If the game were to change and it were to become a bunch of robots playing the game or at least refereeing the game people would begin to hate the game because it doesn't allow for human error. As a fan I'm sure that a call has gone your team's way one or two times at least (that you can remember). This is what makes the game exhilarating. The thought that a call can be blown at anytime and that your team or the other team could start to walk away with the game is very exciting. This can change the way that people view the game of football forever. We have all heard about point shaving by the players but haven't really seen anything that involved that kind of controversy with the referees. Sure the was the fail marry with Green Bay and Seattle a couple of years ago but that was a bunch of replacement referees, not ones that do this at this level all of the time.
Back to the game. The referees are to blame for missing a call yes, but what I want to know is how is it that the flag can be thrown by an official across the field seeing that it was blatant pass interference but not by the referee that was standing the closest. Then after the play the conversed about the play and were convinced by that same referee that didn't see the pass interference because he didn't want to be thought of as not being able to do his job at the highest level. Basically he missed the call and didn't want to take the blame for missing the call so he stuck to his guns, knowing he was wrong. He just didn't want to seem wrong to the entire nation.
Finally the game was not lost on this call although the call had it gone the Lion's way could have changed the layout of the game. It was lost by the Lions! Yes I'm not blaming the referees! The Lions constantly couldn't do anything with the ball in the second half. This is a team that is supposed to be competing for NFC North titles on a yearly basis. Your offense should know how to step up in the playoffs when the game is on the line. This team was built with so many good pieces on the offensive side of the ball that there should be no excuse for not being able to move the ball. I understand that there is not a lot of playoff experience on the team itself but the team does have experience and they should be able to concentrate on the matter at hand. There was absolutely nothing for them to be sidetracked with because Ndamukong Suh got off of his one game suspension. The team and this offense specifically needed to step up and we saw them collapse. I guess Matthew Stafford is less clutch in playoff situations than Tony Romo. And that is saying something.