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Ref responsible for phantom face mask call will be officiating Lions-Packers again this week

Conspiracy theorists, unite!

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The officiating matchups for Week 3 were announced on Tuesday evening and boy do the Detroit Lions have an interesting assignment.

No, don’t worry; the flag happy crew from Week 2 will be making it rain yellow in Philly for the Eagles-Steelers game.

But the Lions were assigned the next worse thing: Carl Cheffers.

If that name sounds familiar, it should. He was the head official the last time the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers faced off. If you need a reminder on how that game ended, here’s a quick recap:

I’d show you what happened next, but SB Nation is a family friendly site.

So yes, the official who was responsible for the facemask call that eventually led to a last-second Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary touchdown, will be once against be calling the game between the Lions and Packers.

Back in August, Cheffers showed up to Lions training camp to help out with officiating. Reporters tried to grill him to clarify the facemask call from back in December, but Cheffers stubbornly refused to elaborate on his ruling, telling one reporter, "It’s 2016, dude."

To some, this is an odd coincidence. To others, the sign of a clear conspiracy. Either way, I’ll have my tinfoil hat nearby on Sunday.

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