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Scouting the officials

It could be an interesting game with referee Pete Morelli.

Last season, his crew called 11 penalties on the Ravens in their 23-20 loss at Pittsburgh. The Steelers were penalized only four times.

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He also oversaw the controversial field goal in the Ravens' 2007 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns.

On the field play of regulation, with the Browns trailing 30-27, Phil Dawson's 51-yard kick hit the left upright and seemingly bounced off the crossbar before dropping into the end zone. The officials called the kick no good, and the Ravens celebrated a victory in which they scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, the last of them on a 47-yard field goal by Matt Stover with 26 seconds left.

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But the officials didn't leave the field. Instead, they huddled in the end zone to determine if Dawson's kick hit the curved center support behind the crossbar before bouncing back.

NFL rules dictate that a field goal is not reviewable by replay. So, after a lengthy discussion, the officials ruled the kick passed through the uprights and called the teams back onto the field. The Ravens eventually lost the game in overtime.


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