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Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 5:47 pm
 
The no-call on this face mask ended the game and now Detroit is 8-5. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Lions are 8-5 after a wild finish to Sunday's game against the Vikings, and remain in the hunt for a wild-card spot. Detroit's modus operandi this season has been to get down early in games, usually by two or three scores, and look completely lost in the process. Then, as if they suddenly remembered how to play football, get it together in time to pull out the victory.

We saw it frequently during the Lions' 5-0 start, less so in their ensuring 2-5 stretch. Against Minnesota it was just the opposite: Detroit went up 21-0 in the first quarter, and then held on for dear life, eking out the victory, 34-28, after the officials missed a face mask as time expired.

The Vikings had a chance to win it on the game's final play, but a Joe Webb fumble and an uncalled Lions' face mask (see the photo above), ended things with Minnesota just one yard short of the end zone.

We'll be hearing all week about that face mask by linebacker DeAndre Levy, especially since a penalty would've given the Vikings one more shot from the Lions' half-yard-line.

But the play before, one that saw Webb rush for a first down, almost made Detroit linebacker Cliff Avril the goat. With no timeouts and with Webb scrambling to get his players to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball and stop the clock, Avril inexplicably jumped offsides stopping the clock in the process.

(We wonder if Avril's momentary lapse falls under head coach Jim Schwartz's zero-tolerance policy for stupid plays.)

But these aren't Matt Millen's Lions; this team was able to overcome mistakes and even got some breaks along the way. And with three weeks to go in the regular season, they're right in the thick of things.

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

Who really cares?  The Lions are one-and-done come playoff time, and the Vikings don't even look like they care if they win or not.  It was a terrible and entertaining game.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

joeftl - i think you misunderstand my comment. I have no preference for either of these teams. To me, a controversial call is one that generates debate over whether it was correct or incorrect. There must be two sides to a controversy, and I think we can all agree that this call was completely incorrect, or as you correctly point out, A BLOWN CALL. The flag should have been thrown, and the Vikings should have had one last shot to win the game. I am as bummed out as the next guy that such a thrilling conclusion was derailed by a missed call. But I don't think anyone in their right minds could defend the no-call here, so using the word "controversial" to characterize it is generous at best and misleading at worst.



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

its no suprise the refs make a bad call against the vikings its bbeen going on for years ....no suprise at all.Yell




Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

So do the refs get and repercussions for missing calls?



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

just because the team you wanted to win won does not mean the missed BLOWN CALL was ok. That missed call was obvious in the most crucial point in the game with serious playoff implications. That is what is the definition of a CONTROVERSIAL CALL...you knucklehead!!



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

Detroit went up 21-0 in the first quarter, and then held on for dear life, eking out the victory on a controversial no-call, .

I don't even think you can fairly characterize the no-call as "controversial." There's no controversy here. The officials simply missed the call. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find any reasonable person who would disagree with that.


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