Officials wrongly told Stafford: “No contact before the ball arrived”

AP

In the immediate aftermath of the botched pass interference non-call that went against the Lions in Dallas on Sunday, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford demanded an explanation. The explanation he got was factually inaccurate.

Stafford, who was wearing an NFL Films microphone during the game, went to two different officials to ask why there was no pass interference penalty. One official told him, “You have no contact before the ball arrived,” and the other told him, “There was no contact.”

But that simply isn’t true: A look at a still image shows that Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens made contact well before the ball got to Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Hitchens also made contact with Pettigrew earlier in the play, grabbing his jersey in what the NFL has admitted should have been a penalty for defensive holding.

For two different officials to call that “no contact” is a rather shocking admission that the officials didn’t have a clue what happened on the play. Of course, with 22 players on the field being observed by seven officials, stuff is always going to get missed. What’s particularly aggravating from Stafford’s perspective, however, is that the pass interference by Hitchens wasn’t missed: One official saw it, threw the flag and told the head referee, who announced the penalty.

It’s still a mystery why, after that, an official who didn’t see the penalty was permitted to overrule the official who did see the penalty. No matter how much Stafford or anyone else on the Lions demands an explanation to that, no explanation will be satisfactory.

233 responses to “Officials wrongly told Stafford: “No contact before the ball arrived”

  1. Jerry Jones bought that game. No way he beats the Packers without more creative officiating.

  2. Three words, ‘give it up’ … they had many other chances and didn’t get it done. If you need to vent, fine, but it sounds like whining at this point. Championship teams just win.

  3. If you were in charge of a billion dollar corporation, would YOU leave anything to chance?

  4. I’m not a big conspiracy theory guy but it sure does look more and more like the NFL really wanted to see Green Bay and Dallas this week…

  5. You should sue for a post-season victory of your choice!!!

    Or you should admit the system is faulty and work on correcting it. But that would require intelligence and patience and in the current LCD environment we live in, there’s no chance of that happening. What was my fallback, again? Oh yeah…

    Complaining about refs? LOL

  6. If there was no contact why throw the flag? What about the things they did see? Like Dez on the field.

    This is a non – issue at this point. We know they screwed up, now what’s the solution to prevent further instances of this sort. ( Maybe penalty booth reviews under 2 mins?)

    I don’t think anyone expects them to see everything, but you have to wonder what they’re looking at given the litany of infractions they missed.

  7. The best solution when no satisfactory explanation is possible is for the governing entity to seize this as a catalyst for change. Something like…

    “We here at the NFL understand the frustration of all sides of perspective on this, not just the silver-and-blue-collar Lions, but other teams this could affect and the fans of this community and all others as well. We see this as a great moment in time and opportunity to do something about it for the future even though we cannot fix the past. The time is now to put aside our differences and to unite towards a solution, and we the NFL have identified a set of solutions to prevent anything horrible like this from happening again. Our ability to learn and adapt and to be inspired for change for the greater good has led us to immediately enact and implement the following solutions to accommodate all that have been affected during this momentous event. This is what we are going to do to showcase to the entire world of sports how the NFL is able to move quickly and refine their ways in a more profound form of evolution in efforts to be the best we can be. We ask everybody to join us and support each other as this is for the betterment of all. The following steps that will go into force immediately are….”

  8. There has to be consequences for the way this game was officiated. Fine, suspension, or firing.

    I don’t expect anyone to get EVERY call, or no call right.

    However, I do expect, the officials to keep at least some control over the proceedings at all times. Between the throwing. and announcing of the flag, the announcing first down for Detroit. Bryant going out on the field to protest, suddenly reversing the flag without explanation, as the coach looks for a play to run on a fresh set of Downs. All of a sudden the situation changes and Caldwell needs to find something for a 4th down play, while the play clock is winding down. Which then lead to a delay of game.

    These officials need to be disciplined of sorts, the league has been trying to avoid embarrassment all year long, with off the field issue. Now the stage is getting bigger, and you have a big ugly mess out of the starting blocks to the road of the Super Bowl.

    Something other than saying “Yeah he should have called that.” needs to be done.

  9. Man this horse is way past its flogging prime. The flies are thick around the carcass. How many more “stories” can you come up with on this? Over/under is 75. Geez.

  10. Guys when are y’all going to wake up. The media is still pushing this story after “3” days and it’s not going to change anything. The game will not be replayed…SO LET IT GO!!!

    Every media outlet is making tons of money to hear you Cowboys and Lions fans go back and forth.

  11. Can we please stop whining about this? Talk about beating a dead horse…grow up people! Cowboys win, Lions lose. End of story. Move on please

  12. This is a joke. I can think of five non-calls that could have helped the Cowboys. They include face mask, running into the kicker, pass interference, block to the back, and holding. If profootballtalk wasn’t biased, they would mention that bad calls and non-calls go both ways in ALL games, including this one.
    Even if no contact was made, Pettigrew would have never touched the ball. It was such a bad throw that it hit Hitchens in the back.

  13. If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck and ……..
    ………. Even the official explanation is pure rubbish ……….
    ……… it is what it is ……. FRAUD ….

  14. GET OVER IT!

    -Bad calls are part of EVERY game!

    -If the call went the other way it is not an automatic win.

    -The stomping chickens came home to roost-karma.

    -The Lions suck and would never win a championship anyway.

  15. Any team that wins in this way, whether there was a conspiracy or not, is not going to be “Americas Team” for long.

    People are sick to their stomach knowing the legitimacy of that win by Dallas has been compromised. Not only because they were playing well after so long, but if they lose to GB it’ll just reinforce the narrative that they can’t win without “help.”

  16. Will we still be reading of this atrocity in another fifty years? How can this agression against all mankind go unpunished? MDS, thanks to you for actually taking a stand against the striped aggressors. Let the others (the fools) continue to publish their “substantive” football news for all the “suckers” who simply want to read about a sport.

  17. All of us have, in recent time, have witnessed the “FIXING” of Baseball games, Basketball games, Hockey games, Pro boxing, Heck in soccer they literally execute key players. But noooo not in Football. Think about it ….

  18. While I do not agree with the call, one thing needs to be clarified. The referee who threw the flag was not “overruled”. A referee can discuss the call with other officials and reverse their call, but an other official cannot overrule the call. Doesn’t change what was a terrible final decision because it definitely had an impact on the game.

  19. I’m not a cowboys fan a or close to it BUT… If Jerry can buy refs as some of you speculate on….why didn’t they make the playoffs more than once the last decade +??

  20. That win is meaningless in the eyes of the country and they will never get the credit for a fair win, never. The whole country saw what happened. In fact Dallas was on their way to probably choke that game away at home had any of those penalties been called. Momentum was clearly in favor of the Lions who were going to get points. The chaos that ensued was deflating and a huge momentum shift for Dallas. Too bad for Detroit they could not get back on the horse once they got knocked off. T
    he series of plays after the no calls was the nail in the coffin for Detroit keeping Romo from a hell of a media crush for being the biggest choke artist in history.
    I dont care about either team, its just that teams work so hard to win a superbowl and the refs have to make the playoffs about them instead of the players. Nauseating.
    Need to get replay and allow a flag for junk like that then we have a game. For real game not some joke.

  21. I hate the “they had other opportunities” argument. These are playoff games, 2 good evenly matched teams. A lot of times these games come down to 1-2 plays to decide a winner. The Cowboys got EXTRA opportunities(plays) to win because of the officials. Opportunities they wouldn’t have had if the refs called 1 of the 3 obvious penalties on that play. The refs took away an opportunity that the Lions deserved & gave it to the Cowboys.

    And no not a Lions can or Cowboys hater. Just calling it as I see it.

  22. Its very clear that a handful of owners have Goodell’s ear & that is now showing up on the field.

    1. He destroyed all tapes from NE.
    2. He let Rice off on a 2 game suspension before the major backlash.
    3. The refs did everything in their power to get Jones his 1st playoff win in ages.

  23. WR had just as much contact including hands to the face or face mask. 3 points in the second half wont win many playoff games PERIOD. had chances and didnt get it done. i have seen WORST PI not called, only a big deal because its dallas. everythings bigger in texas #WeDEMBoys!

