Officiating at best questionable in Lions' loss to Packers
To the Lions’ credit no one blamed the officials following the 45-41 loss at Green Bay on Sunday.
Detroit got robbed by some lousy officiating, but they had their chances otherwise too. Detroit held a 41-38 lead with 2:44 remaining and allowed the Packers to convert two third downs. One occurred when Ndamukong Suh jumped offside. (Count me as one surprised this hasn’t been discussed more.)
Still early in the game Jim Schwartz had to use two challenges on a fumble that was reversed on tight end Tony Scheffler and a fumble by Stefan Logan during a return.
So Schwartz couldn’t challenge when the officials called Titus Young out of bounds on what was clearly a touchdown catch. Video replay was conclusive he had both feet down. If the officials would have ruled it a score, it would have automatically been reviewed. Schwartz had a difference of opinion on that.
“Every play this year they always rule in favor of touchdowns knowing it’s going to get reviewed. I don’t have any challenges left. The worse challenge was the first one that I had to challenge because you only get two and the whole thing with replay is to get it right. We didn’t get it right,’’ Schwartz said after the game.
Another really questionable call came in the fourth quarter when Calvin Johnson was called for offensive pass interference. Matthew Stafford connected with Scheffler four plays later for a touchdown.
(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Get Lions news delivered directly to your phone by texting the keyword "Lions" to 22700. Msg & Data Rates May Apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.)