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49ers shut down Detroit's passing game, forcing it to do something it doesn't well, which is run the ball in a 27-19 victory over the Lions. Detroit was held to 214 yards passing and 82 yards rushing and saw its depleted secondary exploited to the tune of 349 yards. Detroit remains winless against the 49ers for the ninth straight time since September 25, 1995 and winless at Candlestick Park since November 2, 1975.

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NFL replacement referees are having trouble understanding the rules by making phantom calls, allowing the clock to run after an incomplete pass in the Cleveland game or not starting the clock until the play was over, allowing a coach to challenge a play when a turnover is ruled on the field, etc. Now we have an side judge that had to be removed when it was discovered he is a Saints fan. How bad will it have to get before a settlement with the regular officials is reached?

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Big plays by Tennessee sends Detroit to it second loss in three games. A 65 yard punt, a 105 yard kickoff return after Detroit had scored 18 straight points to take a 27-20 lead, a 71 yard touchdown pass for a go ahead touchdown, a 72 fumble recovery return after a Detroit had the ball taken out of his hands for what seemed to be a clinching score. Detroit would score twice in the final 18 seconds of regulation.

The ended in overtime when Detroit miscommunicated and went for a quarterback sneak on fourth and one from the Tennessee 6 yard line after the Titans had kicked a field goal to take a 44-41 lead.

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Suspect officiating continues to be a problem in the NFL as the replacements march off a penalty from the Detroit 44 instead of the Tennessee 44, announcing twice the Titans would replay third down instead of allowing their defense to decline a penalty and force fourth down, missing at least another face mask penalty. The replacements would also miss a helmet-to-helmet penalty in the Pittsburgh-Oakland game by the Steeler safety Ryan Murphy that put Oakland's Heyward-Bey in the hospital with a neck injury.

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As promised, I will post a couple more blown calls. It seems the replacements don't know an interception in the end zone when they see one. Green Bay's M.D. Jennings clearly came down with an interception in the end zone, but was ruled a toucdown pass to Seattle's Golden Tate after several minutes of discussion. Jennings had already shoved Sam Shields out of the way, so the replacements also missed an obvious offensive pass interference penalty. The NFL has upheld the referees' decision, but acknowledged the missed offensive pass interference penalty.

They also missed an obvious missed field by Baltimore against New England which gave the Ravens a 31-30 win, one that was clearly wide right.

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Special teams and dropped passes send Detroit to a 20-13 loss to Minnesota. For the second straight game, the Lions gave up both a kickoff and a punt return in the same game, a first since 1940 according to STATS LLC. Percy Harvin ran back the opening kickoff 105 yards and was practically untouched. Marcus Sherels ran back the first punt of the second half 77 yards for a score and was aided by three missed tackles. Two of Detroit's dropped passes would have been touchdowns.and resulted in field goal attempts.

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New Orleans continues the transition from the Saints to the Aints in a 28-27 loss to Green Bay. Garrett Hartley missed a 48 yard field that would have give the Saints a 30-28 lead with a little over four minutes left.

Blame it on the refs. Everyone has. :lol:

Oh right, refs are back, can't blame them no more.

Maybe the NHL should take note of what happened in the NFL.

Let scabs play the games, after enough complaints they'll bring back the players. :)

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Blame it on the refs. Everyone has. :lol:

Oh right, refs are back, can't blame them no more.

Maybe the NHL should take note of what happened in the NFL.

Let scabs play the games, after enough complaints they'll bring back the players. :)

Seriously though, the Saints can't blame it on the refs when everyone knows they don't have any defense which is nothing compared to what Buffalo has. It appeared maybe the NHL was until talks broke off. It"ll take some kind of PR disaster.

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