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Barry Sanders and Tony Dungy Blast NFL Officiating After Lions’ 23-22 Loss to Packers

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The Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions on Monday night, but most feel they shouldn’t have.

A pair of hands to the face penalties from Lions defensive end Trey Flowers helped the Packers overcome a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter. It appeared to many that both penalties should not have been called. In fact, they should not have been called, period.

NFL Twitter reacted the same way. Former Lions great Barry Sanders personally called out the NFL, referring to the officiating in the game “sickening.” Though he notes the Lions should have scored more touchdowns, those penalties seemingly stripped Detroit of the win.

As Mike Tirico of ESPN says, there is a problem when one of the “classiest guys in NFL history weighs in.”

Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt agreed with Sanders, despite the bias for his former team.

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy — along with many– saw a missed defensive pass interference in the fourth quarter and decided to let people know about it. The missed call led to a punt, which helped the Packers win the game.

The illegal hands to the face penalty called on Flowers — one that should have ended in a sack — angered even those working for ESPN, who covered the game. Of course, everyone in the booth was dumbfounded, and so was Scott Van Pelt. ESPN’s Louis Riddick called the situation embarrassing.

There are plenty more responses to the bad calls, but most are expletive-filled and for good reason. The hands to the face penalties were simply bad calls. When you have numerous NFL players and coaches calling out these penalties over Twitter, you know there’s a major problem.