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Postby Dazedncnfz » Thu Dec 12, 2002 10:33 am

Found this on ESPN's site today....

MINNEAPOLIS -- The NFL acknowledged Wednesday its officiating crew made at least nine mistakes during Sunday's Green Bay-Minnesota game, including a pass interference call that negated a Vikings' interception on the Packers' game-winning drive.

The mistakes were documented in a confidential memorandum, according to several league sources.

The Vikings (3-10) lost the game 26-22 in Green Bay. Eight of the affected plays occurred in the fourth quarter, when the Packers (10-3) made up a nine-point deficit with two unanswered touchdowns.

Both the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press newspapers reported the league's correspondence with the Vikings late Wednesday night.

On Monday, the Vikings sent in 12 officials' calls the team disagreed with. In a response, league supervisors wrote that Vikings safety Corey Chavous should not have been called for pass interference against Packers receiver Donald Driver on a third-down pass that safety Jack Brewer intercepted.

"It doesn't matter what they say after the fact,'' Chavous said. "We lost the game.''

Under the NFL's instant replay policy, pass interference penalties are not subject to review. Tony Fisher scored the go-ahead touchdown for Green Bay four plays later.

NFL teams routinely fill out such forms on the day after games, seeking clarification or explanations for calls, and it is not unusual for mistakes to be acknowledged affecting both teams.

"Conversations between the NFL officiating department and teams are confidential,'' said NFL spokesman Michael Signora. "We do not comment on them.''

Among other mistakes detailed in the document, league supervisors wrote that Packers receiver Robert Ferguson should have been ruled out of bounds at the 1-yard line rather than given a 40-yard touchdown reception with 10:48 left in the fourth quarter. The Vikings did not challenge the call via instant replay.

The NFL also wrote that Packers safety Antuan Edwards should have received an unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting Vikings receiver Chris Walsh, who had taken a knee to stop the next-to-last play of the game, and that Packers linebacker Nate Wayne also should have been penalized for blocking receiver Randy Moss in the back on the final play of the game.

Vikings coach Mike Tice declined comment. Team officials are prohibited from discussing confidential communication with the league.

The referee at Sunday's game was Walt Coleman, who has more than a dozen years of NFL experience. Coleman made the "tuck'' call in last season's playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots, and he made a ruling that cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a victory during the 2000 season.

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Postby fntsyrookie » Thu Dec 12, 2002 10:47 am

Man being a Vikes fan I could go on about this for hours!! Being that we are having a very down year, the only thing that I can take some sort of solace in is beating the Pack. We definitely got robbed!! Another interesting tidbit is this: 8 of those so called calls (or in some instances non calls) occured in the 4th quarter!! Hmmmm...seems like somebody wanted Favre's streak of winning when it's 34 degrees or lower to carry on!!! That being said I am already over it!! It happened, it's over, it sucks, who cares? It is a shame that there was some blown calls, but it happens. It's part of the game. It is unfortunate that in this instance it had such a profound effect on the game. Oh well. Next year is coming and the Vikes will exact revenge!!!! :-)

For those of you unfamilar with some of the plays here are the ones in question:

. On a third down incompletion in the third quarter, tight end Jim Kleinsasser was
held illegally. The Vikings were forced to settle for a 37 yard field goal.

. On a play in the fourth quarter, Packers quarterback Brett Favre should have been
called for a false start after jerking his head prior to the snap in an unsuccessful
attempt to draw the Vikings offside.

. On the second play from scrimmage of the fourth quarter, the Packers should have
been called for pass interference on a play during which Kleinsasser was knocked

. Officials should not have picked up a flag originally thrown for blocking in the
back against the Packers, on Darrien Gordon's 22 yard punt return, which gave the
Packers possession on their 46 yard line.

. Packers ride receiver Robert Ferguson should have been ruled out of bounds at the
1 yard line rather than awarded a 40 yard touchdown reception with 10:48 minutes

. The Packers lined up off sides on the ensuing kickoff, which Tyrone Carter
returned only 10 yards to the Vikings 27.

. Vikings strong safety Corey Chavous should not have been called for pass
interference on a third down play on the Packers' winning drive. Free safety Jack
Brewer had intercepted Favre's pass. The penalty moved Green Bay 28 yards to the
Vikings 25.

. Packers safety Antuan Edwards should have been called for unnecessary roughness
after hitting Vikings wide receiver Chris Walsh after he had taken a knee on the
game's next to last play. Officials failed to blow a whistle that would have
signaled the play dead.

. Packers line backer Nate Wayne should have been called for hitting wide receiver
Randy Moss from behind during the game's final play, a 66 yard interception return
by Darren Sharper.

Again the game is over and in the books. I'm positive there were either calls or non calls that the Pack would quesion too. It goes both ways. I think that the main point is that the game was seemingly decided by some of these ones. Oh well.
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