The Detroit Lions were wrongly denied the opportunity to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, with Seattle ultimately holding on for a crucial 13-10 win.
What looked like a forced fumble at the time, was retrospectively ruled an illegal bat for hitting the ball out of the end zone, according to NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino, as reported by ESPN.
No flags were thrown at the time as Calvin Johnson surrendered possession, while Russell Wilson guided the Seahawks down the field on the next play to hold on to the win.
The result leaves Detroit with a 0-4 start to the season, while Seattle improve to 2-2 on what was a contentious night at CenturyLink Field with implications for both teams.
Lions quarterback Matt Stafford finished the game 24-of-35 for 203 yards, but it wasn’t enough to deny Seattle a 10th straight win in Monday night games.