Lions benefit from reception rule against Eagles

BY foxsports • September 19, 2010

The Detroit Lions got a break from the rule book after it cost them a win over Chicago.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick lofted a third-down pass that DeSean Jackson caught in the first quarter of Sunday's game. Jackson didn't hold onto the football as he landed on the ground with cornerback Jonathan Wade.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz lividly protested the call and fired the challenge flag onto the field.

Referee Clete Blakeman announced the call was being overturned because Jackson lost control of the football.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson leaped for a catch at Chicago in Week 1, had his feet and a knee in the end zone before letting the football go after it hit the turf. It was ruled incomplete because he didn't maintain possession.