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Sirius radio has provided a transcript (via Kent Somers) of their interview with officiating directory Mike Pereira. Peter King was asking the questions. Pereira generally stands by referee Peter Corrente and crew, as the transcript indicates:
King: "Seventeen flags in the last 20 minutes of this game. As you look at the officiating in this game, were you satisfied? How did you view the officiating in this game?"
Pereira: "Yeah, I actually was. When I really kind of went through the game, of all the penalties - there were 25 - there's two that I don't think should have been called period and there's a couple more that I think were iffy. There are a couple more that I think it is reasonable to suggest that we probably should've [called] including the cartwheel that was done in the endzone after the interception, which did include an offside penalty.
"To me it was a normal game, but it's not normal when you have that many penalties. I don't like them. Seems to me when you look at a game, do we want a game with 25 penalties and 12 false starts or off-sides or delay-of-games or do we want something that flows with nine or ten and seems to just have a smooth continuity to it? I think most people, myself included, would like to see less penalties, those types of games."
King: "At the end of this game there was a lot of confusion and it came out yesterday in San Francisco that they felt that the officials should have been more clear in spotting the ball at the end of the game. Can you explain from your perspective what happened at the end of that game and was this anything that was on the shoulders of the officials or did the 49ers just mismanage the clock? Obviously, you can't say that but was there anything the officials did incorrectly at the end of that game?"
Pereira: "You know, all I really care is that we followed normal procedures and that's what we did. We tried to anticipate, before even the decision was made, to make sure that the 49ers understood that no matter what decision was made, unless we ruled a touchdown, that the clock was going to start on the ready, that it was going to start on Tony Corrente's signal.
"We wanted to make sure they did not get caught in a situation where they would be in the huddle and we were starting the clock. So that we did. Now, Tony's announcement is the normal procedure. When he came out and made the announcement that the ball was going to be spotted at the two-and-a-half yard line, which is where it was when [Frank] Gore first went down, then we had to get to our positions because the ball was going to be put down and the snap's going to some. It's the normal procedure. It's the same thing that we have always done and it was no different in San Francisco than it would have been anywhere else."
Note: Accompanying column here.