Jamaal Williams of the Lions strikes the referee with a ball while he is calling a penalty.

NFL officials are quite serious about their work. even if footballs are hurled in their direction.

The referee was assessing a holding penalty against the Detroit Lions during Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys when running back Jamaal Williams flipped the ball at him, striking him in the head.

Williams was trying to apologize for punching him in the head, but the referee made the call nevertheless, moving the Lions back 10 yards.

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Williams was questioned about his decision-making there by a different referee, but nothing else happened.

Another positive moment for the officials occurred early in the contest when one of them observed that Amon-Ra St. Brown, the Lions’ top receiver, appeared unsteady following a significant hit from the Cowboys. Right away, a referee intervened to ensure that the Lions removed him from the field and placed him in concussion protocol.

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After examinations, St. Brown’s concussion was determined to prevent him from continuing the game.

Referees in this league have a difficult job, and you never know what will happen. Even careless throws made when attempting to make a call might be harmful.

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There were a total of 15 penalties called during the actual game, with eight against the Lions and seven against the Cowboys. Dallas would ultimately prevail in this game, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns while Dak Prescott was back at quarterback to lead Dallas to a 24-6 victory.

While running back Ezekiel Elliott scored two touchdown runs and 57 yards in total on the ground, Prescott concluded the game with 207 yards and one touchdown pass. The only touchdown pass from Prescott was caught by tight end Peyton Hendershot, a rookie.

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