NFL News: Referees In Hot Water For Lions vs. Seahawks Game
The Detroit Lions unsuccessful playoff run continued this weekend, when they lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
In a post-game report by Shalise Manza Young for Yahoo! Sports, the Seahawks beat the Lions 16-6, ending Detroits season. The win moves Seattle to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, as they go on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons on January 14th.
On the other side, it was a bitter pill to swallow for the Lions, who have yet to win a playoff game on the road since 1957. As noted in Young's report, some of the key factors that were being blamed for their loss were the "eye-popping plays" from Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson, with his one-handed grabs, as well as the "poor run" defense by Detroit, and what was believed to be some officiating blunders.
According to Young's report, Richardson made a one-handed touchdown catch halfway through the second quarter, but while he was going after the ball with one hand, his other hand was grabbing the facemask of Lions safety Tavon Wilson. Despite the clear facemask pennalty, game officials did not call any foul.
NBC's Michelle Tafoya then went on to call out the erring play as the second half kicked off, reporting that Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell failed to notice and take note of the supposed facemask penalty against Richardson. Other post-game reports claim that officials, specifically second-year referee Brad Allen, admitted to have failed to apologize to Caldwell for the missed facemask, and that none of his fellow referees did.
Another incident that was noted by Young's report was when wide receiver TJ Jones was tripped. But since there was no flag for pass interference, no foul was called.
Some former and current players of Detroit voiced their grievances towards the officiating. For former safety James Ihedigbo, it has been part of Detroit Lions football history.
"The Lions do not get calls in the playoffs I thought we established that in Dallas!" Ihedigbo said via Twitter.
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