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NFL: Officials erred in final 10 seconds of Sunday's game

Dec. 27, 2013
 
The NFL issued a statement Friday saying the officiating crew from Sunday's game between the Packers and Steelers erred during the final 10 seconds, causing the game clock to start prematurely. / AP
The NFL issued a statement Friday saying the officiating crew from Sunday's game between the Packers and Steelers erred during the final 10 seconds, causing the game clock to start prematurely. / AP

The NFL has confirmed Carl Cheffers and his officiating crew erred during the final 10 seconds of the Green Bay Packers’ 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Following the game, the Packers took issue with Cheffers and his umpire Undrey Walsh failing to signal center Evan Dietrich-Smith to snap the ball until 7 seconds had run off the play clock.

The Packers planned to run two plays once play resumed from a 10-second runoff following a false start penalty on T.J. Lang, but ended up settling for Matt Flynn’s rushed incompletion intended off a slant pass intended for Jarrett Boykin.

Vice President of officiating Dean Blandino began reviewing the play on Monday. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week he’d spoken with the league about the matter, but declined to go into details about the

On Friday night, the NFL released the following statement:

“Due to a miscommunication between members of the officiating crew, the game clock was started prematurely on the final play of the game.”

Many Packers offensive linemen was frustrated by the situation after the game with McCarthy adding in his day-after news conference that he wished "the officiating mechanics were intact."

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