NFL called Vikings coach to talk about officiating
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Monday he received an unsolicited phone call from the NFL about some of the calls made by the officiating crew in Sunday's 29-26 loss to Baltimore.
"The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt," Frazier said.
The coach didn't elaborate on specifics of the phone conversation.
Perhaps the most egregious error by referee Peter Morelli's crew was a first quarter fumble by Vikings running back Toby Gerhart that was upheld by replay review.
The FOX broadcast team froze the replay to show clear evidence that Gerhart's knee was down before the ball came loose, but the Morelli announced the play would stand as called. The Ravens scored a touchdown just four plays later.
The Vikings were also penalized for pass interference on both of Baltimore's fourth quarter scoring drives.