Lions can’t accept that they were offside on blocked field goal

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For a moment on Thanksgiving, the Lions appeared to have tied the game late against the Vikings by blocking a field goal and returning it for a touchdown. Instead they had jumped offside, giving the Vikings a first down and allowing them to kneel down to run out the clock and clinch the victory.

Replays made clear that the officials were correct to call Darius Slay offside before he blocked the kick, but afterward the Lions couldn’t accept it.

I wasn’t,” Slay said. “I don’t feel like I was. They cheated me.”

Nevin Lawson, who picked up the blocked kick and ran it to the end zone, was asked after the game whether he thought Slay was offside and answered, “Nope.”

Whether Slay and Lawson realize it or not, Slay was offside. In a game with a lot of bad calls, that call was right.

57 responses to “Lions can’t accept that they were offside on blocked field goal

  1. It’s understandable they thought the officials got it wrong, they blew almost every other call in that game. Anyone else noticed a weekly pattern? The most bollixed up games just about every week always seem to involve Tony Corrente’s crew. What on Earth were they doing calling a national game? smdh

  2. Why would anyone but fans of the teams involved watch what passed for NFL football yesterday? The games were poorly played, even more poorly officiated, and with the exception of the first one, not even competitive. It’s not a mystery to me why their ratings are down. Their product stinks to high heaven!

  3. Lions are a good team and I like them. They’re not my team, but I’ve always rooted for them since I was a kid. But for any Lions player or fan to complain about the officiating of yesterday’s game is a bit much.

  4. He was that far offside on a passing play, it would have been blown dead due to him being unabated to the QB.

  5. It’s one thing to be the beneficiary of horrifyingly bad calls, but to expect them is beyond the pale.

  6. Highest paid QB in the league, one sided officiating, and not taking responsibility for a loss. When did the Lions turn into the Packers?

  7. Slay and Lawson might be the only two people on earth that couldn’t see that Slay was clearly offsides. Someone should show them the replay…in super slow motion, then freeze the frame at the point where Slay is three feet into the backfield while the ball is still unsnapped. Then if you really want to blow their minds, show them the play where Diggs got mauled and pass interference was NOT called.

  8. finchy74 says:
    November 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Lions are a good team and I like them. They’re not my team, but I’ve always rooted for them since I was a kid. But for any Lions player or fan to complain about the officiating of yesterday’s game is a bit much.
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    True. But the league still owes the Lions about 50 make up calls for screwing them year in and year out with bad calls, most of which were at crucial times and cost them games.

  9. No question. Offside by a lot. Watch the replay.
    How about the horrible missed call on the Lions DB that mugged Vikings WR Stefon Diggs on a deep pass over the middle.
    In the words of Troy Aikman, I don’t know how that’s not pass interference.
    And the ref in the booth agreed.

  10. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    November 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Why would anyone but fans of the teams involved watch what passed for NFL football yesterday?
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    I watched specifically to see Jerry Jones and his Cowboys get humiliated again, and I was not disappointed.

  11. I’m a Vikings fan and I didn’t even sweat the blocked kick and return because it was so obvious that he was offside and I knew a flag had been thrown. And as a Vikings fan, I always assume the worst, so my lack of concern in that situation is telling.

  12. If they truly feel that way, then it just proves that even dumb, ignorant people can be millionaires.

  13. “Why would anyone but fans of the teams involved watch what passed for NFL football yesterday? The games were poorly played, even more poorly officiated, and with the exception of the first one, not even competitive. ”

    I’m pretty sure you are a Packers fan, like me. Yet you must’ve watched this game, or how could you comment on aspects of the game? Let’s just accept that the Packers season is over w/o Rodgers (as many of us have said for years btw), and the Vikings are actually playing very well.

    Too bad he was offside, though. That would’ve made for a great ending.

  14. No one should blame the Lions for wondering why that late call did not go their way. They had been led to believe the flag bearers had their backs this game. We Vikings fans were equally surprised by that call.

