Dominic Raiola’s Dirty Play An Embarrassment (with Video)


Dominic Raiola was mad about the blow out his team suffered at the hands of the New England Patriots. So mad in fact that he tried to end the season of Patriot defensive tackle Zach Moore.

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With New England up 27-9 with under two minutes left the New England Patriot’s attempted a field goal to extend their lead to 30.  But a personal foul by CJ Mosley gave the Patriots the ball at the one yard line.  That’s when LaGarret Blount ran the ball in for his second touchdown of the game.

That last-minute touchdown is what caused Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola to seek a little payback in the form of a cut block to Zach Moore.  He admitted as much in post game comments to the media.

"“I cut him,” Raiola said. “We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for six (a touchdown). They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game could have been over. It’s football. He wants to keep playing football, let’s play football. Not a big deal. It’s football.”"

Here is video of the play

This play is almost as embarrassing as the Detroit Lions offense was against the Patriots. If Dominic Raiola put as much effort into blocking Wilfork during the game, the Lions may have had a little more success.  Heck maybe they would have even scored one touchdown.

But as it turns out Wilfork was all over Matt Stafford while disrupting the run the entire game.  And as for the getting in the endzone…well the Detroit Lions 2 game touchdown drought speaks for itself.

The ironic thing is that Dominic Raiola completely failed in his attempt to injure Moore with the cut block.  In fact he failed so badly that the Patriots had to be informed of the dirty play after the game.

"I just heard what happened, but that was stupid,” Wilfork said. “I didn’t see it, but from what I heard … You’re taking a knee. They’d get mad if we were just to blow up one of their players, so I mean, it’s just uncalled for. But at the same time, you always have to protect yourself, so you always have to play with your neck on a swivel and being alert for 60 minutes, and it came down to it today on a bonehead play like that. But luckily no one got hurt and we can move on.”"

Dominic Raiola’s failed attempt at a dirty play is just one of a long list of failures by the Detroit Lions in this game.  It should have been obvious to anyone watching that the Detroit Lions are nowhere near the level of the New England Patriots. No matter what their record says. To summarize I will call on the words of the warrior poet Dennis Green, The Lions “are who we thought they were”.

And they have been all along.