Barry Sanders Rips Refs For 'Sickening' Missed Calls As Former Lions Stand Up For Team

It was too much for Detroit to overcome.

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October 15, 2019 - 7:54 am

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Knowing the current players and coaches would likely take the high road, Barry Sanders stood up for the Lions after they were victims of some "terrible" officiating in a heartbreaking loss to the Packers Monday night. 

Sanders, who serves as an ambassador for the team, took to Twitter to condemn a "sickening" performance by the refs. He was particularly upset with two "phantom hands to the face calls" on Trey Flowers, who said afterward neither penalty was warranted

Both calls on Flowers, who had never been flagged for hands to the face during his four years with the Patriots, kept the Packers offense on the field in the fourth quarter and helped them turn a 22-13 deficit into a 23-22 win. The Lions deserve some blame themselves, as Sanders acknowledged, but the refs added to the difficulty of an already-tall challenge.

In the end, it was too much for the Lions to overcome. 

Sanders wasn't the only former Lion to come to the team's defense. The likes of Stephen Tulloch, TJ Lang, Tahir Whitehead and Nevin Lawson also weighed in on Twitter, with Tulloch questioning the NFL's transparency.

On top of the two questionable calls against Flowers, safety Tracy Walker was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he made incidental helmet-to-helmet contact with receiver Geronimo Alison on the opening drive of the third quarter. Walker was clearly going for the ball, but the refs said that didn't matter

It left Whitehead and Lawson, a teammate of Walker's last year, floored. 

Ultimately, Whitehead may have said it best: 

Or maybe Lang: