Officials made right call after Wells' penalty

November, 15, 2009
11/15/09
8:39
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- NFL officiating director Mike Pereira says officials made the right call on a key ruling during the Cardinals' 31-20 victory over the Seahawks.

The Cardinals had gained 3 yards on second-and-2 from the 7. Officials then flagged Arizona running back Beanie Wells for a 15-yard penalty after the play.

In short, the Cardinals faced first-and-10 instead of first-and-goal from the Seattle 19 after officials flagged Wells.

"They made the first down and then got called for the unnecessary roughness," Pereira wrote in an e-mail. "It will always be first-and-10 unless the foul is against an official."

I did not know that. Neither did anyone I spoke with in the press box, including team and league officials.

Referee Walt Coleman got it right.

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