Referee: Head linesman pursued Lions call reversal

The Detroit News

Pool interview with referee Pete Morelli after the Lions' loss to the Cowboys:

Question: Can you talk about the decision to overturn the call and why you overturned the call?

Morelli: The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference. We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn't warrant pass interference. He thought it was face-guarding

Question: Which official?

Morelli: The head linesman (Jerry Bergman).

Question: What did you see?

Morelli: It's not my responsibility. I'm a hundred miles away.

Question: Face-guarding is not a foul?

Morelli: Face-guarding is not a foul. It is a penalty in college but not in professional football.

Question: What is the process you go through after you announce the call? Should you have waited before you announced the call?

Morelli: Probably, yes. The information came and then the officials got together a little bit later, after it was given to me, the first information. It would have probably been smoother if we got together.

Question: Do you remember this type of play happening before?

Morelli: No, not particularly.

Question: So one more time on who the person was that had the better view?

Morelli: The better view was from the head linesman.