Here's Mike Mulligan's pool report with referee Gene Steratore. In controversial situations such as what occurred at the end of the Bears' 19-14 win over the Lions on Sunday, one reporter is deemed a "pool" reporter and is allowed to interview a game official and share that information with others in the media. Here is the transcript:
Q. What is the rule used on the near Detroit touchdown at the end of
A, The ruling is that in order for the catch to be completed he has got
to maintain possession of the ball throughout the entire process of the
Q, He was on his behind before he rolled over. If he stayed on his
behind would it have been a touchdown?
A. No. We don't play with the two feet or one knee or anything of that
scenario. We're talking now about the process of the catch. He's
catching the football, as he goes to the ground, he must maintain
possession of the ball throughout the entire process. So as he
continues to fall if he fell with two feet and his elbow hit the ground
and came out it would be incomplete.
Q. It looked like he had the ball up in one hand while on his rear
end, but there was continuation?
A. Well, the process was not finished until he finished that roll and
the entire process of that catch.
Q. How long did it take to determine that?
A. We had the normal time as far as the video was concerned. We would
not run it any longer.