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The Detroit Lions fell victim to a series of horrendous calls late in their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, and the NFL is admitting a flag should not have been thrown on at least one play.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said at the league’s Fall Meeting in Florida on Tuesday that the second illegal use of the hands penalty against Lions defensive end Trey Flowers in the fourth quarter should not have been called. He added that he will reach out to the team’s front office about it.

That may be a start, but it likely will not satisfy the Lions or their fans. There were actually two calls and one no-call that went against Detroit in the fourth quarter that were egregious, and the Lions could have won the game without them.

Obviously, the last thing the NFL wants is for the officiating to be the topic of discussion on a night when Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a thrilling win over a division rival. We’ve already seen several prominent current and former players speak out about it, and it is something the league has to address.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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ARZ / 1,377 / 2003
Anquan Boldin
ATL / 959 / 2011
Julio Jones
BAL / 841 / 2011
Torrey Smith
BUF / 982 / 2014
Sammy Watkins
CAR / 1,008 / 2014
Kelvin Benjamin
CHI / 1,124 / 1954
Harlon Hill
CIN / 1,057 / 2011
A.J. Green
CLE / 986 / 1999
Kevin Johnson
DAL / 1,003 / 1965
Bob Hayes
DEN / 980 / 2008
Eddie Royal
DET / 817 / 2004
Roy Williams
GB / 1,231 / 1952
Billy Howton
HOU / 976 / 2003
Andre Johnson
IND / 1,131 / 1986
Bill Brooks
JAX / 865 / 2012
Justin Blackmon
KC / 995 / 2007
Dwayne Bowe
LAC* / 1,046 / 2013
Keenan Allen
LAR* / 924 / 1996
Eddie Kennison
MIA / 883 / 2001
Chris Chambers
MIN / 1,313 / 1998
Randy Moss
NE / 1,132 / 1996
Terry Glenn
NO / 1,137 / 2016
Michael Thomas
NYG / 1,305 / 2014
Odell Beckham Jr.
NYJ / 844 / 1996
Keyshawn Johnson
OAK / 1,070 / 2015
Amari Cooper
PHI / 912 / 2008
DeSean Jackson
PIT / 917 / 2017
JuJu Smith-Schuster
SEA / 1,039 / 1995
Joey Galloway
SF / 927 / 1985
Jerry Rice
TB / 1,193 / 2004
Michael Clayton
TEN* / 1,473 / 1960
Bill Groman
WAS / 926 / 1985
Gary Clark

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