Rookie Alshon Jeffrey (17) was penalized three times for offensive pass interference. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media
The Bears usually go the way of Switzerland when asked about officiating.
But tight end Kellen Davis and safety Chris Conte believed the referees hurt the Bears in a 21-13 loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers.
“It’s unfortunate our guys couldn’t get the same calls on offense,” said Conte, who was called for pass interference in the third quarter, giving the Packers first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. “You just ask for them to call it fair.”
Rookie Alshon Jeffery was flagged for three offensive pass-interference penalties in the second half, and Davis believed all were wrong.
“Just for the books, I thought Alshon played a great game. We got hosed,” Davis said. “I mean, the last one especially was a huge play. It didn’t even look like he touched him.”
On third-and-10 from the Bears’ 44, Jay Cutler completed a 36-yard pass to Jeffery on the right sideline. But Jeffery was flagged for a pass interference opposite Packers cornerback Sam Shields.
Two plays later, the Bears turned it over on downs.
Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira backed referee Walt Anderson’s crew.
“As I look at the three, I thought they were all correctly called,” said Pereira, the NFL’s former vice president of officiating. “If you got the proper angles, you would actually see that there were three push-offs.
“There was no mystery to me. There was no phantom call. They appeared to be offensive pass interference.”
But Pereira said the officiating crew missed a defensive pass interference on Shields, who was defending Jeffery, on fourth down.
“Shields grabs the jersey,” Pereira said.
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said he’s feeling “refreshed” by the officials calling offensive pass interference.
“That’s what I’m really pleased with — the referees calling the right calls,” Williams said. “It happens every game. It gets harder and harder year in and year out for a DB to play because guys know what they can get away with.”