Lions land controversial referee who penalized team vs. Packers last year
When the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions clash at Lambeau Field in Week 2, it will be Clete Blakeman serving as the referee for the NFC North battle. Of course, Blakeman was also the referee when the Lions encountered quite the deflating loss at the hands of the rival Packers on Monday Night Football in 2019-20.
If things weren’t bad enough for the 0-1 Lions, who blew a lead against another NFC North rival in the Chicago Bears, to begin the season this past Sunday afternoon, things may have just gotten a whole lot worse.
Clete Blakeman, who officiated last year's controversial Lions-Packers Monday night game, has this weekend's Lions-Packers game. https://t.co/agZ7HDvU3f
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) September 15, 2020
For those in need of a refresher course in regards to the Monday Night Football matchup from a season ago, Blakeman called not one but two iffy defensive penalties on Lions pass rusher Trey Flowers in the final stages of the game. With the Lions controlling the majority of the game before it began to go back-and-forth in the fourth quarter, Blakeman helped the Packers ultimately kick the game-winning field goal thanks to calling the pair of penalties on Flowers.
First, Flowers was called for illegal contact before Blakeman then flagged the Lions defender for the same penalty shortly thereafter. The first call helped the Packers “convert” a third-down and 10 while the second call set up the aforementioned game-winning field goal.
Although the Packers should rout the lowly Lions, who are already down on their luck after Week 1’s loss to the Bears, things will surely get interesting in Green Bay because of course that’s what is going to happen.