After he was originally suspended from the game for stepping on Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ ankles on-field in the last game of the regular season in December, Ndamukong Suh won an appeal allowing him to play in the Detroit Lions’ Wild Card game against the Cowboys yesterday. But after a tough loss, his season came to an emotional end.
Still, Suh, who has been widely criticized for what looked like an intentionally dirty play against the Packers, will be required to pay a $70,000 fine for the incident. While winning the appeal might have been a small victory, Suh and the Lions capped off the 2014/2015 season with a loss against the Cowboys last night (January 4) and the game might be his last ever with the team.
The Cowboys mounted an impressive late-game comeback to beat the Lions 24-20 following a controversial penalty in the fourth quarter with less than nine minutes left in the game. With the Lions in possession of the ball at the Cowboys’ 45-yard line, quarterback Matt Stafford threw to Brandon Pettigrew who was obviously the victim of defensive pass interference on the part of Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens. The head referee quickly announced an interference call yielding a first-down for Detroit before picking up the flag and canceling the penalty. The non-call forced the Lions to punt and gave the Cowboys an opportunity for a game-winning touchdown drive led by Tony Romo and a big fourth-down conversion.
Check out the original call below.
After the loss, Lions defensive tackle Suh again took center-stage and earned himself a different kind of attention with an emotional podium appearance. Right before breaking into tears when asked about whether he left everything he had on the field, Suh says, “Honestly, I didn’t expect this. That’s what it comes down to.”