Falcons hold on to beat Lions 30-26 thanks to National Football League rule

29 September, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Detroit could have done one simple thing to completely avoid the entire runoff situation - they could have thrown the ball in the end zone.

It all started on September 12, 2010 when Calvin Johnson caught a touchdown pass with 24 seconds left, giving the Lions the lead over the Bears.

Stafford, who played in college at the University of Georgia, and Ryan live close to each other in Atlanta during the offseason and the fast friendship included Ryan and his wife being invited to Stafford's wedding months after they met. But NFL offenses-and the cardiac Lions in particular-have become skilled at running an extreme hurry-up in frantic moments like the one in question.

Dozens of National Football League players took a knee Sunday in response to Donald Trump's criticisms. The Falcons are the easily the best team the Lions have played yet.

Detroit (2-1) never led in the game, but failed to pull off another comeback in the fourth quarter. The enforcement of the 10-second runoff was the right call to make. That would've given the Lions a first down. Caldwell assumed the position in 2014 and led the Lions to a 29-21 record through Week 2 of this season. Based on those numbers, an average of 1.17 million people in Metro Detroit watched the game for the full rating period, with a peak viewing audience of 1.646 million.


The play was initially ruled short of the goal line but that official's decision was successfully challenged by Atlanta.

Matt Bryant's 48-yard field goal capped off a lightning start to the game and a hectic ending to the first half. With under two minutes remaining, the Lions found a way back into the game immediately. As the team itself pointed out, the offense got a snap off in seven seconds in last year's game-tying drive versus the Vikings.

Matthew Stafford had the Lions inches away from winning and leading another comeback as he did so many times past year. The Falcons took full advantage of the fact that the Lions were without starting LB Jarrad Davis (concussion) to the tune of 151 yards on the ground.

The referees saw it and thought Ebron pushed off, flagging him for pass interference. "They're taking advantage of plays when they need to". Atlanta is without Vic Beasley for a while after sustaining an injury last weekend which is a huge blow for their defense and one that could be the different in the outcome of this one as the Lions defense looked great last week against the New York Giants. They very well could be, but we'll get some more insight into that this Sunday when they take on the Lions in Detroit. Instead, the penalty should have been called on the Bears. The play war originally ruled a touchdown but was overturned after the officials viewed the play and the game was over giving the Atlanta Falcons a 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions.

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