  24. I am a Lions fan since 1973 and I hate the officials goofed this up. The Lions fans are used to NFL screwups and know that we should never let the game be so close that an official’s error makes a difference in the outcome. Congratulations Dallas on your win.

  25. What’s truly amazing is that there had not been a bad call made by in a official in the entire history of the NFL before Sunday night. Astonishing!

  26. I dn’t have stats to back it up, but it looks like the refs have shied away from the PI calls in the post season.

    The ten yard punt was the knife in the gut.

  27. Anybody who think these calls alone cost the Lions the game didn’t watch the game. There were a few badly missed calls against Dallas in the first half that nobody is talking about either. Get over it. Move on.

  28. From a Cowboys fan – The Lions got screwed and who knows if they would have even scored a go ahead TD. After the first quarter they could only manage field goals. Now it is on to Green Bay where the day time high temp is only going to be 23. Enjoy the cold and maybe Jerry and Chris can keep each other warm.

  29. You guys can go ahead and move on to another subject already. Literally nothing can happen from here on.

  30. “Three words, ‘give it up’ … they had many other chances and didn’t get it done. If you need to vent, fine, but it sounds like whining at this point. Championship teams just win.”

    Every coach in the NFL agrees that a single bad play can cost you the game: an off sides in the red zone; a pass interference, etc. So Dallas got there’s with a tipped ball interception in the red zone. Then Detroit finally gets their break and what happens? Give me a break! Somebody got paid off; there’s no other explanation.

  31. One thing is for sure…there is no way in Heck that the officials will be able to call a biased game for Dallas vs. Green Bay. There will be so much scrutiny on those refs it will be unreal.

    Let’s hope the Packers dispatch the Cowboys so we can stop talking about how this whole playoff year is tainted. If the Cowboys advance, there is a black cloud over the playoffs.

  32. A referee that didnt see the jersey being pulled gets his way over the ref that did and called it? why didnt the ref who saw it get more adamant over being over ruled,has he no pride. did Jerry get to that ref who had no business even to be in the discussion of the penalty? Sonny Listons fixed loss against Clay and the phantom punch reminds me of what happened with that ref.

  33. The “officiating” in that DET v. DAL playoff game is like an onion: the more layers you peel away, the more it STINKS.

  34. Probably the biggest blown call in my lifetime, simply because they made the right call and then picked up the flag.
    That game would have been over if they made that call and the call on Dez. I would love to see video evidence of another face guarding with contact no call…ever.

  35. Well, why a ref “who didn’t see the penalty” was allowed to over turn it, is because the ref who over turned it was probably 50 yards closer, by their own admission, than the ref who threw the flag.

    The media has been dying for a good Cowboys conspiracy. Detroit still had the lead, and the ball, after that penalty. 8 more minutes and 26 more plays. They had ample opportunity.

    Most people just chose to ignore all the bad calls that went against Dallas in the first 3 quarters, and focus on this one. that way they can have something to hold on to, as a way to diminish the Cowboys, and say “Nah, they should’ve lost” which is simply not true.

  36. A conspiracy is the only explanation for the fact that the most awesome franchise in the history of the world, the Minnesota Vikings, have never won a championship. In fact, I just had that confirmed in my most recent conversation with my neighbor’s dog.

  37. This is yet another instance exposing the incompetence of NFL officials. You would think the most successful, most popular, and most financially sound professional sports league on the planet would have the best officials, but don’t hold your breath. As long as these guys are part-timers and don’t often get fired, this will continuie to be a plague on the NFL.

  38. Not conspiracy, it’s incompetence of on-field refs. This happens week after week. NFL needs to embrace technology. We at home are better able to make calls from our living rooms than the on-field officials. A multi-billion dollar operation should be able to put cameras all over the field and a crew in a booth with replay equipment to watch them and make correct calls – in real time – and quickly relay them down to the 3-4 refs on the field, whose only jobs would then be to spot the football, mark off penalties, keep the peace, and then get h*ll out of the way.

  39. Pettigrew also had a hold of Hitchens face mask. I don’t agree with them picking up the flag but that isn’t what lost the Lions the game. Scoring 3 points in the 2nd half is what lost them the game. Let it go already.

  40. As a Lions fan, I ask you kindly to please stop. It’s getting to be like salt in an open wound and quite frankly it’s just time to move on. I do appreciate all the work though, you may have bought us a couple of calls next year

  41. It might be nice to see Green Bay take Dallas behind the shed this weekend and beat them senseless, but it might be nicer if Dallas has the game in hand and then the officials snatch it away.

  42. My interest in the NFL began to wane after I saw the Fail Mary and this is another example of how incompetent the officiating is. Although my allegiance is with one team, I have found the NFL to be entertaining enough to watch most games through DirecTV. The poor officiating, which has been compounded by the leagues unwillingness to make any improvements, has eroded my interest in the game. Sad to say, but it may be time for me to change the channel.

  43. What is evident with this controversy is the NFL’s behind the scenes power. If you are a casual fan or a fan who relies on the major networks of ESPN, FOX, or the NFL’s own network for your NFL news then you were barraged by analysts making excuses, denials, and claims to defend the officials like they are running Public Relations for the league instead of doing their objective journalistic duties. Now the networks are actively trying to ignore fans concerns with game integrity in hopes of this thing going away. This forum is one of the few still giving this situation the attention it deserves.

  44. Factually inaccurate – something a lawyer would say. Like saying the penalty was unfounded. This your Commish

  45. I guess a placed hand is a foul now….no pushing, pulling or blocking with that hand…

    Revis would lead the league in penalties if we started tossing flags for this garbage.

  46. I’m sure my facts aren’t right. But on the Cowboys “game winning” drive, it seems like every third down they got some call to keep the drive alive after an incomplete pass. When watching it, the calls after the Hitchens “opps” just fell for Dallas like a house of cards one after another. Not to mention Dez Bryant… I saw him running out onto the field and thought “Well, there goes the game, Dez.” Then he proceded to get right in the Refs face and yell and still… nothing.

    I can’t say that the officiating surprised me because of how inconsistant it has been league-wide for quite awhile now. And if I’m perfectly honest, the Hitchens call seemed a little bit ticky-tack. The jersey pull was extremely minor and the rest just seems like normal contact you’d expect in a playoff game. Just because your back is turned to the ball and you break up the play doesn’t mean you get a flag thrown. It’s not like he tackled the guy before the ball got there.

    One thing is for sure… I have seen MUCH less get flagged and MUCH worse not get flagged this season. So it really just leaves everyone scratching their heads wondering what the rules are… Just watch the Seahawks game on Sunday. I bet there are a dozen non-calls where WR/TEs get mugged by the “LoB”.

  47. Let’s keep bawling and whining about the ref call until people can blame the Lions’ failure to do ANYTHING for three and a half quarters on that one ‘blown call’. I mean, one ref call is enough to offset letting Dallas score 17 unanswered points and the Lions scoring three in the entire second half, right? Hell, they only scored six points across THREE QUARTERS.

    And for the record, I’m neither a Cowboys fan nor a Lions fan. I’m a Texans fan, so I’m pretty neutral except for the once or twice in a decade when Houston and Dallas actually play against each other.

  48. It’s still a mystery why, after that, an official who didn’t see the penalty was permitted to overrule the official who did see the penalty.

    ———————————————-

    From what I understand about how the game is officiated, each ref has an area that they are responsible for. One guy watches this, another this…so on and so on.

    The question you have to ask the NFL is:

    1) How are 2 refs watching the same thing?

    2) Who over-ruled whom? Was it the guy whose job it was to watch those players who was over-ruled, or the other way round?

    Picking up a flag like that doesn’t pass the smell test.

    – Neither a Lions/Cowboys fan

  49. The refs single handedly changed the entire outcome of the game with the bad no-calls/reversals. It doesn’t matter “how many other chances the Lions had to win the game”. The fact is, they were winning and the refs screwed them over and cost them the game. Plain and simple, that’s all there is to it.

  50. .
    That wasn’t a single bad call. That was a full fledged conspiracy that included multiple members of the officiating crew. That can’t happen without the league’s approval – in advance.
    .
    The NFL is, without question, fixed. When you have the league office talking into the ref’s ear between each play, it is easy to see how they get what they want. The refs are not independent – they are pawns.
    .
    It is not a contest, it is entertainment – like Wrestling…

  51. The fact that no official will step forward and just explain over ruling the ref who saw and called it, says it all. Tired also of the boy supporters, telling the world to move on(or overlook), the call cause if it had gone against them, it would have been the reason they lost. NFL –where the worse performers control the game!

