ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 04: Referee Peter Morelli #135 during a NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions might be bitter. After losing 24-20 in the NFC Wild Card playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys after an extremely controversial pass-interference-turned-non-pass-interference call, Detroit felt jilted.

On Sunday afternoon, the Cowboys visited the Green Bay Packers and were trailing 26-21 in the fourth quarter. On 4th and 2 from Green Bay’s 32-yard line with 4:42 remaining, Tony Romo went skyward to Dez Bryant. Bryant made a leaping catch and was ruled down inside the 1-yard line, only to see the call overruled upon further review. The call was based on the ball coming loose when Bryant hit the ground, effectively ending the game for Dallas. The majority of fans watching felt Bryant and the Cowboys should have been awarded the catch, if not for the NFL’s complicated rules on what actually constitutes a catch.

The Lions were tickled, and fired off some hilarious tweets, per Justin Rogers of MLive:

It is hard to blame any Detroit player for reveling in the misery of Dallas. The Lions have all the right in the world to feel screwed over, especially after NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino admitted a penalty should have been called on the play.

In the end, both the Lions and Cowboys can sit home and watch the Seattle Seahawks host the Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon.


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Matt Verderame, 26, is a New Yorker who went to school at the frozen tundra of SUNY Oswego. After graduating, Verderame has worked for Gannett and SB Nation among other ventures.

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