National Football League admits officiating mistake during Lions-Packers game

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"I thought he threw some unbelievable balls with tremendous accuracy, and our guys have to make those catches". Two phantom hands to the face calls really hurts us tonight. Officiating in the Lions' loss to the Packers on Monday night came under heavy scrutiny after the game with several players taking turns at bashing the referees.

As it turns out, the refs were actually looking for that particular penalty because David Bakhtiari said he talked to the officials about Flowers committing penalties against him. And this time, like the first, there was no actual hands-to-the-face violation.

That call gave the Packers a first down and let them run the clock out before the winning field goal. "Good to see him finally get an opportunity to make some big plays".

"It was hands to the chest initially", Flowers said after the game. How to shrink that gray area to a minimum will be up to the NFL, but as a fan of football, I hope the humanity of officiating can still exist in harmony with technology as we continue down the road of improving the game.

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Howard also lamented that Aaron Rodgers leading the Packers to a comeback win over Lions was going to be overshadowed by the officials - who took a major beating from players and social media. I didn't know that was a flag to the chest. The second time I changed it to right here [another spot on the chest]. "So, nah, I don't think that was a penalty".

Vice president of operations Troy Vincent said at owners meetings in Florida Tuesday that the second penalty on Flowers wasn't warranted.

Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win over the Lions on Monday night. "If you think about it, if your hand is in my throat, you're probably hitting my facemask, which is pushing my head up in the sky". In fact, from the sounds of it, Bakhtiari was pretty much begging for a call.

The decision had implications for the betting world as one bettor at PointsBet Sportsbook needed the Packers to cover four points to close out a five-leg parlay and win $48,600, according to SportsLine.