  52. Without accountability there can be no credibility, the games are fixed to produce the biggest commercial match ups.

    The NFL has less integrity than any other “reality” show, it’s all scripted drama for the sake of Vegas money.

  53. No Defensive Pass-Interfeance. No Holding of Suh. No flag on Dez for coming onto field without a helmet. Yeah, absolutely NOBODY can say the refs didn’t basically hand the Cowboys the game in the last few minutes.

  54. Dallas was 3 points down at the time. This directly led to following drive which allowed Dallas to score the winning TD. That drive was also marred by the officials missing Suh being bear hugged on a 4th and 6 which kept Dallas’s drive alive.

    These aren’t ticky tack calls. They were blatant and are called 100% of the time except in this game.

  55. Listen I’m fully aware that the Lions had numerous opportunities to score. I do not put the loss on the pathetic effort of the zebras. I’d like to hear from the NFL’s leader regarding the games officiating. Once again he’s silent and nowhere to be found. Typical response to another black eye on his watch. Where are you Roger?

  56. The official who got the call overturned thought he saw no contact before the ball arrived. He also happened to be closer to the play, but so what? A referee had a very good view of it and made the correct call. The Umpire then decided to choose the wrong official.

    Sort of like the Fail Mary. One ref is signalling INT and the other rec and TD. The umpire that day was the guy to blame for accepting one call over the other without consulting both refs. Then once he accepted the erroneous TD call he couldn’t overturn it on replay because there was a scrum of players on the ground. (this from a Packers fan).

    The Umpire made the bad call but all umpires are human They will all make mistakes..

  57. I know the media isn’t talking about this because it doesn’t help the storyline, but the only guy that threw a flag was 40-50 yards away from the play. That is why he was overruled.

  58. Yo Cowboy fan posters, shut up and let the people speak. You got to watch your team advance in the playoffs where there were to many bad calls that went your way and allowed your advancement to occur. There is no way you will convince Lion fans or for that matter the millions of other fans that watched the injustice occur. Your speaking about it only incenses the mob mentality. The bottom line is YOUR TEAM ADVANCED. So now the pressure is on the Cowboys to win again or all they won was the chance to play another game.

  59. LET. IT. GO.

    seriously, stop beating this dead horse.

    The play happened with over 8 minutes to go in the game. the reason they lost was:

    1. shanked punt
    2. defense couldn’t stop Dallas for whole drive, incl. a 4th down play
    3. Stafford fumbled the ball 2 times on potential game winning drive with plenty of time and 2 timeouts.

    Lions choked, plain and simple. they easily could have and should have won that game.

    Put the focus on where it should be: Lions choked a huge lead, and their QB is horrible

  60. This points more and more to just a blown call and poor officiating communication by Morelli. Blown calls happen, you all know it.

    But the most egregious non-call was Bryant on the field with his helmut off arguing the call…this along with the impropriety of Jungle Boy is where the narrative should really be…

  61. LET IT GO! The play in question took maybe 5 seconds. The Lions had 59 minutes and 55 seconds to score more points than the Cowboys and keep them from scoring more than they did. They failed on both counts, thus they lost. Stop living in the past.

  62. Thanksgiving Day Coin Flip
    1999 NFC Championship Game
    1982 Snow Plow game
    Hochuli blows play dead in 2008
    2002 NFC Wild Card game – pass interference
    The Holy Roller
    Music City Miracle
    Fail Mary game
    Tuck Rule
    Mike Renfro ruled out of bounds
    Jerry Rice fumbles against Green Bay but was not down

    I can continue giving examples of other missed calls – the so called blatant hold on Suh was a hold but I can give you 30 other holdings against the Lion offensive lineman if your would like.

    Get over it and the Cowboys are moving on – most be frustrating for the Cowboy haters.

  63. and yet they called Detroit for defensive holding TWICE in the next drive to give the game to Dallas.
    They see what they’re paid to see.

  64. This is too funny I’ve never seen more heads explode over a call, The refs made a determination on the field there was no contact. We can Monday referee all we want but we weren’t on the field it didn’t see what angles the refs saw. fact is Lions had 2 1/2 minutes to score and couldn’t get it done, and the Dallas defense prevailed sacking Stafford twice for fumbles. But nothing is worth satisfying been seeing lines heads explode hahaha plus this will be extra motivation for the Cowboys to blow out the Packers:)

  65. Enough already. This is really getting old.
    The refs threw the game with the probable and apparent support of Jerry, Roger and the NFL..
    Not really much else to say.

  66. Even with many officials looking at different parts of the play, the ball was headed Pettigrew’s way. That’s the focus of the play and probably where the official emphasis should be.

  67. Same ole Lions. As soon as I saw them pick up the flag. I knew the Lions would quit. 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter and you still lead and they simply quit because something didn’t go their way. Lions simple don’t know how to win a big game, yet. It’s crazy. No excuse for the penalty after the call, no excuse for the 10-yard punt, no excuse for only putting up 3 points in the second half, no excuse for several defensive penalties that extended the Cowboy game-winning drive. No excuse for not executing on that final drive to go and win the game. They quit.

  68. I still cannot believe how such a crappy pass has gotten so much attention.

    Pi, holding or whatever, how the hell was he supposed to catch thatvball anyway? I guess the linebacker was just supposed ti move out of the way?

  69. I haven’t heard a single comment from Rodger. Is he still in charge? This mess keeps getting uglier. Appears the playing field was not level in Dallas. Total incompetence and the Lions were on the short end every time? What other conclusions can be drawn? And wasn’t Tony Soprano from Jersey?

  70. Hey Dallas fans, pay attention this weekend. You’ll see what a real team looks like.

  71. does not matter this game was fixed. the nfl wanted the cowboys to win and they made sure it happened. we as fans should boycott this weekend football. I for one do not want to watch fixed games.

  72. “The ref made a determination that there was no contact” but whomever threw the flag obviously saw contact otherwise the flag would not have been thrown in the first place. Yeah right.

    The NFL definitely wanted the Cowboys (not the Lions) to advance. This is becoming worse than heavyweight boxing…….

  73. It doesn’t matter anyway. Rogers is going to kill Dallas.

    It is more important for the Lions to decide if they want to pay the price to keep Suh or not. If not, we need to start making plans on how we are going to use the money that not keeping Suh will free up. If they don’t re-sign Suh I would like to see them re-sign Fairley.

  74. Detroit got away with a FALSE START that resulted in a 12 yard completion and first down in the first half, HOW THE HELL DOES A REF MISS A FALSE START! They also ran into the Dallas punter and weren’t flagged and they pushed a dallas wr into a lion to get dallas called for offensive interference. Any other idiot that says dallas got all the calls needs their eyes examined or they simply didn’t watch the entire game.

  75. Of course – Jerruh bought the game. If the league is so enamored of Jerruh and Dallas, and want them so badly to succeed, why have they made it a point to have the Cowboys be a non-factor for nearly two decades?

    The ignorance and whining of so many children is simply amazing.

    Maybe Detroit should have scored more than 3 points in the second half.

    Maybe Detroit should have grown a set of cajones and gone for it on 4th-and-1.

    Maybe Detroit should have stopped Dallas on 4th-and-6.

    Maybe Detroit shouldn’t have turned the ball over THREE times in the second half.

    But, no – let the crybabies whine about 1 play out of around 150.

  76. Missed calls happen in most games. If the NFL wants to put a stop to many of these game-altering missed calls, then they should make them challengeable.

  77. The only reason Hitchens grazed his shoulder was because his facemask was being pulled into him and he was trying to get his hand off his face mask. But if he makes the sting of a loss any better to blame the refs then go for it, I laugh at your misery.

  78. I’m sure if Green Bay wins there won’t be a single Cowboys fan complaining about the refs, they’ll just bend over and take it up the tailpipe.

  79. Lions fans now experience their own “Fail Mary” moment.

    It will become part of team history.

