Here is the content of my e-mail just sent to Mike Pereira and Roger Goodell concerning the officiating in today's playoff game:
Gentlemen, I hope you kept a copy of the "I’m sorry, Demarcus Ware was not offsides" letter you sent to the Dallas Cowboys after the Green Bay Packer game earlier this year, because you will need to send another one after Sunday’s playoff game with the Giants (too little, too late I might add); however, that was just one of a number of officiating blunders by the referenced crew. Aside of the obvious discrepancy in penalties assessed between the two teams, I have two questions that perhaps you can clear up for me:
Ø When did the intent to protect the league’s quarterbacks change to protecting defensive ends? Tony Romo was speared on the ground when he slid – no flag was thrown, so Andre Gurode took matters into his own hands protecting his quarterback. Yet Leonard Davis drives Michael Strahan into the ground, continuation of pass blocking to protect his quarterback, and was flagged.
Ø When does destruction of stadium property result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty? I guess Moretti’s officiating crew did not care if Brandon Jacobs broke the 25 second clock with his antics, they would keep the time on the field as effectively as they officiated the game!
I have been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and NFL for over 40 years – I also played, coached and officiated football and was of the belief that bad calls and breaks have a way of evening themselves out; nevertheless, today’s game was a travesty. I sincerely hope you will take corrective action – but it’s your decision.