Monday night’s Lions-Seahawks game ended in typical NFL fashion.
Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson fumbled on the 1-yard line, and Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright illegally batted the ball out of bounds which should have resulted in a fresh set of downs for Detroit…
Only none of the refs seemed to be watching.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2015
Here's the rule that states Seattle illegally batted the ball and Detroit should have had 1st-and-goal. pic.twitter.com/GS3DVVfr4L
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 6, 2015
Dan Blandino — the NFL’s head of officials — issued a statement about the play after the game:
The back judge was on the play and in his judgment he didn’t feel it was an overt act so he didn’t throw the flag. In looking at the replays it looked like a bat so the enforcement would be basically we would go back to the spot of the fumble and Detroit would keep the football.
Though the league admitted its boo-boo, this is just the latest example of long-standing pattern of league game-altering fuck ups that always seem to benefit Seattle.
You’d think that a juggernaut like the NFL — which prides itself on its Draconian zero-tolerance policies toward player behavior — would be able to corral a few zebras and make sure they know the rules.
Or… maybe there’s something else going on here.
The NFL, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions have not returned TheDC’s request for comment.