Buccaneers Receive Apology From NFL for Critical Pass Interference Call
The NFL sent a letter of apology to the Bucs this week for a pass interference call in the end zone against tight end Kellen Winslow that wiped out a touchdown in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Lions on Sunday.
The Bucs (8-6) are in a fight for a wild card spot in the playoffs and the loss might have doomed them.
In a 17-17 game, Winslow was tied up with Detroit safety C.C. Brown in the end zone. There was no advantage either way. Winslow then pulled away from Brown and snatched a pass with his back to the quarterback, a nifty little grab for six.
Winslow was hit with an offensive pass interference call and the touchdown was wiped off. Instead of six, the Bucs had to kick a field goal, which gave them a 20-17 lead with 1:39 to play in regulation.
Coach Raheem Morris did not deny the club received the letter, but would not comment.
"It's Christmas and I just bought a bunch of people gifts," said Morris, who said he wanted to continue giving gifts and not get fined for any comments on the play.
Greg Olson, the offensive coordinator, did comment to the Tampa Tribune. Olson said it wasn't the first time the Bucs have received a letter from the NFL about a missed call.
"Yeah, we've had a number of those this year, which has been real discouraging because we've played so many tight games," Olson said.
Olson did not talk about the other letters the team received, according to the Tribune.
"You can't have those kinds of mistakes. That's discouraging, obviously," he said. "It wasn't the only play in the game, but it was a critical one at a critical time. That's happened more than once, which has been discouraging on our side."