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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Pass interference and Eagles-Seahawks ref

By Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- The officiating crew assigned to the Seattle Seahawks' game against Philadelphia has called 17 penalties for defensive pass interference this season, tied for the NFL high through Week 12.

That could be a storyline to watch given Brandon Browner's status as the most-penalized player in the NFL through Week 12. Browner, the Seahawks' starting cornerback, has 15 total penalties, including five for defensive pass interference.

Peter Morelli, the referee assigned to Thursday night's game, ranks tied with Terry McAulay for the most defensive pass-interference calls this season. Crews have called 9.7 on average this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Morelli's crew ranked near the bottom of the NFL in defensive pass-interference calls last season, calling only seven of the 221 called across the league. That could indicate that Morelli's crew has simply officiated games featuring more defensive pass-interference violations than usual. We'll see if that trend continues Thursday night.