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Refs Give Different Signals on Kerryon Johnson’s 4th-Down Touchdown vs. Packers

Kerryon Johnson

Is it a touchdown? Or is it a loss of downs? The referees don’t know.

On Monday, the Detroit Lions decided to run the ball on 4th-and-goal to give themselves a decisive first-quarter lead over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. Matthew Stafford handed the rock to running back Kerryon Johnson, who crossed the goal line to put the Lions up 10-0 after the PAT.

At least one referee thought Johnson got the touchdown. Another said he did not.

The result: a camera angle showing one referee in the wrong and the other in the right.

Welcome to 2019 officiating.

Nonetheless, Johnson got the touchdown to put the Lions up 10-0 against the Packers at Lambeau Field. In doing so, he recorded his third total touchdown of the season and seventh of his two-year career. Luckily, for the back, fantasy owners and the Lions, one referee was there to confirm his touchdown.

NFL officiating in 2019, folks.