Packers Controversial Win Over Lions During Monday Night Football Game
NFL Game Controversy: Lions Vs Packers
During the latest edition of Monday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers hosted the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field for an NFC North match-up. It promised to be a competitive game that would determine what team would take the top spot in the division.
A Great First Half
Detroit got off to a hot start and went up 10-0 in the first quarter. Thanks to a huge blunder, Green Bay was able to bounce back in the second quarter. The Lions went into halftime with a 13-10 lead.
Second Half Came With Mistakes
Thanks to some of the worst officiating we’ve seen in a very long time, the Packers came out on top with a 23-22 victory. The Packers won the second half, but the game had a close score.
Game Officiating Scandal
Even the NFL is admitting a flag should not have been thrown in at least one play. The Detroit Lions fell victim to a series of horrendous calls late in the second half. Leading to their loss against the Green Bay Packers.
The officiating crew covering the Monday Night Football game royally screwed the Lions on more than one occasion. Mistakes so bad even Packers fans would have to agree the Lions got shafted.
The Calls That Screwed Over The Lions
Midway through the fourth quarter, Detroit’s defensive line collapsed the pocket on a third down. This led to sacking Aaron Rodgers, bringing the play to fourth-and-long. Instead of getting off the field, the refs called a phantom hands-to-the-face penalty against Trey Flowers.
The penalty gave Green Bay a first down, where Aaron Rodgers threw an amazing touchdown pass to Allen Lazard to pull the score within two points. On Detroit’s next offensive possession, Stafford threw deep to Marvin Jones, who was the victim of defensive pass interference. But no flag was thrown and the Lions were forced to punt.
In a period of about three minutes of game time, the Packers received three gifts from the refs that undoubtedly altered the outcome of the game. To top it off, the refs once again threw a bogus flag on Trey Flowers with less than two minutes left in the game on another third-down stop by Detroit.
NFL Reaction To The Horrible Officiating
The last thing the NFL wants is for the officiating to be the topic of conversation during any game. Much less during a Primetime game where Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a thrilling win over a division rival.
So Bad We Got A Response
The refs’ performance was so blatantly bad that there was a response from NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. At the league’s Fall Meeting in Florida on Tuesday, Vincent said that the second illegal use of the hand’s penalty against Lions defensive end Trey Flowers should not have been called.
That is something. However, the Lions and their fans may not be satisfied with the horrible calls; two calls and one no-call that went against Detroit in the fourth quarter. Those calls were dreadful, and the Lions could have won the game if not for these mistakes.
These Mistakes Can Make Or Break A Team
It’s no surprise that we’ve already seen several prominent current and former players speak out about it. This is something the league has to address.
With this win, the Packers are in sole possession of first place in the competitive NFC North, while Detroit is now in last place in the division. Even though it is still early in the season, this game could have cost the Lions a playoff spot.
Will we see more of these officiating issues during the rest of the NFL season?