During the Lions-Packers game — two calls went against Trey Flowers that were said to ‘hands to the face,’ but upon watching replays, it was proven to be highly mistaken as Flowers had his hands on the jersey of David Bakhtiari.
Two phantom called penalties cost the Lions 10 points and the eventual game-winning field goal as they walked off the field feeling quite cheated.
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.
“I went over to the ref,” Bakhtiari said after the game, before slipping out into the night after his team’s 23-22 comeback win Monday via USA Today, “I said, ‘Hey, are we not calling hands to the face again? Because the past three plays, I’ve been staring at the sky.’ And he’s like, you know, he’s not looking at my side, but I at least made him aware.”
“I can definitely tell you,” Bakhtiari said, “for a good portion of the game, I was getting my throat punched in, and I was looking up at the sky a fair amount. 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.”
Flowers felt like he did nothing worng.
“It was hands to the chest initially,” Flowers said. “I was doing it all game. I didn’t know that was a flag to the chest. I didn’t think hands to the chest was a penalty. I thought hands to the face (was a penalty).
“I had him right here to the chest, and the second time I changed it. I don’t think that was a penalty.”
League executive Troy Vincent has already came out and admitted officials made an error when it comes to one of the hands to the face penalties.
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