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Blandino: That facemask call is made “almost every time”

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A referee reaches down to pick up a penalty flag during the second half of New England’s 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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It wasn’t just the 61-yard Hail Mary to win the game that had people buzzing in the aftermath of the Packers’ 27-23 win over the Lions. Twitter wanted to know if the play should have even happened.

The facemask call on the play before against Devin Taylor of the Lions gave the Packers an untimed down. Though Taylor’s hand clearly touched the facemask of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, further and slower replays left plenty of question as to whether Taylor actually grabbed the facemask and should have been flagged.

It didn’t take long for Dean Blandino, the NFL’s VP of officiating, to tweet that an official “is going to make that call almost every time.”

So, Blandino didn’t say the call was right -- or wrong. He just said he understands it being made.

The full Blandino tweet read: “Hand up to the mask, quick grab with finger and head gets turned. At full speed official is going to make that call almost every time.”