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Gunther Cunningham Says Flag Could Have Been Thrown On Play Before Ravens’ Game-Winning FG

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions drops a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field on December 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 16: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions drops a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field on December 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Among the many moments that make up an NFL game, most of the attention Monday probably went to a few shocking drops by Detroit Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Johnson’s drops in key situations – even as he became, in that same game, the first player ever to rack up 5,000 yards receiving in a three-year span – got trumpeted as a key story line from Detroit’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

On the fringes, though, there was a little conversation about some missed calls by officials, particularly about a no-call on what can only be characterized as a blatant hold of Lions wide receiver Kris Durham, whose arm was held down, preventing him from reaching up to catch a pass.

Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham confirmed today that he noticed at least one other infraction that did not get a flag. On the run before the Ravens took what turned out to be the game-winning 61-yard field goal attempt, Cunningham believes there could have been a penalty flag thrown.

“The left tackle was moving,” Cunningham said. “It wasn’t hard to see. I saw it from about 40 miles away in the press box. They didn’t make the call, so we’ve got to live with it.”

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