League: Refs missed call on low hit to Favre
Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, admitted on the NFL Network's "Total Access" show this week that referee Pete Morelli's crew should have called a 15-yard penalty against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday when Vikings quarterback Brett Favre absorbed a low hit from defensive end Bobby McCray.
Favre was hit low by McCray and high by nose tackle Remi Ayodele and injured his left ankle on the play. His pass was intercepted by linebacker Jonathan Vilma. New Orleans took over at its own 31 with the score 21-21 but did not score on the ensuing series.
A penalty would have nullified the interception and given the Vikings the ball at the Saints 19. Pereira called it "pretty much a direct shot into the back of [Favre's] legs," which isn't legal because of rules about going after a quarterback's knees.