2016 NFC Wild Card Playoff
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Today’s crew is headed by Brad Allen.
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- Replay: Jim Lapetina
- Alternates: Walt Anderson (R), Jeff Lamberth (SJ), Mike Weatherford (FJ)
- January 7, 2017 - 11:02 pm 3:36 | 4th qtr Seahawks TD — Doug Baldwin 13 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (Stephen Haushka kick). SEA 26-6 key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:59 pm 4:02 | 4th qtr. Seahawks challenge — Incomplete catch. Call reversed. key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:38 pm 8:49 | 4th qtr Seahawks TD — Thomas Rawls 4 yd. run (kick hit right upright). SEA 19-6 key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:20 pm 14:12 | 4th qtr Seahawks FG — Stephen Haushka 27 yd. SEA 13-6 key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:10 pm 4:08 | 3rd qtr Lions FG — Matt Prater 53 yd. SEA 10-6 key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:09 pm :24 | 2nd Lions FG — Matt Prater 51 yd. SEA 10-3 key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:07 pm 1:28 | 2nd qtr. Replay review (2:00) — Completed catch near sideline. Call confirmed. key
- January 7, 2017 - 10:04 pm 2:00 | 2nd qtr. Seahawks FG — Stephen Haushka 43 yd. SEA 10-6key
- January 7, 2017 - 9:05 pm 7:07 | 2nd qtr. Seahawks TD — Paul Richardson 2 yd. pass from Russell Wilson (Stephen Hauschka kick). SEA 7-0 key
Following the game, referee Brad Allen met with a pool reporter to discuss the controversial touchdown catch by Paul Richardson.
Seattle 26-6, final
Penalties, 15. Seattle 6/40, Detroit 7/68 (+2 declined).
Replays, 2. Booth review inside 2:00 (confirmed), Seattle challenge (reversed).
14:06 | 4th qtr. Veteran play-by-play announcer Al Michaels is baffled that Anquan Boldin was not ejected after his second dead-ball foul of the game. Both of the two fouls were for unnecessary roughness, and he corrected himself after the commercial break. An ejection will be made for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls under the new rule.
13:45 | 4th qtr. Things getting chippy in Seattle. The Lions have picked up two personal fouls–one of offense and one on defense. Allen’s crew is not putting up with nonsense and both teams would be well served to settle down and play football.
On the Richardson touchdown, there was a defensive pass interference foul that was declined. Lions safety Tavon Wilson bumped into Richardson while facing Richardson. This is going to be ruled a deliberate action and a defensive pass interference. However…
Richardson, after being interfered with, hooked his arm around Wilson’s helmet, and Wilson’s head turned. Is this a facemask? It certainly could be called, as grabbing the helmet opening and pulling is a facemask foul. If the hand was on the earhole with the head turn, no foul. Wilson wears a plastic face shield, so an open hand on the face shield is not a foul. If there is a grip of the facemask bars, then there is a foul.
It looks like Richardson had a hand on the bars, but a grip of the bars is not that clear. This is in slow-motion replay, and subsequent replays by NBC zoomed it in to show the contact. If the network has to resort to enlarging the picture, this is not going to be called in real time. Neither the deep wing nor the back judge, though would have had a good look at the infraction, and neither did the network, since the shot had to be enhanced.
Offsetting pass interference calls are never flagged when the action occurs in the same location. This gives the offense the advantage of a down replay, so the call must go one way or the other. But in this case, it is a personal foul for a facemask, and when it is blatant, it will be called.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he was told by the officials that there was an uncalled facemask, so SVP/officiating Dean Blandino probably got word down to the crew during the game.
Seattle 10-3, halftime
Penalties, 9. Seattle 4/25, Detroit 4/35 (+1 declined).
Replays, 1. Booth review inside 2:00 (confirmed).
As you watch the game tonight, keep an eye on Jeff Rice and how he works the finger whistle.
5:02 | 2nd qtr. Detroit’s Anquan Boldin was flagged for shoving a member of the Seattle bench after an incomplete pass. Line judge Byron Boston was right there along the sideline to make the call.
8:26 | 1st qtr. Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham was hit hard on the incomplete pass. He’s in a defenseless posture at the time, which means he has protections from forcible blows to the head. A replay shows that, while Graham’s head jolted on the hit, it was a legal hit.
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14:16 | 1st qtr. The first penalty called by Allen was a wrong-way block-in-the-back foul on a Lions punt. The crew quickly convened and got the announcement corrected. Some first-game jitters, and the only thing to do is brush it off and move on with the game.
Referee Brad Allen is in his 3rd season. This is Allen’s first playoff assignment in his second year of eligibility. Allen was hired directly to the referee position from the NCAA in 2014.