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'I prefer not to think before speaking': NFL official blamed for blown call during playoff game

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'I prefer not to think before speaking': NFL official blamed for blown call during playoff game
BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 11: Head Linesman Jerry Bergman #91 oversees the action as the Cincinnati Bengals face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Staduim on November 11, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 21-7. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: NFL officials Jerry Bergman #91, left, and Jerome Berger #23 talk during a time out at the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans during play at LP Field on October 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 27-10. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Referee Pete Morelli watches as the Detroit Lions break the huddle during the first half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) gets hit in the back by a pass to Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. The back judge first threw, then picked up, his penalty flag on the play. The Cowboys beat the Lions 24-20. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) gets hit in the back by a pass to Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Lions 24-20. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (59) gets hit in the back by a pass to Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Lions 24-20. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys argues with side judge Allen Baynes #56 after a penatly was called against Anthony Hitchens #59 of the Dallas Cowboys when he collided with Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions on a pass play during the second half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The NFL official widely credited with helping to overturn what many feel was an obvious pass interference call during a Sunday playoff game has quite the range of political beliefs.

Jerry Bergman, a line judge, convinced a veteran referee that there was only limited contact in a controversial play during the Detroit Lions – Dallas Cowboys game. He also spends quite a bit of time talking up his incendiary politics.

The hardline conservative compares Hillary Clinton running for president to Deanna Favre, wife of legendary quarterback Brett Favre, being an NFL passer.

He also jokes about a tax return being rejected because he listed millions of illegal immigrants and hordes on welfare as dependents.

Friends, a receptive audience, mostly laugh at the provocative comments, first unearthed by the website Uproxx and subsequently viewed by AOL News.

Conservative political views hardly impact one's ability to be an effective NFL referee but the avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan has left them public for all to view, including a curious post claiming he prefers "not to think before speaking."

But Bergman was accused by a former NFL referee of intimidating the other officials into taking his side in the call. A similar aggressive, angry tone is evident throughout his Facebook page.

Game footage showed clear contact between Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens and Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew before the ball arrived, an obvious penalty.

Obvious enough, in fact, for multiple other officials to toss their flags and call pass interference.

Blatant enough for head referee Pete Morelli to announce to the entire stadium, and television audience, that pass interference was called and that the Lions were awarded first down.

The officials then picked up their flags and reversed the penalty at Bergman's insistence.

The Lions were stuck with a 4th down, punted and soon gave up what would be the game winning touchdown to the Cowboys on a Tony Romo pass to receiver Terrence Williams.

Jerry Bergman Makes Controversial Non-Call During NFL Playoff Game
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