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Don't blame the refs for postseason losses

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Upon further review, blaming the refs is taking the easy way out.

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I'm not much of a believer in conspiracy theories that the NFL is rigged. Mainly because with deeper observation the smoking gun can be found in the hand of the losing team, pointed straight at its foot.

So you can come to the conclusion that I don't believe that the referees picked up that controversial flag to give Dallas a win over Detroit as part of some grand conspiracy by the NFL, and here's why.

Reason #1: It didn't have that much of an impact on the Lions' chances of winning the game.

Brian Burke, founder of NFL Advanced Statistics gave the Lions a 79.4 percent chance of winning the game had the penalty stood. After the flag was picked up, the Lions chances dropped to 67.2 percent. A drop sure, but Detroit was still highly favored to win the game, so this can't be pinned as the reason they lost.

Reason #2: The following actions made by the Lions are not decisions made by a team that wins in the playoffs.

Despite having a 4th-and-1 in Dallas territory, the Lions took a delay of game penalty in a failed attempt to lure the Cowboys defense into an offsides. Then they opted to punt, and that only went 10 yards. This is the playoffs. You're in opposing territory. Go for it. Did the Lions forget the words of Herm Edwards? This decision would go back to bite the Lions, as the Cowboys would drive down the field and score a touchdown.

Reason #3: Perception of Roger Goodell is too contradictory to believe that he is part of a conspiracy.

Am I supposed to believe that Goodell is part of a conspiracy? The same Goodell that fumbled and bumbled the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases? The same one that went into radio silence for months before giving an awful press conference? The same one that's made mistake after mistake throughout the years? No.

He can't be both. He can't be master conspirator and bumbling fool. He's one or the other, not both. And if he's been faking it for all these years, and he really is some master conspirator, then give him an Oscar, because he's the best actor of our generation.