  15. I don’t even know how slay could say that with a straight face, it wasn’t even the quick twitch offsides… it was over and past the line of scrimmage. Did he even bother to watch the tape?

  16. Tony Corrente & his crew are having a rough go of things, aren’t they? Officials should desire to be like long snappers, no one knows their names, & when they do, it’s almost never good

  17. I watched as much of the game as I could. Between the horrible officiating, the achingly dull chatter of Buck and Aikman, the annoyingly giddy commercials, and the dominance of the Vikings, I just turned it off.

    Watching a football game shouldn’t be worse than a root canal. No wonder they sell so much beer. Anesthesia is what makes it all possible.

    When I heard the final score, I couldn’t believe it was so close. If anyone thought the game was competitive, they didn’t see the same first half I did.

  18. Play the games fair and lose is anything close to what the lions want. They want it to be cheated and win.

  19. jwoj2626 says:
    November 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    It would not have tied the game. It was an extra point and would have only counted for two… Thanks for paying attention.
    ……
    The best part about this comment is the “Thanks for paying attention” remark. How ironic.

  20. Slay is made out to be such a great corner, but he gets so much leeway from the officials. In the Browns game, he had his hands all over their receivers the whole game and I think he only drew one call. I wish our corners would get the same benefit of the doubt that he gets.

  21. They’re just trolling, obviously he knows he was offsides.

    I bet he understands the refs bailed them out numerous times and made a game out of what was going to be a blowout.

    He’s attempting to take the attention away from a miserable performance by the Lions, the officiating, and the NFL overall.

  22. I was rooting for the Lions big time. So even though I thought I had seen the offsides on the live play (so I didnt get too excited during the runback) I still watched the replay very intently looking for some sort of argument in favor of the Lions. But nope. Wasn’t there. Offsides by an unquestionable mile. Game over.

  23. It wasn’t even close. The guy was around the corner before the ball was snapped. That’s the only reason he blocked the kick. It’s not like TD got called back and there was a ticky tack call that didn’t have anything to do with the outcome. In this case, the foul was the only reason the kick got blocked. The game shouldn’t have even been close. The refs gave the Lions a couple calls as the first half was coming to a close that allowed them to score, so that the television audience didn’t go bye-bye.

  24. If anyone wants to complain about the officiating it should be Vikings fans & players. Their receiver Diggs was mauled twice with no calls. This game shouldn’t have even been close!

  25. I’m obviously not a Lions fan, but I do feel like many times they get shafted by the refs!! That said, they called that one correct.

  26. Its ridiculous that Lions fans and players are even complaining. He was so offside for starters. Second….the officials tried to help the Lions win…it wouldnt gave even been close otherwise…..the no call on text book pass interference….the gift wrapped TD for the Lions before the half….the “taunting” penslty on case. Why would anyone taunt when they get sacked? The Lions are very good….Stafford is a fantastic…but the Vikings are playing way better since week 4. It shouldnt have even been close but thanks to terrible officiating it was.

  27. ackattack22 says:
    November 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm
    Even Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Helen Keller could see that Slay jumped offsides.

    51 3 Rate This

    I’m happy the Vikings won and the call was correct but the fact that this comment got 51 likes so far is over the top. Y’all are straight savage liking a comment like that lol

  28. The officiating was so bad in this game, that I actually couldn’t believe they got that one right. It sure seemed like the NFL really wanted the Lions to win that game. The radio call into Corrente to pick up the flag on that play must not have gone through I guess…

  29. That was a terrible display of refereeing. That whole game the refs made bad calls! Most of them against a Vikings team that was dominating that game. I’m sure the NFL wants to keep primetime games close, but that was the worst reffed game of the day. Fire that crew

  30. The fact any Lions player could say that Slay was not offsides is poor sportsmanship and very telling of one’s true character. I mean this was not even close and yes this game may have been one of the worst Officiated games in past 10 years. The Lions really were never in the game except for the help from the Referees. I also have to add that some of the comments you see on this site have to be from grade school kids, there is no way that adult minds are generating this type of content, it’s just not possible. Go Vikes

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