A Super Bowl MVP called for NFL referees to be "investigated" between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers after the Monday night game.
Desmond Howard, who also won a Heisman Trophy during his career and is currently an ESPN college football analyst, tweeted his frustrations with the official Monday.
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"The referees must be investigated. That's awful. Check the bank accounts. #NoExcuses, "he wrote.
Howard also complained that Aaron Rodgers, who led the Packers to a comeback victory over Lions, would be overshadowed by officials.
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Howard, who was the Super Bowl XXXI's MVP prize as a member of the Packers, was not the only person to scrutinize the referees during the match, the Hall of Fame in which Barry Sanders returned , also voiced his opinion on the matter – two phantom hands on face calls really hurt us tonight – yes, we could have achieved TDs, but @Lions played too well to end the game this way "Sanders wrote in a tweet.
The problems resulted from an unnecessary punishment for Lions defender Tracy Walker and an illegal contact penalty for the defensive end of Trey Flowers.
While referee Clint Blakeman defended Walker's punishment, NFL manager Troy Vincent said that the penalty for the flowers on Tuesday should not have dropped.
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Detroit was called to eight penalties for 50 yards in the final defeat.