  80. PFT often annoys me but kudos to you on this story. Way to stand up and not buy the crap the NFL is selling. You are doing the job the networks should be doing. Instead, they close ranks and circle the wagons to protect the cash cow.

    Cheers to PFT!

  81. This whole fiasco is exhibit A for why Belichick has stumbled on the truth. COACHES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CHALLENGE ANY CALL (OR HERE, A NON-CALL). If this had been reviewed, there is no way one of the THREE penalties on the play wouldn’t have been called.

  82. LET.IT.GO

    It is beyond annoying now how people are acting like this was the equivalent to the “fail Mary” and that Dallas won the game on this questionable call. Last I checked they still had to score a TD to win, the Lions still had a shot at stopping them score that TD and then the Lions still had a shot at scoring their own TD to win.

    Maybe they got hosed by this call (I personally don’t think they did and a flag shouldn’t have been thrown in the first place) but teams get hosed by calls all the time and it doesn’t cost them games unless it is on the final few plays and as stated, this wasn’t. Nobody knows what would have happened had the call stood since half the quarter was left. Maybe Stafford throws a pick on the next play. The assumption that Detroit would have for sure held on had the call stood is so damn annoying and shows the limited intelligence of people.

    If people want to be upset at how it was handled then hey, great. Just quit the “the lions lost because of the officials” or “the NFL fixed the game” idiocy. Even after this play, they had 4th and 1 and Caldwell decided to not show he has a pair of balls and felt his defense would hold and they didn’t. Blaming the officials because the decision ended up failing is sheer idiocy.

    The officials didn’t make the Lions suck in the second half and I am 100% certain the biggest reason for the outrage is because it was the Cowboys on the positive end of this and most people hate the Cowboys. If it were a team like the Colts would there be this drama? Nope!

    Move the hell on.

  83. Dallas nation just needs to stop playing into the hands of the sports writers and quit posting on this subject. I for one am done with this. On to Green Bay. Go Cowboys!!!!!!

  84. Still not as bad as the High-Low on Favre in the NFC Championship game that should have been called. And the phantom PI on Vikings Linebacker Leber that gave NO a first down and eventual TD.

    I have always believed the issue is not “corruption” by officials but psychological influence of the crowd and atmosphere in a stadium.

    The calls ALMOST always seem to favor the home team, and I truly believe that Refs are influenced by the crowd roaring for a call or lack thereof.

    It was in Detroit, I believe calls would have been made differently.

  85. Detroit fans, there’s only one way you’re going to get over this and start feeling better about your life.
    Go buy a Cowboy’s jersey. Put it on and look in the mirror. Your self-esteem and confidence will go thru the roof. Head to your local sports bar and be the envy of the crowd as you cheer on America’s Team.
    You’ll be able to hold your head up and look people in the eye. You will have pride and self-respect.
    That’s the Cowboy way.

  86. On and on and on about this nonsense!? how pathetic. I know Lions fans who are tired of hearing these same recycled stories…. sheesh get over it people!

  87. So basically the Lions got hosed 3 times by the refs late in the game:
    1. the missed PI call
    2. Dez not getting penalized for coming on field w/o
    his helmet
    3. The missed holding of Suh on 4th down on Cowboys
    late drive.

    Now if you were a Cowboys fan and this happened to your team, you would have a legitimate right to be pi$$ed.

    NFL has become a joke. Cowboys victory is tainted.
    I suppose we should root for Packers this weekend but at this point, not sure if I give a rat’s a$$.

    I’m done being an NFL flunkie….I will not support this level of incompetence. Screw you Goodell..

  88. The league is simply a PR machine. Which is why a certain team that has played a murderer’s row of QB’s as follows…..

    Stanton, Kaepernick, Foles, Kaepernick, Lindley, Hill

    Yep, looks to me like that Seattle defense is one of the best of all time. Facing backups, retreads, regressions….seems about right.

    But just listen to the uninformed media….Seattle is the best in the league. Just wait…..they don’t know what they’ve got coming.

  89. Can you imagine if that call had gone against the packers?!! The fans would have marched to NYC and picketed the NFL offices…oh, wait, they did that after a regular season loss caused by replacement refs. I think they’d have Blandino and Goodell’s heads on spikes.

  90. Saw this morning on u-tube an official talking on his phone while officiating a basketball game,I am sure he will an NFL official next year.

  91. It was a fitting outcome imo. Karma for the dirtiest team in the nfl. I love how we throw the term”America’s team” around as if they are babied every season, all season. The lions typically blow every year, I get it…but don’t rag on other teams because they are successful.

  92. One thing is for sure…there is no way in Heck that the officials will be able to call a biased game for Dallas vs. Green Bay. There will be so much scrutiny on those refs it will be unreal.

    Not true. NFL will do what they have done all year – Blandino will come out on Monday morning and say “yep, missed that one. That one too. Sorry”

  93. It the NFL really had this rigged, it would have been much easier to just uphold the Suh suspension to help out the Cowboys. Also, if the games are rigged like most are saying, then why bother watching the Nfl at all? If they help dictate the outcome, I don’t understand why you would still watch the game, why you be so emotionally involved in your teams. The NFL is doing just fine, they don’t need dallas to advance . They are making enough money that they don’t have to have the refs throw games so that Dallas can advance. And what about past years, did they not need Dallas then, but all of a sudden they need it this year? I hope that everyone who thinks it’s fixed stops watching

  94. to all you who say “let it go, move one”, that is exactly what the NFL wants. It what we did last week. And the week before. And the week before that. At some point fans need to NOT let it go, and stand up and say “enough already”. It is not just ONE CALL anymore.

  95. Lifelong Lion’s fan here. Love the team, have always rooted for them, have cheered their successes, limited as they have been since I started watching in 1974. Also I have groaned and yelled at their missteps. It is all part of being a Lions fan.

    Sunday’s game was a well-fought, tough game. That’s why it was close.

    I am not going to go for the conspiracy angle; to me it seems worse than plain old incompetence. In a close game like that, I don’t see how ANYBODY can say that the call/non-call, and the missed holding call on the Cowboy’s 4th down did not affect the game – that is just nonsense. It most CERTAINLY affected the game’s outcome. Anyone who says otherwise is really more interested in seeing the Cowboys advance – or the Lions lose – than the actual integrity of the game. And I acknowledge that the Lions’ performance had weakened during the second half. So therefore I am not saying that the Lions would certainly have won without the bad calls/non-calls, but those calls made it impossible for them to win.

    All that being said, let’s just drop this already. Nothing is going to bring that game back for us. Not hearing the greasy apologies of Blandino and the NFL morons, nor the indignant justifications of the poor quality “referees”.

  96. Can’t wait for the Packers, who I despise but respect, to wallop the Cowboys so I can post “LET IT GO, MOVING ON” after all their snot nosed sniveling complaints.

  97. I don’t buy the conspiracy theories and do not believe there was malicious intent here. But man, did they screw up this call royally. Announcing it , then taking it away, then the replays showing that it should have been called? Just ineptitude all around.

    I think the NFL should re-evaluate mixing up the officiating teams for the playoffs. They should be scored as a unit and continue to officiate as a unit in the playoffs.

  98. You Cowboy fans are ridiculous. You got a couple of BIG call gifts. The hold on the jersey, then the pass interference, then loudmouth Dez, who thinks he’s a coach goes on the field.
    If the refs had any balls, they would have called him for unsportsmanlike penalty. And who picks up a pass interference flag with no explanation?
    Stop whining you Cowboy losers. And you celebrated like you won the super bowl when in fact it was more relief because you almost choked a game away if not for the refs.

  99. Whats interesting is that in those last 2 series there were a host of calls missed and 3 that weren’t. There was the hold on Pettigrew that wasn’t called, Dez on the field wo a helmet that wasn’t called, the PI on Pettigrew that wasn’t called. This btw admitted to by the NFL after the game all of these things that I mentioned. Then there was the final drive. There was an obvious holding call on Suh that was missed again admitted to by the NFL. This in an age where O line holding calls are rarely missed especially with a guy like Suh and his ability as the one being held. So that’s 4 calls that were “missed” by the refs on Dallas. Yet on that last drive there were 3 defensive holding calls on Detroit that were not missed. All of which the Suh no call and the three holding calls that were made helped contribute to the Cowboys winning. So you tell me how does not look suspicious. Im not ready to make the leap just yet but if this week there is more of the same calls against the Packers that are missed but none against the Cowboys that are missed then I and many others will be ready to scream foul. This after the pics of Blandino getting off Stephen Jones party bus filled with some ladies of the pole. I swear that man better not go near a Dallas Cowboys front office person for the remainder of the playoffs if he wants to have a job next year.

