by Terry McCormick
September 23, 02012
The Tennessee Titans directly benefited from an incorrect spot by replacement officials following a personal foul penalty on the game-winning drive in overtime of Sunday's 44-41 win over Detroit.
The Titans had the football at their own 44 when Jake Locker hit Craig Stevens for a 23-yard gain. On the play, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit, a 15-yard penalty. The catch was reviewed and eventually overturned wiping out the 23-yard catch. However, when the 15 yards were marked off against the Lions, it was done from the Detroit 44, not the Tennessee 44, a difference of 12 yards.
The Titans went on to get a 26-yard field goal from Rob Bironas and then hold the Lions to win the game. The Titans claimed to be unaware of the error that benefited them.
“I wasn't sure what they did,” Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer told TitanInsider. “I thought it was a catch (by Stevens). But hey, those things, happen, It's unfortunate, but I wasn't aware of it.”
The Lions were certainl aware of it, though.
“I kept on trying to alert them to that fact,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “It's overtime, and I can't challenge anything. Obviously, there was a miscommunication.”
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com