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Lions don't want an apology -- they want a win

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How should Lions react to Blandino's statement? (1:05)

Scott Van Pelt and Louis Riddick react to NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino's statement that the referees incorrectly handled the K.J. Wright batted ball that gave the Seahawks a touchback. (1:05)

SEATTLE -- James Ihedigbo isn't sure what can be done, but the Detroit Lions safety knows something needs to be fixed.

There needs to be accountability with officials, he said, and apologies -- especially after calls that cost teams games -- are not good enough. Apologies don't change wins or losses, and once again, the Lions were on the wrong side of a controversial call on a big stage.

"It's not going to change it to a win," Ihedigbo said. "I mean, they got to be held accountable, just as players are in terms of equipment violations, whatever it may be. There's a standard players are held to on the field. There's a standard the coaches are held to on the field. There's a standard that teams are held to on the field. There has to be a standard that officials are held to as well. You can't just apologize."

When asked if he felt officials in the league were held to enough of a standard, Ihedigbo flatly replied, "No."

It's not clear whether the NFL will apologize to the Lions for the missed call Monday on Seattle's K.J. Wright for batting the ball out of the end zone after a Calvin Johnson fumble, which turned what would have been Lions ball on the 1-yard line into Seattle ball and a win for the Seahawks. Ihedigbo said Kam Chancellor, who knocked the ball out of Johnson's hands on the half-yard line, made a great play, and Johnson said he has to hold on to the ball in that situation.

But what happened after Johnson's fumble is the issue. It's also not the first time this has happened to Detroit. The league said it missed a critical third-down penalty call during the playoffs last year, and that potentially cost the Lions a win over Dallas in the wild-card game.

Monday makes two losses for the Lions -- one that ended their 2014 season and one that put them 0-4 in 2015 and did significant damage too -- and Ihedigbo thinks the league needs to figure something out to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Wide receiver Golden Tate, who was on the other side of the field for the play, said he was not aware of the rule initially.

"I'm honestly not even aware of that rule, so I couldn't tell you anything about it," Tate said. "But it was clearly a bat -- I can tell you that."

Tate's reaction echoed those of many players in the Lions locker room who were not made aware of NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino's saying on the NFL Network's Monday night postgame show that it was an incorrect call.

Those who did know about it or had heard about it weren't pleased, either.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, who typically remains neutral and stoic, appeared bothered by the call following the game. He declined to explain the play in detail and called what happened "ridiculous."

"What can you do, you know what I mean?" Caldwell said. "We're not going to cry about it, that's for sure. We just got to tee it up and go at it again."

Quarterback Matthew Stafford said this loss is "up there" with the worst losses in his career, especially after the Lions drove 90 yards down the field on one of the best pass defenses in the NFL in one of the toughest environments in the NFL.

"I have heard about that," Stafford said. "It doesn't make me feel much better right now. You know, [I've] been a part of a couple rule-change-issue kind of stuff at the end of ball games since I've been here. It's no different. It doesn't put a win in the win column for us."

That's the problem for the Lions. It is another loss, in brutal fashion off a poor refereeing decision, and the Lions are still 0-4. They are the only winless team in the NFL and are now four games back of the division-leading Green Bay Packers.

They can't take solace in what happened Monday in Seattle. They can't do anything about it, really. There's nothing an apology or a statement explaining the poor call can do for Detroit right now. It wouldn't mean much to the team's record. It wouldn't mean much to the players, either.

"Nah," Johnson said. "It's still 0-4."

Nothing the NFL or the Lions can do will alter that.