Lions not Thankful that Real Refs are Back … Badly Blown Call by Refs Nearly Cost Detroit Lions Turkey Day Game Against Houston Texans

 

Thanksgiving Day football – 2012.

Not everyone is thankful this Thanksgiving that the full time referees are back making calls in the NFL. During today’s annual Turkey Day game in Detroit, the refs blew a call in the Texans - Lions game that resulted in an 81 yard TD run by Texans running back Justin Forsett. Not only was it a blown call, it was a badly blown call that changed the momentum of the game. The running backs hand, elbow and knee all touched the ground and yet not one ref blew their whistle to stop the play. Instead they all blew the call.  Making matters worse, if possible, Lions coach Jim Schwartz threw the challenge flag early, which meant the play would not be reviewed.

Video Hat Tip: SB Nation

Normally this play would’ve been reviewed, as all scoring plays are. But Lions coach Jim Schwartz threw the challenge flag early, which meant the play would not be reviewed. The rule not allowing a challenge in that instance doesn’t make a lot of sense, but the head coach needs to know the rules, so Schwartz can be blamed for that one.

So you can gain an appreciation for how bad the call was, check it out live.

This for this ridiculous rule to be changed immediately after the season.

UPDATE :I The game has gone to overtime and both teams have missed potential game winning FG’s. Game still tied.

UPDATE II: Correction, blown call costs Lions game as Texans win in OT 34-31 in a game that should have been won by Lions in regulation. Thanks Refs!

 

Posted November 22, 2012 by
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    One Response to “Lions not Thankful that Real Refs are Back … Badly Blown Call by Refs Nearly Cost Detroit Lions Turkey Day Game Against Houston Texans”

    1. Y on November 23rd, 2012 11:44 am

      What has happened to the game of football? How did politics get into sports? What do you mean the coach threw the flag to early, that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Every play should be reviewed. This is the most unfair game I have ever watched. Houston won this game by cheating and the refs the rules whatever cost the Lions a win, which they deserved. And the running back knew his knee had touched the ground and thought he could bluff the refs and got away with it. He does not have a conscience either!
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      SM: HArd to believe that there is a rule that if you throw the challenge flag on a play that is automatically reviewed, (ie a TD, a scre, a turnover), that you are accesssed a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This might be one of the most foolish things I have ever seen.

      That being said, today’s game of football is gutless.

      With today’s you cant touch another player or you will be fined, suspended and penalyzed, great players like Dick Butkis, LT, Deacon Jones, Ronnie Lott, Jack Lambert … , all of these players would never have been considered great as all of their signature plays are considred illegal in today’s game.

      They might as well play flag football these days.

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