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Seahawks stop Lions with goal-line turnover as controversy ensues

Kam Chancellor forced a late Calvin Johnson fumble at the 1-yard line to preserve Seattle's win. However, officials missed an illegally batted ball on the play that should've given the ball back to Detroit.

Gerry Austin: Wright play was illegal (0:22)
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VP of Officiating on controversial ending

Dean Blandino, NFL VP of Officiating, on KJ Wright batting the ball out of the end zone: "Judgment call on the field. Back judge felt it wasn't overt. That's why he didn't call it on the field."


Lions' reaction to controversial ending

  • Matthew Stafford: "I have heard about that. It doesn't make me feel better right about now."
  • Calvin Johnson: "At the end of the day, you can't leave it in the refs' hands."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll admitted that the Seahawks caught a break on the game-changing play late in the fourth quarter. Seahawks LB K.J. Wright batted the Calvin Johnson fumble out of the back of the end zone, but the officials ruled a touchback for Seattle. "We were fortunate," Carroll said.

Caldwell: 'We're not going to cry about it'

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the ref's missed call after Seahawks LB K.J. Wright's batted ball was incorrectly ruled a touchback and possession for Seattle: "I mean what can you do? You know what I mean? We're not going to cry about it."


MikeTirico @miketirico

On the touchback. Official involved said he thought bat was inadvertent. Clearly it wasn't. Not reviewable because it is a foul

Gerry Austin: Wright play was illegal

Former NFL referee Gerry Austin explains why K.J. Wright batting the ball out of the end zone for a touchback was actually an illegal play.


Pete Carroll on controversial ending

"It's a very unique situation ... It was a difficult ending for [Detroit], of course. ... It's unfortunate the officials didn't know how to deal with it."

Controversial finish to Monday night game

After Kam Chancellor forced the Calvin Johnson fumble near the goal line, KJ Wright batted the ball in the end zone over the back line for a touchback. Wright's play was illegal, according to Dean Blandino, head of NFL officiating, and thus the Lions should have gotten the ball back at half yard line. Story


Seahawks hang on to top Lions

Kam Chancellor forced Calvin Johnson to fumble at the goal line late in the fourth quarter, securing Seattle's 13-10 win over Detroit.


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KC Joyner @KCJoynerTFS

When a punter bats it, it's out of his own end zone & is a safety so the illegal bat isn't accepted.

Chancellor saves game for Seattle

Seahawks S Kam Chancellor on his game-changing fumble against Calvin Johnson, which helped seal Seattle's 13-10 win over Detroit: "It's never over 'til you cross that end zone."


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

SEAHAWKS 13, LIONS 10 (FINAL): Just a brutal way for the Lions to lose, on a goal-line fumble. Considering the implications for Detroit, that is massive. On a day where the defense shined, the team fell a yard short and remain winless at 0-4.

ESPN Monday Night @ESPNMondayNight

Former NFL referee Gerry Austin says it should have been an illegal bat by KJ Wright in the end zone. Ball should have went back to Detroit.

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Will get lost in the brilliance of Kam's play, but what a crushing loss for Detroit, whose defense played like their season was on the line.

ESPN Monday Night @ESPNMondayNight

"And the Detroit Lions, who have found every possible way over the years to lose games, add another chapter to the book." - Mike Tirico

Final: Seahawks 13, Lions 10

  • SEA: QB R. Wilson: 20-of-26, 287 yards, 1 TD; 40 rush yards, 2 fumbles
  • SEA: SS K. Chancellor: 7 tackles, 1 FF
  • DET: QB M. Stafford: 24-of-35, 203 yards
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Megatron comes up short

Calvin Johnson has been kept in check for most of the evening. Johnson was about to burst through the end zone to give Detroit the lead -- until Kam Chancellor punched the ball free at the goal line for a game-saving forced fumble.


Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Kam Chancellor knocks it loose from Calvin Johnson a split second before he scores what might have been winning TD