Yes we all know the lame rule and interpretation screwed the Lions.but there were a few other things that hurt almost as much.
1. Scott Linehan’s conservative play calling was absurd. Even before Stafford got hurt,I thought I was watching a game of see how unimaginative an offense can be. Hello, Mr.Linehan, you are allowed to throw the ball from deep in your own territory. That three runs and punt from inside the five yard line was disgraceful.
2.The run blocking from the offensive line was horrific. Isn’t a coincidence that Backus and Raiola complained that Mike Martz would not run the ball enough. I guess you do need to run the ball more than 21 times to gain 20 FRICKING yards.
3.Calvin Johnson has to learn not to drop the ball and more importantly know where the first down marker is.
4. And finally, although the defense was gutty and showed they can hit. There is something called tackling on a screen pass that is legal.