Originally posted by lamontb:
refs dropped the ball for both teams. It's like they took over the game. Extra 5 yards and and that horse collar were really bad calls.
The horse collar call gave us an extra ten yards or so (half the distance to the goal) in a drive Akers kicked a 31 yard FG. He probably would have still made the FG, so I won't say that changed the game.
The extra five yard would have yielded a completely different set of play calls the moment we were first and goal from the 6. We likely wouldn't have lost 4 yards on the run where we had brought in a goal-line short yardage package with no WR's on the field. Had we run at the 11, we likely would have done so from a spread, or more spread, formation. After we took a step back in yardage we gained it back the next play on a short pass to Crabs (iirc) that put us back on the 6. It's likely we would have been in a similar position regardless of the 5 yards to start the drive. It's really hard to say whether or not that changed the game.
The call, if I were the lions, I would have been most pissed about is the non-call on Rodgers on the fourth down late in the fourth quarter.
The chop block was completely justified although the announcers irresponsibly didn't note their mistake when replays clearly showed that Pettigrew pushed the defender over the blocker that dove at the defender's feet.
Also, the complaint I hear about the safety is null as it would have resulted in a safety no matter how they called the play.
That being said, the refs really hurt us in the beginning of the game on a few calls so I think it's mostly a wash.