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Raiola was afraid he dealt team a blow, which would have stunk

Dominic Raiola AP

Lions center Dominic Raiola thought he was busted.

And he thought it was one of those you can’t hide from.

Raiola was dangerously close to being ineligibly downfield on teammate Kevin Smith’s last-minute, game-winning score against the Rams Sunday, and he was looking for flags before he celebrated.

Asked if it was like looking for a cop after running a red light, Raiola opened the door into the mind of a lineman.

Maybe like farting in a restaurant,” Raiola said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Popping a pimple, if you will.”

“I pulled around and I kind of felt Kev push me a little bit,” he continued. “I was trying to inch my way back. I saw him catch the touchdown. I didn’t really celebrate right away. I looked [to one] sideline, I looked [to the other] sideline, I cleared the flags, both refs were in the end zone. But I think it was close.

“I think [Fox rules analyst] Mike Pereira said it would have been ticky-tack if they would have called it. So they didn’t call it. I wasn’t trying to. I just hovered around the line and him trying to get out kind of pushed me forward a little bit.”

Fortunately, he didn’t push too far, because by that point in the game, everyone was gassed. And if Smith’s play had been called back, they’d have been broken-hearted.

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8 Responses to “Raiola was afraid he dealt team a blow, which would have stunk”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 12, 2012 5:51 PM

    Just stop.

  2. hrmlss says: Sep 12, 2012 6:00 PM

    I see what you did there.

  3. schmitty2 says: Sep 12, 2012 6:35 PM

    No worries Dom..that was overshadowed by the nice clockwork by the people upstairs just before the 2 minute warning

  4. Ted Skroback says: Sep 12, 2012 6:40 PM

    noticed this when watching the highlights of the play he was dangerously close

  5. snoilog says: Sep 12, 2012 6:58 PM

    NFL’s only 5 foot nothing cneter

  6. hyzers says: Sep 12, 2012 7:01 PM

    A bunch of teams all run block on short passes anyways. It keeps the LBs sucked up to play the run and away from the edges. Good non-call.

  7. nflfollower says: Sep 12, 2012 7:47 PM

    I believe offensive lineman are allowed 2 yards past the line of scrimmage in college football, at least that’s the way its taught on play action and its never called. To get the ineligible downfield call you almost always have to be at least 3 yards downfield. From my many years of watching the NFL, it seems to be the case on the big stage as well.

  8. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 12, 2012 8:25 PM

    I gotta give props to both Raiola and Peterman. They both had a really good game which honestly rarely happens, especially at the same time.

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