NFL admits second 'hands to the face' penalty on Lions was mistake
Stop us if you've heard this before: The NFL is admitting refs blew a call against the Lions on Monday night.
NFL VP of Operations Troy Vincent told reporters on Tuesday that the second call, a hands-to-the-face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers was a mistake:
NFL VP of Operations Troy Vincent says at owners meetings that the second hands to the face penalty on Lions DL Trey Flowers in last night's game against the Packers shouldn't have been called. "After you review it, the foul wasn’t there."— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) October 15, 2019
NFL exec Troy Vincent, here in Florida for this Fall Meeting, says the second hands to the face call last night is “not something that you want to see called.” Vincent says he’ll speak with Mrs. Ford today and reach out to GM Bob Quinn, as well.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 15, 2019
Lions fans, players, local and national media and others have called the late-game penalties on the Lions an embarrassment to the league.
Flowers was asked about the call after the loss.
"I actually changed the position of my hand, because it was to the chest initially," Flowers said. "I was doing it all game. I didn't know that was a flag to the chest, so I changed it. And he called it again.
"I didn't think hands to the chest was a penalty. I thought hands to the face, but I had him right here in the chest. The second time I changed it. ... That's part of a move that I do. So, nah, I don't think that was a penalty."
Former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky delivered a passionate plea to NFL owners to fix the issues with officiating after the blown calls in the Packers-Lions game last night.
"You don't have a problem, you have an epidemic," Orlovsky said. "Your product is slowly being ruined by a third party that has no consequences for their actions."
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