  100. The penalty flag was thrown by the back judge, who lines behind the defensive backfield. The official who said “no contact occurred” was the head linesman, who lines up on the line of scrimmage. I don’t understand why people are saying the head linesman was closer to the play, or why the officiating crew thought that the head linesman had a better view of the play. Stuff happens – early in this game, questionable calls were going against the Cowboys – late in the game all the missed calls hurt the Lions…

  101. It seems like the Sargent Schultz Dallas fans are having a problem accepting the fact that their team was bailed out by the refs with this call. I’m not going over the play,it was P.I. and is called 1000% of the time . The officials did not huddle to sort out the call,they didn’t announce anything after announcing P.I., they picked up the flag !,now we are told a”no contact” cover story. When something stinks you clean it up and this one stinks. This call will be remembered for years to come and the Dallas fans need to “let go” and end their ridiculous whining because the rest of us want to discuss one of the worst call of all time (play offs).

  102. If the Lions would make the playoffs more than once every half-century this might not be such a big deal.

    Bad calls happen all the time. Remember the Fail Mary end zone pass where the refs gave Golden Taint a touchdown reception over the Packer defenders?

    And what happened next? The Seahawk players invited the ref back to officiate a summer softball game – and the jackass actually wrote a book.

    Besides, Stafford’s pass practically hit the defender in his jockey shorts – not the most accurate toss we’ve ever seen. The guy would have had a tough time catching it even if the defender had fallen down.

  103. And the rattle throwing and bottle banging continues…poor widdle Detroit CRYIN’S fans. After all, it couldn’t POSSIBLY be that they just didn’t play well enough to win. Those fumbles and the stupid decision to punt (compounded by a BAD punt) couldn’t have had ANYTHING to do with it. Being unable to oh, you know BLOCK, or tackle or cover receivers, none of THAT had ANYTHING to do with it. Just ask these lil girls…then change their diapers.

  104. … and the Cowboys fans are still stomping theirs. The average five year old would have been over this already.

    Doesn’t matter: even if the Cowboys advance past Green Bay (not likely), their further advance will have a big ol’ asterisk by it. We all know it.

  105. There was a fix–but, just imagine for one second how awesome it would have been if Detroit was actually a better team and could have overcome a couple of bad calls??? Imagine Jerry’s face when all the money he must have paid to Morelli, Goodell, Blandino amounted to zilch??? That would have been so cool. Jerry, still having to watch them all buy new mansions–and his Cowboys still having lost a wildcard game–it’s nice to think about–if only Detroit were a good enough team to overcome such–but, they would then be like every winning team in the NFL, having to overcome a bad call or two. But, Jerry’s scarecrow face!!!

  106. As a die-hard Lions fan I was bummed about the missed calls. But missed calls by the officials do not entirely cause a team to lose a game. Teams need to rise above it and execute. Champions rise above the noise. This should be a learning opportunity for a promising Lions team. I’m sure these articles are meant to fuel change and improvements in the rules, but in my opinion, the topic became old news by Monday evening. GO LIONS!

  107. The reason this is being talked about is because it wasn’t “A MISSED CALL”. It WAS called and then uncalled. And, 2 refs both said there was no contact when there was, and defensive holding wasn’t called on the same play, and Bryant was called for being on the field.

    It’s not a missed call. It’s a fubar on a play that would jeopardize the Cowboys chances seriously in that game.

  108. I hope TMZ investigates the official that over-ruled the call because I know the sports media certainly won’t look at the corruption with officials in the NFL.

    Only a fool would think that games are not influenced by gamblers — it happened in soccer and it happened in the NBA and is STILL happening today in both sports. This is just MORE likely in a sport that uses part-time officials.

  109. Not a Cowboys fan, but it was a poor throw and the contact was minimal. The receiver even pushed on the defender’s facemask earlier in the route. I hate that a penalty was announced and then changed, but I agree in not calling pass interference during that crucial moment.

    I would have been happy if there were offsetting calls for the pushoff and the pi. But as I said, the ball was thrown short of the mark. Make a better throw and this is all moot.

  110. Anybody who follows small market teams like the lions, browns, and bills clearly are aware that games are not all called equally. Anyone watch that Browns, Patriots game the previous year? Sometimes the Refs just make it too obvious.

  111. This is already beyond out of hand, but let me go ahead and break this down for you. Apparently nobody has watched this play from beginning to end. At WORST this play should have been offsetting penalties. But the FIRST contact was FROM Pettigrew as he tries to distance himself from Hitchens with a push off. Hitchens then tries to counter by grabbing his jersey (which is minor and does not slow Pettigrew down). For Hitchens to be flagged for that would be ridiculous. Pettigrew then tries to push off a SECOND TIME, but puts his hand directly to Hitchens face, and fingers briefly grasp his facemask. Hitchens then tries to push his arm off his face. At this point, Pettigrew tries to turn around and catch the ball. Hitchens immediately puts his hands up in his best attempt to NOT interfere. The ball was poorly thrown and hits Hitchens in the back. Pettigrew never had a real shot at this. This play is so ridiculous. It was not PI, it should not have been PI. They made the right call by picking up the flag despite how stupid it seemed.

  112. The same official who overrode the pass interference call is the same one who had the pefect angle to see the hold that the NFL admitted was missed. So this same official, the head linesman, missed two infractions on one play. Incompetence or something else?

  113. Detroit, just sit back and watch the Cowboys do something you haven’t done in 23 years, beat the Packers at home. Maybe Jerry should buy a few truck loads of Kleenex to send to Detroit.

  114. And this fix is a surprise to real NFL fans? Please. This has been going on for some time. Just look at the refs helping the the Ravens against the niners in the recent Super Bowl. So many bad calls/noncalls. They wanted the double murderer to go out on top.

    There’s been many other fixes since. Wake up

  115. This has become absolutely comical.

    Watch the replay 100 times if you want. Hitchens grabbed the jersey, and Pettigrew grabbed Hitchens’ facemask. Off-setting penalties. Period. Those are both facts. And actually, Pettigrew’s grasp of Hitchens’ facemask is what caused the “pass interference” because Hitchens took his arm and swept Pettigrew’s hand off his facemask.

    You can fuss about whether or not Dez Bryant should have been penalized, but as Blandino said, that rule is technically for players who are actually part of the play. You can penalize him or not, but it’s a judgment call.

    The games are not fixed, no matter how much you want that to be true. The Cowboys are actually consistently one of the top 5 penalized teams every single year – look it up.

    It’s over – move on, folks. Making a mountain out of an ant hill here.

  116. At the beginning of the season, I predicted that the fix was in for a Dallas/Denver Super Bowl. I still believe that. I’m rooting for anyone except Dallas and also hoping that Jerry Jones ends up with frostbite.

    (And why is it that every Dallas rant sounds like Foghorn Leghorn?)

  117. To PFT and all the rest of you who cant let it go, let me settle this, once and for all!!!
    I admit it. I did it. I paid off the refs.
    I told Caldwell to throw a 20 yard pass on 3rd and 1 and not to go for it on fourth and 1.
    Then I made Martin shank the punt. I blinded
    the refs eyes so they could not see the Dallas OL hold on every play. I caused the lions Def to lose track of Witten and T. Williams on crucial key plays.

    There you go, it’s my fault, blame me…

    Signed,

    Jerry Jones…

    P.s….I was the one on the Grassy Knoll too…

  118. Those small push offs are handfighting that goes on every play.

    When the receiver is stretching his arms for the ball and the ball is hitting the DB in the back because he’s mugging the receiver and not turned for the ball, that’s classic PI.

    Even though every talking head at ESPN tells us what we saw was the planet Venus.

  119. Well, since the league is fixed for the Cowboys I’m sure everybody who thinks that is putting all their money on the Cowboys against Green Bay right? Hehe
    If Green Bay wins, which is highly likely, is the game fixed?
    What about Indy, Baltimore, and Carolina. Can they win? Or will you all cry if they win too.

