Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 10/22/14
The Detroit Lions’ defense (and offense) totally imploded in the second half Sunday, so it was impossible for them to pin too much blame on the game’s officials. And yet, a couple of third-quarter calls helped Philadelphia switch momentum after Detroit appeared to have control. The most egregious of the officiating errors: Nick Fairley being flagged for roughing the passer. The call came as Nick Foles threw a 2nd-and-10 incompletion — meaning that the 15-yard penalty gave Philadelphia a first down rather than 3rd-and-10. The Lions led 14-6 at that point, so a stop might have allowed them to keep a stranglehold on the game. Instead, Philadelphia scored on a LeSean McCoy TD scamper immediately after that penalty, then punched in a two-point conversion after a phantom defensive holding call on Ndamukong Suh. Here’s the play Fairley was penalized for … and there’s nothing to justify the call (GIF via Guyism):
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