Packers coach Matt LaFleur’s response to questionable officiating vs. Lions
Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers was called for two critical illegal-hands-to-the-face penalties that did not look like penalties in the fourth quarter, extending a pair of Packers drives that resulted in 10 unanswered Green Bay points to steal a one-point win.
The poor calls were a hot topic of discussion on Tuesday morning, with some calling for the NFL to take action.
When asked about the refereeing, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur did not have much to say, stating he was “not going to get into the officiating,” according to Lily Zhao of WFRV.
Of course, LaFleur probably did not take much issue with the calls, as both of them benefited his team, but the fact that this continues to happen is certainly concerning for the game.
That being said, a couple of bad calls were certainly not why Detroit lost the game.
The Lions settled for five field goals on the night, and rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson dropped a touchdown pass. Had Detroit done a better job of taking advantage of its red zone opportunities, perhaps the game would not have come down to the referees.
Naturally, Lions fans will probably disagree, but there are bad calls in every game. Some just stand out more than others, particularly calls that happen in the fourth quarter of nationally televised games.
The Packers improved to 5-1 with the win while the Lions fell to 2-2-1.