  120. Evidently only the NFL Network, and Inside the NFL on Showtime are able to explain this, and I notice none of their statements appear here. So news flash: Officials, including the NFL Executive VP of Referees are saying it was NOT pass interference because the contact was (as the officials on the field said at the time) too minor. It did not impede the receiver. That’s also why Pettigrew’s facemask of Hitchens wasn’t called because it too was considered too minor. Once the ball hits the defender in the back, all contact after THAT is irrelevant. Officials on NFL Network and the VP of Referees said they were right to pick up the flag.

    I await the next PFT article about this (correct) non-call in 3…2…1…

  121. In the aftermath, it is conclusive proof that the FIX was in with the blessing of the NFL.

    True football fans can thank the corrupt NFL and Jerry Jones for destroying any perception that the NFL does not work to influence and dictate the winners and losers of NFL games.

    If you think Spygate, Boutygate, Concussiongate, and beat your wife senseless Violencegate were bad, welcome to CORRUPTIONGATE, where we finally have to face the fact that the NFL games are all fixed. Now you know why the bottom teams stay on the bottom and why crummy teams like the Cowboys and the Steelers get favored, one-sided called games trying to give them wins.

    With the so-called NFL parity, realizing the games are fixed sheds enough light to see why Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cleveland, and other bottom dwellers stay there while other teams stay in the top tier and thrive.

    Its time to boycott the NFL for being a fixed and corrupt football league. Anyone still think and believe Billions bet on the games do not force the NFL to try to dictate outcomes?

  122. For those that want the Lions fan to stop complaining, fire an official or the party bus VP of officiating Blandino – that should be the consequence of such horrible officiating.

  123. The fix was clearly in for the Cowboys, all of us know this now. The NFL management had hoped that the Cowboys could move on by defeating the Lions fairly, but when that could not happen they had to get the refs involved. People say the Lions still could have won in spite of the fix, but the refs would have ultimately prevented that upset.

    We know the fix was in but it does us no good to beat this dead horse because as long as we support the NFL by watching the games, and posting on these sites, Goodell, Blandino, Jones et al will continue to do what they wish to manipulate the outcome of games.

  124. Still nothing worse than the “Ben Drieth” bowl playoff game, where b.s. calls and non-calls propelled the Raiders to their SB. Ben Drieth never reffed a Pats’ game again.

  125. For those of you who claim THE CALL didn’t decide the game and they still had other opportunities to win it, well you obviously don’t know football. There is a thing called momentum and it is a very real factor in football and when a ref overturns a call so obvious as to this particular PI especially when you are driving late in the 4th quarter and a TD would put the nail in the coffin and to top that allowing a player to come off the bench to argue the call and not throw a flag there, well you realize you not only have to beat the home team but you have to beat the officiating crew as well, it can be next to impossible to overcome even for the best of teams.

    Bottom line without question without THE CALL the Lions would be advancing and the Lions s/b advancing because they are the better team. Imagine if that game would’ve been played on a neutral field w/a neutral officiating crew. The Lions would’ve blown em out.

  126. I hope this noise goes on all the way through the playoffs. Nothing can be done about the Lions loss, but with enough complaining by NFL fans, maybe the NFL will finally do something to improve the officiating so that no teams have to go through this mess again!

  127. For two different officials to call that “no contact” is a rather shocking admission that the officials didn’t have a clue what happened on the play

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    Only shocking to the few people left that actually believe these officials have a clue.

  128. Watched NFL replay of the game last night and granted they don’t show every down in what they did show I counted 8 bad or missed calls that benefitted Detroit and 6 missed calls that benefitted Detroit but it was only Dallas who committed penalties right? If the NFl is gonna drag this out and talk about the calls they missed on Dallas then the same should be done with Detroits instead of only putting out one side of this. After counting for myself I no longer get mad as a cowboy fan at it being talked about. Now I can laugh at what a joke it has become and how many fans are dumb enough to really believe it was all only Dallas. Either way though the NFL should either present both sides or present nothing.

  129. I see Dallas fans laughing at Lions fans for complaining but if it was the other way around would Dallas fans shrug it off and say “ehh… next year”? Only a lame cowboys fan would be proud of a tainted win. It’s not just lions fans that are upset. If you are a fan of football you should be upset. So stop acting like all 700 + thumbs up and down on these comments are all lions fans. Are cowboys fans that oblivious? Or do they just leave being oblivious up to the refs. That’s what happens when you party too hard on a teams bus. What a joke

  130. Three words, ‘give it up’ … they had many other chances and didn’t get it done. If you need to vent, fine, but it sounds like whining at this point. Championship teams just win.

    that last sentence is so very true… Although I am confused as to why you would use that as a reference to a Cowboys game….

    oh I get it, you are one of THOSE PEOPLE, who think that Dallas’s 3 Super Bowl wins 19, 21 and 22 years ago still counts when discussing these COwboys? Surely you are not talking about Tony Romo, who won his second playoff game?

    How about you give it up….

  131. There is no denying the sequence of events. Think what you want about cause and effect.

    First, referee throws flag (correctly according to the NFL) for PI.
    Second, the ball is placed at a spot that would have more likely than not iced the game for the Lions no matter how crappy they played (Even if the Lions had not advanced the ball any further and even if a punt from that spot only went another 10 yards, Dallas would have gotten the ball further back with less clock.)
    Third, an offensive player runs out on the field and gets in the officials’ face.
    Fourth, the officials pick up the flag and move the ball back.
    Fifth, a terrible Lions punt.
    Sixth, Dallas’ scoring drive where the calls ONLY went Dallas’ way.

  132. For those of you who claim THE CALL didn’t decide the game and they still had other opportunities to win it, well you obviously don’t know football. There is a thing called momentum and it is a very real factor in football and when a ref overturns a call so obvious as to this particular PI especially when you are driving late in the 4th quarter and a TD would put the nail in the coffin and to top that allowing a player to come off the bench to argue the call and not throw a flag there, well you realize you not only have to beat the home team but you have to beat the officiating crew as well, it can be next to impossible to overcome even for the best of teams.

    ——————————————————————

    I believe momentum exists in football, but so does overcoming adversity. If this happened on the last drive of the game I would say you have a good point. But it happened with over 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter. There are 50-100 plays in a football game – 2 missed/overturned calls with 8 minutes left in the game should be something a championship team can overcome. I agree that the rules need to be examined, but these missed calls did not cause the Lions to lose.

    Signed,

    A Lions fan that prefers not to rely on the refs to win a game.

  133. They blew the call. They missed the early grab by Hitchens of Pettigrew’s jersey.

    They missed Pettigrew grabbing Hitchen’s facemask and pulling on it.

    It should have been offsetting penalties & replay 3rd and 1.

    People whining the refs were out to ‘make sure’ Dallas won the game obviously didn’t watch this entire game.

    Did they see Terrance Williams flagged for pass interference in the 1st half after he was picked by Seattle defender?

    Did they see the ghost holding penalty on Jason Witten that pulled a Cowboys TD off the board?

    Did they see Lions run into the Cowboys kicker without drawing a flag?

    But hey, let’s keep pretending this was a one sided affair or something.

  134. Hey lions fans… Now you can see why Eagles fans and the rest of the NFC East laugh at Dallas fans all the time. For the past few years every time the Cowboys played the Eagles they were destroyed and playoff hopes were diminished and all fans ever did was complain about it. Now that a legit issue is a foot they are telling everybody to get over it. Classic cowboys. It will be a pleasure watching Green Bay destroy Dallas.

