CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell said the officials missed several calls during the Panthers’ 23-10 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
ESPN reported that Mitchell’s first beef was an unnecessary roughness penalty called on him.
The call was for a late hit on receiver Anquan Boldin after a third-down incompletion from the Carolina 40-yard line.
“That was a terrible call,” Mitchell said, according to ESPN. “The ball was not on the ground. The replay showed it was still in the air. The receiver actually had an opportunity to bend over and catch the ball.”
Mitchell earlier this season called out the NFL for making him a target for fines.
The Panthers lost to San Francisco on Sunday, Carolina’s first playoff game since 2008. The 49ers will advance to the NFC championship game for the third straight season.
“I can’t wait to play them (again) with a new set of refs in a new game,” Mitchell said.
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