Lions At Seahawks NFL Game; A Show Of Incompetence


Oct 2015

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NFL Week 4 Lions at Seahawks
The Monday Night football game during the NFL Week 4 between the Detriot Lions at Seattle Seahawks has quickly become a huge fiasco, with the amount of errors from the refs, the players, and even on behalf of the League that occurred during one crucial play late in the game that cost the Lions the game. It all occurred quite fast during the 4th quarter, when a series of unfortunate events took place. Seahawks Wright smacking ball With Lions quarterback Calvin Johnson and the offense right at the Seahawks end-zone, Kam Chancellor caused Johnson to fumble the potential go-ahead touchdown. As the ball fumbled about, K.J. Wright decided not to scoop the ball up or take possession, but rather smacked it out of bounds. This would have been an amazing play, but there are many factors that make it horrible. The first instance: Wright smacking the ball out of bounds. According to the rulebook, that is a penalty and illegal for a player to do.
A Bat or Punch is the intentional striking of the ball with hand, fist, elbow, or forearm… A player may not bat or punch: (a) a loose ball (in field of play) toward opponent’s goal line; (b) a loose ball (that has touched the ground) in any direction, if it is in either end zone; (c) a backward pass in flight may not be batted forward by an offensive player.
So, the back judge Greg Wilson made the mistake of not calling it a foul, and when asked why he didn’t throw the flag on the play, it seems that they are going with Wilson incorrectly felt that Wright’s strike of the ball wasn’t obvious. It was blatant, and the Seahawks should have been called on that play. This by itself, would have given the ball back to the Lions. The Seahawks messed up big time, as there was nothing illegal until the point that Wright smacked the ball. The reason most believe he batted the ball was because he didn’t want to take the chance and dive for it. However, if you see the play, there was no opposing player close to Wright, which would have given him enough time and room to take hold of the ball. They were lucky they didn’t get a flag thrown, and they did end up winning the game, so it is a mistake that can be learned from. Seahawks Wright smacking ball other angle On the other hand, the Lions screwed up royally by fumbling the ball on the 1-yard line! How can a team fumble so close to a touchdown, which would have given the victory. Overall, everyone made mistakes during this one crucial play that led to the Lions defeat during the football in NFL Week 4.

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