  135. Call me “lame”, I’m proud of this Cowboy team and this win. I guess winning 13 game’s is a fluke right? all the Cowboy games are fixed, that’s why we’ve been in the playoffs every year, right? oh wait. This team doesn’t talk smack (like lions, Hawks and many others), they just play. Most people have never heard of 2/3 of their defensive players. “HOW BOUT THEM COWBOY’S” I love how that irritates you folks 🙂 🙂

  136. So one tainted playoff win since 1999 and suddenly the Cowgirls’ fans think they are special….

    National Fixed League

  137. I’m a Bills fan and we have had many a screw jobs by the ref’s over the years. Frankly I’m sick a tired of it. What we need is accountability.
    These playoff games are to important to teams and city’s and players.
    People’s jobs are at stake. Coaches get fired there is no excuse the NFL
    Can give us that will make this plausible. The Refes screwed up. Ok if that’s the case then they should be suspended or fired. But from I read
    No changes will be made to the Ref crews. Are you freaking kidding me. If I was the Detriot coach I would have pulled my team off the field
    and took them into the lockerroom. This head ref in this game did not
    Even go over to the sidelines and talk to the Detroit coach about the call. This after the call was announced to the whole stadium and TV world that it as pass interference and a detoit first down. There is no way to spin this. It’s just plain wrong. This was the crucial moment of the game Detroit was driving for a field goal or Touchdown momentum was on there side. There we putting Dallas away. Not only
    Did the refs screw this up but then they did not reset the clock to be fair To detoit. This caused them to get a delay of game penalty. I see the replays of the Ref trying to get the clock started quickly after he changed the call to no penalty. He started rolling his hands to say hey start the clock up. The head ref is not looking to the Detroit sideline. There no doubt I’m my Mind he did this on purpose. He sent a clear message of incompetence. This guy should not be a ref in the NFL.
    This is not a case of just making a mistake. This guy has been a veteran
    Ref for years. He knows that if your going to be that drastic and change
    A call that you already announced was a penilty and signaled a first
    Down that if your going to change it you should have the decency to
    Go over to the sideline and explain it to the Detroit coach. No what this
    Idiot did was quickly change the call and then he proceeded to put the
    Ball in play and start the play clock as quickly as possible. This caused
    Detroit to end up with a delay of game penalty. The Nfl should be ashamed of them selves. This can not stand they need to take some sort of action against these referees. They should not be able to getaway with it. please band together and complain to the league office. Or maybe we can start a complaint and change dot org.
    If we can get 100,000 signatures maybe the league will take notice.

  138. NFL Needs to Compensate Detroit for Playoff Ref Debacle

    The NFL has agreed that they screwed the Lions, and so has the President Of the United States and the millions of people watching at home all have seen that the game was botched by the officials. The extent of involvement by Jones and Co has yet to be uncovered, but there’s smoke coming from the bus, and could be fire.

    So lets move on… What is the proper resolutions in the form of compensation for the Lions, changes to the league rules and perhaps the involved refs? Some proposals…

    1. NFL Compensatory First Round Draft Picks for three years to the Lions.
    2. Dallas 1st round picks awarded to Detroit for three years
    3. Involved Referees investigated for ties to gambling or bribes by league appointees
    4. Referees disciplined by suspension or fine
    5. Dallas removed from Thanksgiving Game for 10 years
    6. All penalties to go through league replay review
    7. All games to place a replay booth official for non calls/call review
    8 Dallas to change its team colors to black and white stripes
    9 Salary cap exemption for Suh to Detroit
    10. Jerry Jones suspended for 1 year for impropriety with referee officials on party bus

    Any other thoughts on this or agree?

  139. Green Bay temperature Friday 1 degree

    Green Bay temperature Sunday 23 degrees

    When is everyone going to wake up!!!! The fix is in, Jerry obviously paid mother nature off!!! Wake up America!!!

  140. @bobonmycob if it was the other way around the last thing the media would be talking about is that or any other call. There’d be no time with all the articles they’d be busy writing about Tony Romo fumbling twice on his last drive and how he choked and how Garrett didn’t go for it on 4th and 1. So y’all should stop acting like Dallas losing that game in the same manner Detroit did would be treated the same because it wouldn’t and actually being the only team in the East without a Lombardi the only team that the rest of the NFC East laughs at is the eagles.

  141. People keep asking how would the cowboys feel if this happened to them.

    Of coarse Cowboy fans would be pissed. But there wouldn’t be 5 articles on the same thing. There would be a Romo choke article. A Jerry/Garret incompetence article, a Bryant being a baby article, and a Stafford is a God article. The same people in theses message boards sticking up for the lions would be here laughing at the cowboys and telling them to get over it and such.

  142. Ok, so Maybe it was a bad call. Lions were leading at te half 14 to 7 and poohed the whole 2nd half. What happened all THAT time? They didn’t get the job done! End of story!!

  143. This talk of fining the officials has GOT TO STOP. They’re not out beating women and getting DUI’s. These are mistakes in the regular course of doing their job. The head ref for a game of this magnitude probably won’t be trusted with another playoff game for some time to come and that’s the punishment that should be handed down. The idea of fining an official for a bad call in line with fining Eli Manning for each interception. It’s part of the game. Get over it.

  144. Having watched the Rams get screwed by a phantom holding call at a most critical point in the game, I understand the Lions frustration.

    How many times does it take for Dean Blandino to keep admitting the Refs made a game deciding mistake before someone looks into these shenanigans?

    Fixed games or not, this these types of mistakes continually happening are unacceptable for an organization who makes Billions of dollars.

    This issue should stay in the media and they should be looked into be someone other than the very organization who is committing these blunders.

  145. People keep asking how would the cowboys feel if this happened to them.

    Of coarse Cowboy fans would be pissed. But there wouldn’t be 5 articles on the same thing. There would be a Romo choke article. A Jerry/Garret incompetence article, a Bryant being a baby article, and a Stafford is a God article. The same people in theses message boards sticking up for the lions would be here laughing at the cowboys and telling them to get over it and such.
    ——————————-
    Maybe you don’t get it because this is your first time in 15 years in the playoffs and all. The rest of us are complaining because this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Part time refs aren’t working, and we know that if the problem is not fixed, it will only be a matter of time until our teams end up on the short end of the stick like the Lions.

    Oh and also, Romo is a choke artist, Jerry and Garrett are incompetent, and Bryant is a baby, but that has nothing to do with this problem.

    Go Hawks

  146. As bad as that one call was (and it was so bad I think those refs need to be fired), the Lions lost this game. They had 2 chances to win it. First chance was STOPPING DALLAS on the next drive, then they had a chance to drive and score themselves. The Lions failed twice in a row, and they deserve to be out.

    And I am a Lions fan that was heartbroken to see them lose. But fair is fair; they had their shot on the road and they blew it more than the refs blew that call.

    Looking forward to next year and I still have high hopes.

  147. eagleswin says: Jan 7, 2015 8:46 AM

    Dallas was 3 points down at the time. This directly led to following drive which allowed Dallas to score the winning TD. That drive was also marred by the officials missing Suh being bear hugged on a 4th and 6 which kept Dallas’s drive alive.

    These aren’t ticky tack calls. They were blatant and are called 100% of the time except in this game.
    =================================
    Hey bruh, ya still mad at the clutch win at the link to knock the iggles out?

    Stop with it all ready. PRIOR to the ball being thrown there is a blatant facemask on Dallas. Go see the vid yourself on businessinsider. Not to mention the call for the offensive PI. Not to mention generating pressure on Stafford and being tackled from behind, without penalty.

    It’s over – we’re on to GB and you folks can quit your whining.

  148. If you think anyone was paid off, I’d check the Detroit punters bank account, or Stafford’s Both of them choked big time and it had nothing to do with the refs.

  149. It’s just really hard to have an honest conversation about the game. I am a Dallas fan and can openly admit that the flag pick up was sketchy, and Suh was being held on that fourth down play. But whenever I show a lions fan a picture of a cowboy blatantly being held its immediately dismissed. I am looking at that Reggie bush touchdown right now and Sterling Moore is being held. Like its the definition of holding and it was not called. But why do people just dismiss that and not believe that its holding? You lose credibility when you can not be objective. That’s why I don’t care to hear many of these lions fans complaints. I am positive there were terrible calls on both sides of the ball but lots of people will not admit that.

  150. Hey bruh, ya still mad at the clutch win at the link to knock the iggles out?
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    Heh “bruh” are you still trying to convince yourself that the Cowgirls actually deserved that win?

    bruh……..ya…

    National Fixed League

    Go Hawks

  151. It’s just really hard to have an honest conversation about the game. I am a Dallas fan and can openly admit that the flag pick up was sketchy, and Suh was being held on that fourth down play. But whenever I show a lions fan a picture of a cowboy blatantly being held its immediately dismissed. I am looking at that Reggie bush touchdown right now and Sterling Moore is being held. Like its the definition of holding and it was not called. But why do people just dismiss that and not believe that its holding? You lose credibility when you can not be objective. That’s why I don’t care to hear many of these lions fans complaints. I am positive there were terrible calls on both sides of the ball but lots of people will not admit that.
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    Isn’t it strange how the NFL hasn’t come out and acknowledged that they made mistakes that effected the Cowboys, like they did the Lions?

