Panthers want explanation on pass-interference call

The Carolina Panthers are looking for an explanation from the NFL office on a pass interference penalty that wiped out a touchdown pass in the third quarter of their loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey was called for pushing over cornerback Charles Tillman before he sprung open on the play. Tillman was off-balance and it looked like Shockey pushed off.

“I would like the league to go back and review that and get an explanation because it was a big play in the game and that call right there – the momentum is on our side and when that comes back, it definitely hurts our momentum,” Shockey said in the locker room afterward. “I’ve been playing this game a long time and apparently those officiating … I don’t know.

“I’d like to get an explanation from the league and understand why they would call something like that. The guy never gave me – I asked him and he never gave me an explanation at all, but we pay their salary and I can’t even get an explanation. So, I’d like to see the explanation when they do get graded. I just don’t understand. I have no idea. There are a couple of things out there that they failed to … I asked them the question and they don’t tell me (expletive). Again, they should be held accountable as well.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday he would like to hear from the league on the play too.

I did send it in and ask for an explanation," Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer.

It’s a touchy area for teams when they question calls after the game. But it was a pivotal play in the game and the Panthers want to know more.

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