The New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers were informed today that a defensive pass interference penalty should have been called on the final play of Sunday's game.

A videotape review by NFL Director of Officiating Mike Pereira of

the final play - the Giants' 41-yard field goal attempt with six seconds

remaining - determined the following:

* Tam Hopkins, number 65, of the Giants lined

up as the left guard and was illegally downfield on the pass attempt. The

three flags thrown on this play were for this penalty.

* Guard Rich Seubert, number 69, was an

eligible receiver on Giants field goal attempts. This was reported to the

officiating crew prior to the game as is routinely done prior to every game.

* 49ers defensive end Chike Okeafor interfered

with Seubert downfield when he was attempting to catch Giants holder Matt

Allen's pass. This defensive pass interference penalty against the 49ers

was not called.

* If defensive pass interference had been

called, there would have been offsetting penalties (ineligible receiver

against the Giants and pass interference against the 49ers) with the down

replayed at the original line of scrimmage, the San Francisco 23-yard line.

Although time had expired, a game cannot end with offsetting penalties.

Thus, the game would have been extended by one untimed down.

One additional note on the play: Giants holder Matt Allen did not have the

option of spiking the ball to stop the clock, which only can be done by

taking a hand-to-hand snap directly from the center. If Allen had spiked

the ball, it would have been a penalty for intentionally grounding the ball

and the game would have ended due to a 10-second runoff of the clock.

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