Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.
"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.
"He's one of those guys."
"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."
Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the
"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.
Wanting to clear up any misconceptions regarding referee Pete Morelli’s decision to not flag the
Hitchens did not play the ball and appeared to be face-guarding, but Blandino said that is not a foul in the NFL. However, Blandino said Hitchens should have been called for defensive holding before the pass was thrown.
Pettigrew was evaluated for a concussion and deemed questionable to return, so his presence on the field means he must have passed testing. He has caught his only target in the game, gaining 11 yards.
Pettigrew is being evaluated for a concussion. Whitehead and Carey are dealing with dehydration.
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