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If I was a Detroit Lions fan, I'd be screaming for referee blood about that.

Picking up that flag on a FLAGRANT pass interference by Dallas in the fourth quarter was the worse call... or non-call... the NFL has seen since... well... since the non-call on the botched field goal attempt in the Giants/ 49ers playoff game ages ago.

Shocking.  Really shocking.

The Lions could still have won the game.  They did lots to blow it afterward, from penalties of their own (none as flagrant, none picked up) to blown coverages to a shanked punt and a fumble.  But still... Detroit could well have locked up the victory on that drive, the play was textbook pass interference, the penalty needed to stand.  The defender mugged the tight end.

One for the books.



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Jan. 5th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Devoted Lions fan
George, thanks for this. I've never been so mad & heartbroken at the same time. Love my Lions more than ever, but this felt like a Red Wedding.
Jan. 5th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
Totally agree with you George.. Either the fix was in or it was general stupidity. Whichever, a terrible calamity occurred..
Jan. 5th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
NFL: Officiating Dal vs. Det
"The flag pick up game"
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC)
I am, in fact, a Lions fan. I don't like to complain about "refs" and I feel it's a cheap way out in most scenarios. However, that was a blown call (or lack thereof). To make matters worse, it happened against a team that's gone through more than it's fair share of struggles to earn a playoff shot and (most importantly) a fair shot at advancing. I do not believe they got their fair shot and that is inexcusable.
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
Calming thoughts
Just keep repeating: a bad call does not decide a game. Also: DeMarcus Lawrence has been a great story & now EVERYONE knows who he is.
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Textbook Lions
We have a saying in Detroit, "Same Old Lions". I hate sounding like a conspiracy theorist, but I'm sure the NFL isn't disappointed "America's team" beat my hapless Lions. Just like in your books George, there is always someone in the shadows pulling the strings.

As a Lions fan, we only get to witness a playoff game a handful of times in a lifetime, and this ones going to sting for awhile.
Chris Hooper
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
dez bryant, who was on the bench that play, also ran out on the field, without a helmet, to argue with the ref. should have been flagged for that as well.

Edited at 2015-01-05 02:09 am (UTC)
Bobby Skelton
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
I was glad they picked up the flag.
Not a fan of the Cowboys here, just a fan of letting defensive players play, and I'm glad they picked up the flag. It would havebeen better if they hadn't thrown the flag at all no doubt, but I'm glad they got together and discussed it before automatically rewarding the Lions a first down at a crucial point in the game.

On this play I saw the defender running with the receiver, the receiver turn around and initiate contact on an under-thrown ball (including face masking him for 5-10 yards) and the defender with his hands in the air to not contact the receiver.

I just don't like refs/ticky tack fouls dictating the flow of games. And besides, the NFL reversed their decision on Suh playing at all so it's square, haha. How 'bout dem Cowboys?!
Jan. 6th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: I was glad they picked up the flag.
Then I'm sure you hold equal disdain then for the multiple automatic first downs awarded to Dallas on ticky-tack penalties the following go-ahead drive?
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)

Agreed.  I am a Giants fan, so no rooting interest in the  game (except my hatred for the Cowgirls that is...), but that call was HORRIBLE.  And then the holding call on the Det. LB before the Dallas TD; PATHETIC.  And the other really bad call was on the last Dallas TD, the non holding call by their Left Tackle.  Romo steps up and the tackle does the classic bar hold right in front of the Ref.  TERRIBLE.  again with no rooting interest, I hope Green Bay gives them some of that home town cooking.

Edited at 2015-01-05 03:26 pm (UTC)
Bob Jenson
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
Blown call/not call
There has been a part of me for years that has wondered if our games are rigged to a certain degree. I know - probably because I've been a long-suffering Charger fan who is now convinced that they must make money by losing - I have no basis to claim this. No gut feeling even, really, and my suspicions are probably only fueled by sour grapes. Still, when I see things like this, I really have to wonder. Sometimes things just smell fishy (but probably just the odor of them rotten grapes...).
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:42 am (UTC)
I am a Lions fan and completely furious. I called the league. I will continue to call and will get no answer. Proud Lions fan suffered a great deal like 0-16, but this is more disgusting. I can handle a loss cmon I am a Lions fan, but to blatantly cheat me.... I love football I have not missed a game that I could watch broadcast on tv. I have watched every single playoff game and superbowl since I could speak words. This will be my first year to miss it all. I refuse to watch an nfl game till this is remedied. I will demand an answer, but will I get one? Mr. Martin you have a voice that carries more weight than my own. Will you help me get the answer I think I deserve?
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
eye for an eye
It truly just made it even for the cheap running into the kicker penalty they called on the Cowboys. On the said pass interference call, honestly they could have called it on either the offensive or defensive player. Had the defensive player simply turned his head around the flag wouldn't have been thrown at all.
Jan. 5th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: eye for an eye
Yes, but he didn't. Looking back for the ball... or not... is a key element of the rule.
Re: eye for an eye - beardedrandy - Jan. 5th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - Scott Babcock - Jan. 7th, 2015 01:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - trebla1972 - Jan. 5th, 2015 03:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - Kevin Remer - Jan. 5th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - trebla1972 - Jan. 6th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - steplatham - Jan. 5th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - Jess Dyba - Jan. 5th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - Rick Desper - Jan. 6th, 2015 05:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: eye for an eye - garmonbozian - Jan. 5th, 2015 03:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Dan Burch
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Terrible decision to waive off the foul. You throw it you own it. Whoever talked the calling official into picking up that flag is not going to be supported by the internal review process.
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
Very tough to argue that the Cowboy defender was going for the ball when he had his back to the play the entire time! Read one story that said that Mike Pereira, the well-respected former vice president of officiating in the NFL, was in the booth for Fox’s broadcast and said he thought it was pass interference and wrong of the officials to reverse the call.
Jan. 5th, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, and the head of Officiating was on the Cowboys party bus earlier in the week. That had NOTHING to do with the Lion's loss against the Cowboys. Sure.
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