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Seattle Seahawks beat Detroit Lions in controversial circumstances after illegal play

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The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions didn't exactly serve up a points feast on Monday Night Football.

The game did get very exciting, very late on, as Kam Chancellor managed to punch the ball out of Calvin Johnson's hands as the receiver was about to score a likely game-winning touchdown.

Blown Call

However, a penalty should have been called on the Seahawks as K.J Wright batted the ball out of the back of the end zone, which is an illegal play.


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Illegal Batting

Wright committed an illegal bat that should have given the ball back to the Lions at the spot where they lost possession, with the ball moved half the distance to the goal line.

That would have given the Lions the ball back at the one-yard line, which surely would have ended with the Lions either scoring a game-winning TD or at least tying it up with a field goal.

“I didn’t know that rule at all,” K.J. Wright said. Wright's teammate Michael Bennett also had no idea as he called it a "smart play" by the linebacker.

“Now that you look at it, we are fortunate,” head coach Pete Carroll said, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

“It’s unfortunate the officials didn’t know how to do it, for their sake. It’s just the way it goes sometimes that plays happen and calls get made and we live with it and do the best we can.”

Gutted for the Detroit Lions and their fans, who have been done out of a potential win by shoddy officiating.

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