Officially speaking: Referee confidential
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
While NFL officiating director Mike Pereira defended referee Tony Corrente on most fronts following the Monday night game, he would have preferred a game with fewer penalties.
The non-penalties were the ones that caught my attention. Corrente waved off four penalties during the game, including one after 49ers coach Mike Singletary tried to challenge a tipped pass.
Corrente spent an unusual amount of time explaining calls that became non-calls during the Cardinals' 29-24 victory.
- Corrente, after correctly determining that Justin Smith hadn't grabbed Tim Hightower's facemask: "After discussion, the flag will be picked up. There is no foul for facemask."
- Corrente, after officials flagged Kurt Warner for intentional grounding on the next play: "There is no foul for intentional grounding. It's been reported the ball was thrown to No. 34."
- Corrente, after officials flagged the Cardinals for pass interference: "There is no penalty for pass interference as the pass was tipped. It will be third down."
- Corrente, after Singletary tried to challenge whether the pass was tipped: "There will be no challenge on the play as the pass interference would have been picked up as a tangled feet had occurred. There was no foul on the play. Therefore, the tipped pass becomes immaterial."
- Corrente, after officials flagged 49ers receiver Jason Hill for what initially looked like an illegal substitution: "There is no foul. No. 89 was in the previous play. [He] did not have to come back inside the numbers. Therefore he was legal in the position that he was in."