Seahawks escape with victory over Lions

It was calculated and intentional and added another Monday night controversy to Seattle’s history. After the game, the National Football League vice president of officiating said, “You can’t bat the ball in any direction in the end zone”.


Detroit Lions’ fans are calling out Monday night officials for being “Blind to the bat” after an officiating error may have given the Seattle Seahawks an unjust win.

“I didn’t know the rule either, ” Carroll said.

That loss to Dallas ended Detroit’s season, so if there’s any solace the Lions can take now, it’s that they still have 12 games to try to turn things around. “If they did, they did”.

“Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense has not allowed a touchdown in the last 18 regular-season quarters with Chancellor on the field”.

The Detroit Lions ultimately lost Monday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a Calvin Johnson fumble and a missed call by the referees when K.J.

“I’m going to tell them not to talk about it, ” Caldwell said Tuesday.

“We can’t be hanging on something that happened a night ago that we can do nothing about”. “The back judge was on the play and, in his judgment, he didn’t feel it was an overt act”.

“I don’t want it to linger”, Caldwell said of his decision to instruct Lions players not to discuss the call.

“I don’t want it to linger”. It looks like he takes his right hand and bats it intentionally…

The Detroit defense stopped the Seattle offense on it’s next possession and the script that everyone was supposed to be following was now flipped in Detroit’s favor. That’s inexcusable, especially considering the Herculean effort of the rest of the Lions – six sacks, three fumble recoveries, including one for the Lions’ only touchdown. The Seahawks will hit the road to visit the undefeated Bengals (1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Lions will host the 3-1 Cardinals in Detroit (4:05 PM ET on FOX). Detroit’s longest run play was 9 yards, and the Lions have been held to fewer than 70 yards rushing as a team in every game this season.

“A win is a win but at the same time we tried to give it to them”, Baldwin said.

This isn’t the first time one of Seattle’s stellar safeties has made a unique play at the goal line to force a turnover. But the offensive line is struggling – Stafford has been under constant pressure and although Abdullah has flashed potential running the ball, he’s not getting much help from the guys up front.

Blandino went on to explain that the ball would’ve been placed inside the 1-yard line, due to the penalty that would’ve been enforced against the Seahawks from the spot of the fumble.

“It was big time”, Wagner said of Chancellor’s return.

The game that introduced the masses to the so-called “Calvin Johnson Rule”-that a player falling to the ground on a catch must control the football all the way through that process.”


The north end zone of CenturyLink Field has seen its share of wackiness. That game was played with replacement officials.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell reacts from the sideline as officials ruled a touchback on a fumble by Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson that went out of bounds in the end zone late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle