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December 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Postgame comments from referee Ed Hochuli

Referee Ed Hochuli spoke to a pool reporter following the game to discuss a one of the more controversial calls – the roughing the passer penalty early in the fourth quarter. With the Seahawks facing third down and 5 from the 49ers 15-yard line, Russell Wilson threw incomplete to Paul Richardson. But on the play Nick Moody and another player came up the middle and hit Wilson. There was plenty of debate within the press box on if it should have been a penalty. Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh said he disagreed with the call. He also said he disagreed with all three personal foul penalties leveled on his team.

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Here are Hochuli’s comments:

On the roughing the passer call:

“I felt that he hit the quarterback in the chest with the hairline (of the helmet), and that’s a foul unless he has his face completely up and would hit it face-on with the facemask. It’s a foul, and that’s why I called it.”

On having two guys that hit Wilson, was (Nick) Moody the one the call was on:

“I don’t know the names.”

Was it the one that hit him with his face mask?

“I felt that he hit him with the hairline. The facemask, after you hit, the facemask comes up. But, the first thing that hit was the hairline of the helmet.”

On hitting with the crown of the helmet …

“If you hit the quarterback, yes, but I’m differentiating between the crown. The crown is the top of the helmet. The hairline is up at the top of the forehead. That is a still a foul when you hit the quarterback with that part of your head.”

On the defensive player’s claim that he hit with the facemask …

“What happens is that you hit, here, and the next thing that happens is your head slides up. That’s just the mechanics of the body. But, that’s not what the initial contact is.”

No word if Hochuli turned on his stadium microphone and moved to the center of the referees locker room to answer the questions.

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