    You keep watching your replays and telling yourself that Dallas deserved that win, the rest of us will live here in reality.

    Also, I am not a Lions’ fan

    Go Hawks

  152. bobonmycob says:
    Jan 7, 2015 12:37 PM

    I see Dallas fans laughing at Lions fans for complaining but if it was the other way around would Dallas fans shrug it off and say “ehh… next year”? Only a lame cowboys fan would be proud of a tainted win. It’s not just lions fans that are upset. If you are a fan of football you should be upset. So stop acting like all 700 + thumbs up and down on these comments are all lions fans. Are cowboys fans that oblivious? Or do they just leave being oblivious up to the refs. That’s what happens when you party too hard on a teams bus. What a joke
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    Too bad the Detroit bus is broken down, just like the city, just like the Lions.
    It could have been you, but the Refs wouldn’t take your IOU.
    Jerry pays CA$H.

    Finish the Fight!
    Go Cowboys!

  153. “Isn’t it strange how the NFL hasn’t come out and acknowledged that they made mistakes that effected the Cowboys, like they did the Lions?”

    Yes, it is. If there really was a conspiracy then the NFL WOULD try to point out that mistakes happened for both teams (because they did). Instead they are trying to keep the controversy alive for some reason….

  154. eagleswin says:
    Jan 7, 2015 8:46 AM
    Dallas was 3 points down at the time. This directly led to following drive which allowed Dallas to score the winning TD. That drive was also marred by the officials missing Suh being bear hugged on a 4th and 6 which kept Dallas’s drive alive.

    These aren’t ticky tack calls. They were blatant and are called 100% of the time except in this game.
    ==================================
    Suh shouldn’t have played. Stafford shouldn’t have fumbled twice! Lions shouldn’t have given up the lead. Yawn!

  155. We’re still talking about this because the call did matter. The fact that the NFL actually issued an apology to the Lions because of missed penalties in critical points of the game should tell you something right there. If you didn’t think there was something fishy about the way the refs called that game you’re either blind or just plain ignorant. Get off your high horse Cowboy fans you got that one handed to you. Congrats on winning a fixed game. I look forward to seeing you get stomped in Green Bay!

  156. “Congrats on winning a fixed game. ”

    Thanks. And congratulations on pi55ing away eight and half minutes by: botching a punt, not being able to stop the Dallas offense when it mattered, only scoring 3 points in the second half, and your QB managing to lose TWO fumbles on the same drive.

    Oh, and a special thanks to Calvin Johnson for jumping before the ball was hiked. Nothing like a 5 yard penalty from “the greatest receiver ever” when you are attempting a comeback drive. Jones probably paid him too.

  157. I suspect in the Packer vs Cowboys playoff game that number 59, Anthony Hitchens, will be watched closely by the refs in pass coverage. They will not be shy about throwing the flag, especially since they know to look for grabbing on to the jersey of the pass receiver.

  158. “Anthony Hitchens, will be watched closely by the refs in pass coverage. ”

    Sure, because no other LB in the league EVER holds. Uh huh. Right.

  159. manofaiki says:
    Jan 7, 2015 12:52 PM

    They blew the call. They missed the early grab by Hitchens of Pettigrew’s jersey.

    They missed Pettigrew grabbing Hitchen’s facemask and pulling on it.

    It should have been offsetting penalties & replay 3rd and 1.

    People whining the refs were out to ‘make sure’ Dallas won the game obviously didn’t watch this entire game.

    Did they see Terrance Williams flagged for pass interference in the 1st half after he was picked by Seattle defender?

    Did they see the ghost holding penalty on Jason Witten that pulled a Cowboys TD off the board?

    Did they see Lions run into the Cowboys kicker without drawing a flag?

    But hey, let’s keep pretending this was a one sided affair or something.

    ______________________________

    Anybody else catch the Freudian slip in the middle of this? L.O.L.

  160. Known violators tend to get watched more closely, especially if the event embarrases the game.However, on almost any play penalties could be called-if seen and processed properly.

  161. “Known violators tend to get watched more closely, especially if the event embarrases the game.”

    You mean like a repeat offender having his suspension lifted just before a playoff game.

  162. janvanflac says: Jan 7, 2015 1:13 PM

    FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX.

    ===============
    Yes, the Lions should fix that offense.

  163. Okay you look at this one play as a momentum changer and it was. It was a bad call, as a Big D fan, I can see it for what it is, but let’s go back to the second quarter. At this point we had no momentum. It’s 2 and 7 or something. Pass to Wiiten, first down, and OPI is called, even though Williams was pushed into contact, which is BS. Next play, TD.

    It wasn’t just one call, the game was poorly officiated, Dallas just capitalized better on their chances. I mean 3 and long is usually not a TD play, had the Defense not tripped up, Williams is tackled short of the first down. But they didn’t and we scored. When we got that INT in the beginning of the second half, there was a blown call that should’ve been, but we didn’t get it and shanked a FG. What did Detroit do on the next drive, not get a TD.

    Look we got lucky, but we did what we needed to do to play against the game. But let’s only bring up one thing that went Dallas’ way, not 10 things that went against them.

  164. I get that bad calls are made every game. That isn’t what people are so fired up about, the fact is that the right call WAS made. Then the call changed without explanation.

    This isn’t an obvious hold that ref’s missed, even though there were a few of those that game as well. This was a KEY play in a crucial part of the game, which lead to a delay of game, because the coach had no time to get the play call in, because he didn’t know it was 1st or 4th down, trust me coaches call VERY different plays in those situations….Which rushed out the punter which MIGHT have had an effect a punter shanking, because there is no control in the game.

    Its OK for NFL fans to be frustrated by this, as any of them that actually cares about the NFL, is.

  165. This was a KEY play in a crucial part of the game, which lead to a delay of game, because the coach had no time to get the play call in, because he didn’t know it was 1st or 4th down, trust me coaches call VERY different plays in those situations….Which rushed out the punter which MIGHT have had an effect a punter shanking, because there is no control in the game.
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    I get that you are TRYING to be reasonable. But the fact is Detroit had 2 timeouts. They had the lead. The best coaching decision is either punt immediately, or call a timeout if you are thinking of going for it. The coach did neither. If you get that flustered over one bad call then you shouldn’t be a head coach.

    The “rushing out the punter” is nonsense, as the delay of game penalty stopped the clock and allowed him just as much time to go out there as he would after any 3rd down.

    Even after the bad punt Detroit still put the 2nd best defense out there WITH A LEAD and couldn’t stop Dallas.

  166. It isn’t just one bad call, it was several decisions and waffling, the ref’s lost control of the game, so because the officials messed up so bad, the coach needs to be ready to burn a TO?

    If they would have called it an incomplete pass from the start,no flag nothing, Caldwell would have at least known the exact situation, while he was browsing the playbook instead of it getting changed while he is getting ready to call his 1st down play.

    You are correct about the stopping of the clock, but when everyone on the sidelines is confused it does make things difficult, but he should have been ready I jut think everyone was in full on freak out mode.

    Maybe if the officials would have made the right call…. or at least less confusing one the Lions could have kept their composure.Instead of needing to recover from what was practically a sucker punch. I won’t say that the would have hands down won it as Stafford never beat a +.500 team on the road, but the right call for a 1st down and a couple of yards gives Det a very reasonable FGA even if they don’t Dallas gets the ball back with 2 less minutes on the clock..

  167. “so because the officials messed up so bad, the coach needs to be ready to burn a TO?”

    Yes. Absolutely. He needed to settle his team down and get them focused. Instead he tried a high school play of trying to draw Dallas offside and took a 5 yard penalty instead.

    The Lions showed absolutely no capability in the second half of driving and keeping the ball for 5 minutes. Not sure where you are coming up with Dallas only would have had 2 minutes on the clock. But even with two minutes I would expect my QB to be able to drive the field and score.

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