Those issues cropped up immediately during Monday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. In the first quarter, the refs gave two different signals on a touchdown run by Lions running back Kerryon Johnson.
While it was early in the contest, this was another potentially game-altering play. With the ball on the 1-yard line, the Lions decided to go for it on fourth down. Johnson got the carry and attempted to ram the ball into the end zone. Upon first glance, it was tough to tell whether he got in.
The refs must have felt that way too. One signaled touchdown. Another signals the Packers had made the stop. The play was eventually ruled a touchdown.
The refs were immediately criticized on Twitter for not being on the same page.
One official signals for a touchdown, one official signals a turnover on downs.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 15, 2019
The 2019 season in a nutshell.
Some even thought the moment reminded them of another infamous failure by the refs. Packers fans, you might want to avert your eyes for this one.
Things got even worse for the Packers on the next drive. Running back Aaron Jones lost a fumble, which resulted in a field goal that put the Lions up 13-0. At least the refs can’t be blamed for that score.
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