Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell chewed out referee Jeff Triplette’s staff after an illegal hands to the face penalty moved Detroit back 10 yards. It turns out Caldwell had a pretty good case.
Replays showed there was an illegal move during the play in question, but it turns out it was Chicago Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman using a Detroit lineman’s facemask as leverage to get into the backfield. Instead of calling the foul on Chicago, Triplette flagged the Lions, turning a 14-yard gain into a 10-yard loss for Caldwell’s team.
Former offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley took to Twitter to showcase just how impressively incorrect Triplette’s call was.
The horrible call didn’t have a major affect on the Lions’ drive. Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 48-yard gain two plays later, setting up a 29-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 in the second quarter.