The penalty calls made late in Monday night’s game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers received the most attention after the Packers came out victorious.
League vice president of operations Troy Vincent admitted that the second of two hands-to-the-face penalties called on Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers should not have been flagged.
“After you review it, the foul wasn’t there,” Vincent said, according to Newsday’s Bob Glauber.
“We opened the floor up for any questions, anything that we need to clarify. It was a late night last night,” Vincent told reporters. “There was a pool report that I’m assuming most have read. There was one that was clear that we support. And there was another that when you look at it, you review the play, not something that you want to see called. In particular the pass rush. One that you could support, the other one clearly after you review it, you’ve seen some slo-mos, the foul wasn’t there.”
Flowers found himself being flagged twice on two different drives that led to a Packers touchdown and then a eventual game-winning field goal.
Officiating in the league seems to be getting worse and worse with each passing game despite the league trying to address it every off-season.