“It was a legal hit,” vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on the
Welker appeared to collide with Talib a split-second before a pass from
"The first potential foul would be for offensive pass interference; a receiver can't block downfield before the ball is touched, so the timing is important," Blandino said, noting that as "contact occurs, the ball is touched almost simultaneously. We don't have a foul for pass interference.
"The other thing, is it unnecessary roughness? Under the current rules it isn't. It's not late; Talib wasn't out of the play."
Blandino added he expects the play to be examined by the league's competition committee during the off-season to see whether the rules should be changed.
On Monday, less than 24 hours after the Broncos' 23-13 win, Patriots Coach
Welker has said the contact was accidental.