Lions propose instant replay to cover penalties

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Phoenix — A day after the Lions lost to the Cowboys on a controversial officiating decision, coach Jim Caldwell said he’d like to see the NFL expand the use of instant replay to eliminate the human factor as much as possible.

The Lions have gone a step farther.

Dean Blandino, vice president of officiating for the NFL, said Thursday that Lions officials made a proposal to the league’s competition committee to expand instant replay to cover penalties.

Against the Cowboys, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew drew a flag for pass interference that would have given them a first down leading by three points with 8 minutes, 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Officials, however, waved off the foul even after announcing it, and Dallas scored the winning touchdown on the next drive.

Blandino also said league officials will review the “Calvin Johnson” rule of completing the process of the catch, a rule that cost Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant late in the divisional round loss to the Packers.