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Panthers safety Mike Mitchell says refs missed calls

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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.

Read more: ESPN


  • Tim

    Come on now…one or two calls are not going to change the outcome of the game. Not like it was a one point victory in final minute. Appreciate the season you had and quit making excuses for a loss. Tough loss, but you cant win them all Mike. Take a month off and then come back and show them whose boss in the secondary…dont make excuses and ruin your character man.

  • richard

    Their were some bad calls,but not sticking the ball in the endzone twice in the first half from the 1 killed the cats.Better season than most expected.Hope the offense has some upgrades to match the good defense next year.

    • Matt

      On one of the touchdowns there was 12 men in the huddle. That is a penalty. Carolina panthers players pointed it out to the refs yet no call was made. The excuse of the official was play had not yet resumed but further replays show that it had. Should’ve been a penalty which would’ve led to a different play call and a possible different outcome. This is a big difference at any level. I’ve been playing for 10 years and holding a team to a field goal is such a motivator.

    • dewey

      don’t forget the bad acting…remember the goal line play when the 49ers jumped the gun and you would have thought that Cam had been hit with a wrecking ball….but it was only a shoe

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