At his Monday press conference, Schwartz said he didn't think it was right to claim the missed call on a facemask penalty from the 1-yard line as the Vikings were driving for a game-winning touchdown was the only mistake made by the referees in that game.
"Yeah, we grabbed the facemask, but there are probably about three or four other plays in that game where guys got a facemask or guys got a hold," Schwartz said.
To be sure, the Vikings could have been called for a facemask on Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew after one of his catches, but that was missed, too.
Schwartz went on to point out plays he thought the referees botched in the game, saying that the Vikings brought down return man Stefan Logan by a horse-collar tackle, and a pair of first downs the Vikings gained showed holding that went uncalled.
"Every single play in the NFL there is something the officials are going to miss – get right, get wrong," Schwartz said. "It's one of the reasons I don't stand up here and talk about officiating. I generally just say it's their job to officiate, it's our job to play, because we know it's a fast game. It's a very difficult game to officiate."
For those who thought Ndamukong Suh's explanation for stomping on the arm of a Packers opponent in their Thanksgiving Day game was lame, we present Schwartz.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.