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NFL needs someone who can explain, defend, apologize for questionable calls

When it comes to mistakes routinely made by game officials, the NFL is less transparent than construction paper. Fearful of the potential negative impact of admitting what is often obvious, the NFL unreasonably protects officials by never acknowledging their blunders publicly. This refusal to be candid regarding bad calls hurts the league in various ways. [more]

Officials flagged Lions for lining up with 12, didn’t flag Packers for 13

It’s been overlooked in the slew of criticism the officials have received for other blown calls, but a key penalty that was called on the Lions early in Monday night’s game was later not called on the Packers. With the Lions leading 13-0 in the second quarter, the Packers faced fourth-and-5 and sent their field [more]

Aaron Rodgers: Bad calls equal out over the years

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t shedding any tears for the Lions after Monday night’s game. The Lions were victimized by the officials repeatedly — two phantom illegal hands to the face penalties on Detroit’s Trey Flowers, an uncalled pass interference and a flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Lions defensive back who was just [more]

Matt Patricia: We have to score touchdowns

Officiating is in the spotlight after Monday night’s 23-22 Packers win because of the impact that a pair of illegal hands to the face calls on Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers had on Green Bay’s fourth quarter comeback. The Packers were down 22-13 with 12 minutes to play in the game and the Lions could [more]

Lions irate about “awful” officiating

The Lions had other things to be frustrated with last night, including themselves. But the officials made such a convenient target. The Lions were rightfully angry with a number of calls, specifically the two phantom hands to the face calls on defensive end Trey Flowers which helped the Packers come back for a win. “I [more]

Aaron Rodgers lobbied for Allen Lazard to get chance

Aaron Rodgers‘ relationship with his coaches has been a topic for years, so it’s a good sign that Matt LaFleur is willing to listen. With receiving options dropping like flies, and well, dropping, the Packers quarterback went to the staff last night to specifically ask for Allen Lazard to get a chance. Lazard responded with [more]

Pool Report: Clete Blakeman on Tracy Walker roughness call, Trey Flowers illegal hands penalties

The head referee is available to a lone pool reporter after each NFL game if there are questions about the application of the rules in a given contest. Well, there were questions Monday night in Green Bay. Via the pool report with head referee following Monday night’s game between the Packers and Detroit Lions, head [more]

Pair of phantom calls on Trey Flowers delivers late victory for Green Bay

The Lions had plenty of opportunities to win Monday night’s game, but they had too many potential touchdowns become field goals. Still, it was a pair of phantom penalties on Detroit defensive lineman Trey Flowers that helped the Packers eliminate a 10-point deficit. The first, an illegal hands to the face foul that replay review [more]

Packers overcome nine-point fourth quarter deficit for 23-22 win over Lions

The Green Bay Packers turned the ball over three times, fell behind 13-0 and still ended up with a victory over the Detroit Lions with the aid of some highly questionable penalty calls Monday night. A pair of seemingly errant illegal hands to the face penalties against Lions defensive end Trey Flowers helped the Packers [more]

Geronimo Allison getting checked for concussion, questionable with chest injury

Already without Davante Adams, the Green Bay Packers lost another of their top receivers early in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions. Geronimo Allison was knocked out of the game after a violent collision with Lions cornerback Tracy Walker on the first play from scrimmage of the third quarter. Aaron [more]

Lions lead Packers 13-10 at halftime

The Lions have a 13-10 halftime lead over the Packers. Green Bay is fortunate it’s not worse. Detroit is kicking itself it’s not more. The Lions have 236 yards, including 219 passing yards from Matthew Stafford and 105 receiving yards from Kenny Golladay. Detroit’s first three drives got inside the Packers 5-yard line, but the [more]

Lions get TD on fourth-down run to take 10-0 lead

The Lions weren’t going to settle for a field goal on their second drive. On the first play of their second drive, the Lions didn’t need a trick play for a big gain. Matthew Stafford found Marvin Hall wide open for a 58-yard gain to the Green Bay 16. It took Detroit seven plays to [more]

Lions open game with flea flicker, settle for field goal

The Lions didn’t waste any time with the trickeration. They opened with a flea flicker on their first play from scrimmage. Matthew Stafford found a wide open Kenny Golladay, whom cornerback Jaire Alexander tackled at the Green Bay 11 after a 66-yard gain. The Lions stalled after that with Stafford fumbling the snap for a [more]

Quandre Diggs inactive, but T.J. Hockenson will play

The Lions will get tight end T.J. Hockenson back in their lineup tonight. He was questionable after being diagnosed with a concussion in a game against the Chiefs on Sept. 29. The first-round draft choice has 11 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in four games. The Lions will not have defensive back Quandre [more]

Packers promote Evan Baylis, cut Tremon Smith

The Packers promoted tight end Evan Baylis from the practice squad in advance of tonight’s game against the Lions. They cut cornerback Tremon Smith in a corresponding move, the team announced. Baylis has spent time on the Packers’ practice squad and active roster since the final week of the 2018 season. He originally signed with [more]

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