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Officials admit to Lions HC Jim Caldwell that they missed the facemask on Paul Richardson’s TD

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson made an absolutely insane one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter of the team’s Wild Card round playoff game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

Here’s video of the play live:

And the replay of the absurd catch:

There was also a flag on the play, for defensive pass interference on Lions safety Tavon Wilson. But what you probably notice on the replay is that Richardson clearly grabs and twists the facemask of Wilson.

Well, NBC’s Michele Tafoya reported after halftime that officials admitted to Lions head coach Jim Caldwell that they “got the call wrong”:

As Al Michaels explains, that’s not a reviewable call. And had it been called, it would’ve resulted in offsetting penalties, but the Lions would certainly take that over giving up a touchdown.

UPDATE: The game’s head official, Brad Allen, claims that no one on the staff “apologized” to Jim Caldwell over getting the call wrong:

My initial reaction to this is that I don’t at all think Michele Tafoya was making her story up. She’s one of the best and seemed to have a pretty clear quote from Caldwell.

So, maybe Caldwell lied or exaggerated, but I’m guessing this is just the officials not admitting to the media that they missed a call.

Or, maybe they did tell Caldwell they got it wrong, but didn’t “apologize”.

[NBC]

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