Every year, NFL officials seem to blow a few games due to egregious missed calls. And, the Detroit Lions were the unfortunate recipient of a bad call that cost them a game when a clear hold on an Aidan Hutchinson pass rush was ignored on the Seattle Seahawks’ winning touchdown in overtime.
It’s pretty bad. Take a look on the right side of the screen. Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson clearly held on the play.
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2023
Here’s another look.
Should this have been called holding against Seattle on their game-winning play? pic.twitter.com/n4zZe2kup6
— Ben Brown 🌻 (@BenBrownPL) September 17, 2023
Yeah, that’s clearly holding. That would’ve backed the Seahawks up for a third and long. And, as long as they don’t score a touchdown, the Lions get a chance to go down to try and score to tie or win the game. Detroit’s offense had been moving the ball all day, so there’s a good chance they could have at least tied the game.
Credit to Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith for making a great play there, though.
Still, that’s a tough way for the Lions to lose as they looked to go to 2-0 and continue their great play from the end of last season.
That’s a horrible no holding call on Aidan Hutchinson on that game winning TD, when are the Lions ever gonna get their fair calls?
— Jadon Hooke (@_jadonhooke_) September 17, 2023
WAS THAT GUY HOLDING HUTCHINSON?
— Detroit Lions Pro (@DetroitLionsPro) September 17, 2023
Hahaha, couldn’t have been more of a clear HOLDING call, held Hutch right in front of the ref too. What’s new, the @Lions have a game impacted by the refs negatively. Sick of it @NFL , really really sick of it.
— Detroit Lions 1-1 (thanks to terrible officiating) (@RIP2yourbookie) September 17, 2023
Both the Seahawks and Lions are now 1-1. Seattle will host the Carolina Panthers in week three while the Lions hosted the surprisingly 2-0 Atlanta Falcons.