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League Admits Blown Facemask Penalty At End Of Vikings Vs. Lions

In what is probably the least-surprising bit of news on Friday, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed to the media that the NFL told the team that, on the last play of the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, a facemask penalty did occur and was missed by the officials. When the proof is so clear, the league generally admits that there was a penalty. It changes nothing, but it's worth noting - even the Lions agree that they got away with one.


On Sunday, the Vikings were set up with a first and goal with nine seconds remaining, and Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy lunged directly for the facemask of quarterback Joe Webb, grabbed onto it, pulled and forced a fumble. The ball rolled around long enough to kill the clock and in the end, Detroit got the win because the officials didn't call what was probably one of the most obvious facemask penalties this year.


At least there's accountability.


Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.