Lions, Taylor Decker find themselves in another officiating controversy

Another missed call gave Lions fans some bad Week 17 flashbacks.

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As if the Lions first home playoff game in 30 years – against Matt Stafford – wasn't quite on the nose enough for you, Sunday night's game featured yet another controversial (see: bad) call from the officials on Taylor Decker. With about a minute left in the first half, Decker was flagged for a false start on a 4th-and-5 play with the offense on the field, evidently trying to get the Rams to jump offsides. Replays, however, show somewhat-clearly that Rams linebacker Ernest Jones jumped first:

Both Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth seemed convinced that Ernest Jones came across the line first, and brought on broadcast rules analyst Terry McAulay to get an explanation.

"It sure looks to me, Cris, that the defense jumped before the offense moved." McAulay said. "It should have been a neutral zone infraction."

The Lions would end up punting, but LA, starting from their own 5 yard line, chose to run out clock on the final minute of the first half. So ultimately not as important as the Decker call from Week 17's loss in Dallas, but still enough to get the heart rate going. And that's what playoff football is really all about.


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