The NFL defended the officiating in Super Bowl XL on Tuesday.
Two days after the Steelers beat the Seahawks 21-10 in the NFL title game, the league said Tuesday that the game was “properly officiated.”
“Including, as in most NFL games, some tight plays that produced disagreement about the calls made by the officials,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
The officiating, though, has been a the major topic of discussion since Sunday night. Right after the game, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren suggested that a first-quarter offensive interference call on the Seahawks’ Darrell Jackson, negating what would have been the game’s first touchdown, probably should have been “a no call.”
Holmgren, a former chairman of the NFL’s rule-making competition committee, fueled the debate Monday during a rally for the Seahawks at Qwest Field when he said, “We knew it was going to be tough going up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t know we were going to have to play the guys in the striped shirts as well.”
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