Rash of holding sanctions ‘not fair’

The Detroit Lions suffered another self-inflicted loss on Thursday by taking 10 penalties in a 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.

After the game, Lions quarterback Jared Goff took issue with the amount of holding penalties imposed on the Lions.

“The false starts are definitely for us,” said Goff. “That can’t happen, but you can hold every play. It’s not an excuse. We’ve done it too much and I know those guys are hard on themselves, but behind that they can throw that flag on every play.” To me, it seemed like it was a little too common on that phone call.”

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The Lions were flagged six times for offensive holding on Thursday and were penalized twice in three consecutive games.

Leading 7-3 and in field in-goal in the second quarter, TJ Hockenson was flagged for a false start on the first and 10 of the Chicago 29-yard line. Center Evan Brown was called to hold the next game, and Jamaal Williams followed with a false start, leaving the Lions a first and 30 of the Chicago 49.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff struggles with the ball after being sacked by Bears defending Robert Quinn during the first half at Ford Field on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Goff pitched for a short win to Williams on the next play, Williams was stopped for a 6-yard loss on a swing pass in second place, and after a short run at third-and-32, the Lions kicked the ball away.

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The Bears scored two plays later to take a 10-7 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Evan Brown was flagged for a false start on the second and 7th of the Lions’ 47-yard line. Tommy Kraemer, who started his first career at right guard instead of Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Taylor Decker were awarded penalties on the next two plays, and the Lions kicked on the fourth and 25, never to see the ball again.

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