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Pool report with referee Jerome Boger

Posted Oct 20, 2013

The following is a pool report with referee Jerome Boger explaining the penalty on DT Chris Jones during the field goal in overtime.

Mike Reiss, Patriots pool reporter/ESPNBoston.com

Q:
Please explain the penalty that was called on No. 94 [Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones] on the field goal.

A: The call was that No. 94 on the defense pushed his teammate into the formation. That is a rule change for 2013 that a teammate cannot push a teammate into the opponents’ formation.

Q: Is it any type of push? Is it a two-handed push?

A: Any push. It could be with the body, not necessarily with the hand, but with the body into his teammate, into the formation. It’s any type of pushing action.

Q: Is there anything else to go over with this penalty?

A: No, the umpire’s flag went up almost instantaneously as he observed the action. We just enforced it as he called it.

Q: And that’s a 15-yard penalty …

A: For unsportsmanlike conduct.

Mike Reiss
Patriots pool reporter/ESPNBoston.com