Jim Caldwell frustrated by no-call in Lions playoff loss

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell expressed frustration by the decision of referee Pete Morelli to have his crew pick up a pass interference flag during a playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL reached out to Caldwell on Sunday night.

"The fact of the matter is it is a controversial call," Caldwell said. "And without question was one that [was] probably not officiated correctly, in my estimation."

Caldwell said he agreed with NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino that the call was incorrect and that linebacker Anthony Hitchens should have been flagged for his coverage of tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

Caldwell said the situation was "hard to swallow."

"I do think, in this day and age, modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations, in big games, that we should use that technology to do so," Caldwell said. "Kind of set the record straight and take the human error out of it. So perhaps, from this endeavor, we'll find a way to maybe improve that portion of the game."

"It's very frustrating," Pettigrew said. "We had some momentum going into that game and were playing for a lot and that's just not how we expected to come out of that game. We expected to come out of that game on top."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.