everyone realize that the Viqueens, Jills, and ShEagles are the three most choking teams in pro football history…if the Viqueens would have been spotted 35 points vs the Saints, they would have still found a way to have blown it and I’m sure Pervert Harvin would agree

  29. MNFANINAZ says: Jan 28, 2010 12:03 AM

    Who cares, Saints won… time to turn the page.
    Congrats again, Saints fans!

  30. BenRapistberger says: Jan 28, 2010 12:05 AM

    What about the no contact interference call on the uncatchable pass that got the saints a field goal in OT?

  31. U2RGR8 says: Jan 28, 2010 1:06 AM

    I am not a fan of either team. And while it is true that the Vikings should have won the game (easily) if they protected the ball better, it is also true IMO that the Saints were gifted the game by some of the worst officiating I have ever seen. Let the teams play. It is overtime in the NFC Championship and you start to make calls like that? It would be tragic if this happened during a regular season game, but on the Championship stage? In front of the highest TV rated game of the year? Sad for the league, sad for the game.

  32. mmdd1111 says: Jan 28, 2010 8:30 AM

    You can bet if it was Brady, the call would have been made. You can’t look at Brady funny without getting a flag.

  33. Reasonable says: Jan 28, 2010 9:18 AM

    Boy, I USE to like the Vikings until I started reading posts on ProFootballTalk. I know a lot of folks from Minni. Nice people,(I really mean that. Wisconsin and Minni are full of good people.) but you guys are the worst football fans ever. All you have done over the last three years is make me hate the Vikes. Same with Indy. I use to kind of like the Colts, but the fans are soooo obnoxious, I now want them to lose. Food for thought for the fans of football, being obnoxious just makes people root against your team. If not for the internet, I’d still like those two teams. A few bad apples.

  34. Michael says: Jan 28, 2010 10:40 AM

    These, well most of these are dead on. With flags flying this year when a hand just touches the face of a QB, it was unreal to watch Farve get hit time and time again, HIGH and LOW, which by the way, if called, would have nullified the interception and brought the ball to the 10 yard line.
    Plus, the calls in OT, and the REPLAY of the NON-CATCH that hit the ground…
    But when it’s all said and done, there was 16 Seconds on the clock and Farve had a wide open lane to run for 5-7 yards and he basically, took a gamble a ROOKIE shouldn’t take, much less a 19 year NFL vet. really UNBELIEVABLE that he did that. I’m sure he’s living that play over and over and will as Joe Buck said, FOREVER…

  35. olcap says: Jan 28, 2010 11:42 AM

    Just like the times in “pro” wrestling when the referee gets “knocked out”, and then quickly wakes up for a quick three-count after shenanigans which gets the otherwise “loser” on top for the pin.
    This is Goodell’s NFL.

  36. FootballFanatik says: Jan 28, 2010 12:37 PM

    BigMo says:
    “These part time hacks have had it in for us ever since that Corby’s whiskey bottle brought down referee Armen Terzian in the ’75 Hail Mary loss to the Cowturds!”
    Hahahehe….he said Cowturds. BigMo, are you 12? Seriously? You are crying about your delusions of a 30+ year old conspiracy theory???
    Don’t you have a cow to tip, or UFO’s to look for or something?? Dumb ass!

  37. FootballFanatik says: Jan 28, 2010 12:52 PM

    Reasonable says:
    “Boy, I USE to like the Vikings until I started reading posts on ProFootballTalk. I know a lot of folks from Minni. Nice people,(I really mean that. Wisconsin and Minni are full of good people.) but you guys are the worst football fans ever. All you have done over the last three years is make me hate the Vikes. Same with Indy. I use to kind of like the Colts, but the fans are soooo obnoxious, I now want them to lose. Food for thought for the fans of football, being obnoxious just makes people root against your team. If not for the internet, I’d still like those two teams. A few bad apples.”
    ~~~~~~
    Absolutely true, my friend. Vikings fans are the worst, followed by Green Bay and Indy. Oh, and the stupid nicknames for the teams these people come up with: Viqueers?? Jests?? Dolts?? ShEagles?? You’re all morons.
    All this made it pleasurable to root against the Vikings last weekend. Of course, I know Vikings fans will forever moan about the officiating, the conspiracies and whatever else gets them through the fact that their team LOST the NFC Championship game to the Saints!
    Hey, Vikings fans: stay classy…and….scoreboard!!

  38. JimmySmith says: Jan 28, 2010 7:44 PM

    Well said FootballFanatik, the Viking fans are the most obnoxious and the great irony is that considering how many times they have been close, you would think they would learn their lesson and just shut up till they actually won something.
    It might be 43 more years before it happens but the silence will be golden.

  39. Tompadre says: Jan 29, 2010 12:02 PM

    Florio’s Toupee says:
    January 27, 2010 9:38 PM
    I’m a Saints fan, and yes, the PI was definitely suspect, and McCray should have been called for the low hit. Maybe call those make up calls for the horrible call on Ayodele, and the one on McCray when his highness continued his play fake at full speed, and the terrible personal foul on Castillas when the Vikings muffed the punt, or the suspect holding call on the second drive on Porter.
    As for Thomas’ 4th down run, see the ruling Ed Hoculi made on Monday night Football in 2008, when A.P. fumbled, but was overturned because he kept control of the ball between his hand and body, even though it appeared to be loose. Didn’t hear you guys complaining then.
    We can play this game all day if you want. Unfortunately for you, the refs did not fumble the ball 6 times, and they did not throw 2 interceptions, they did not put 12 men in the huddle (though they did let Lord Favre get away with the consecutive timeout call on the same play, a 15 yard penalty).
    You. Lost. Scoreboard.
    ==============================
    Sorry I’m so late to the party, been busy the last couple of days and just now saw this incredibly stupid post.
    First, Ayodele lifted Favre up in the air and drove him to the ground with himself on top of Favre. That is the very definition of the penalty.
    Second, Favre didn’t continue the play fake at full spee, and McCrary took three steps before hitting Favre – plenty of time to see he didn’t have the ball. In fact, if McCrary thought Favre still had the ball he would have tackled him not just blast into him.
    Third, Reynaud muffed the punt, gathered it in and was there with one knee on the turf. He made a fair catch and now had full control of the ball – the play was dead. Then Castillas takes at least two steps and levels a player who signaled for a fair catch and had control of the ball. You have to be mentally challenged to think that wasn’t a late hit.
    Fourth, Porter grabbed Harvin on the play he was called for holding. It was clear on the replay as well. The Bigger question was why a flag wasn’t thrown on Shiancoe’s catch to the one yardline? The defender had a hold of Shiancoe’s jersey and had it stretched about two feet behind him. Out in the open and crystal clear on the replay. How was a flag not thrown? The Vikings would have taken the play over the penalty anyways, but if the pass had fallen incomplete the refs would have blown another call.
    Don’t get me wrong, as bad as the calls were (including at least five times that I saw where a D-lineman of the Vikings got past the O-lineman of the Saints but couldn’t go forward because he was grabbed from behind – practical bear-hugs) this game goes squarely on the Vikings for not protecting the ball.

  40. nostreves says: Feb 2, 2010 12:02 PM

    Take Brees out on the first play of the game and get it over with. . .there. . .ass hole Karma Williams!

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