Lions Coach Jim Schwartz Blasts Controversial Call

09/15/2010 06:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The biggest play of the NFL's Week 1 was Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's touchdown catch, which ended up being controversially ruled an incomplete pass in Detroit's 19-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz spoke about the play on the Morning Show on 97.1 the Ticket in Detroit, and the interview was transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews.

Schwartz said everyone knows Johnson caught the ball. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at that and say it was a catch. Now, it's also ruled an incompletion because of the rule," he said. "I think if 100 people look at it, 100 people say, 'Yeah, Calvin caught that ball.'"

The Lions were down by five late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Shaun Hill connected with Johnson for a 25-yard touchdown pass. However, officials ruled that the Lions receivers didn't have control of the ball long enough.

Schwartz said no matter what, Johnson made a great play. "There's no way that you can take that away from him other than a technicality in the rulebook."

You can listen to the entire interview here.

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