Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
NFL officiating director Mike Pereira just finished his weekly NFL Network segment on controversial calls around the league. Here's what he said on the tuck rule, which turned an obvious Tony Romo fumble into an incomplete pass, preventing the Cardinals from recovering the ball in the end zone during their Week 6 game against the Cowboys:
"We all know he has gone beyond the attempt to pass. Maybe it is time to take a look at this and see if we can get to the point where we can determine, 'Has it gone so far beyond that point that we can be able to determine clearly that there is no intent to pass the ball?' But in some ways, I hate to, because it's the most understood rule we have in the game now, even though nobody likes it."
Pereira also addressed the replay ruling from the 49ers-Eagles game. Niners coach Mike Nolan asked officials whether he could challenge a 38-yard field goal by the Eagles.
Nolan wanted to know if the ball had traveled over the top of the left upright. If it had, the play would not be subject to review. Nolan wanted his question answered before he committed to the challenge. According to Pereira, officials told Nolan the ball had traveled inside the upright, making the play subject to review. Nolan lost the challenge.