Falcons win, 30-26, after Lions' final drive ends in controversy

Falcons win, 30-26, after Lions' final drive ends in controversy

Falcons win, 30-26, after Lions' final drive ends in controversy

Detroit remains the only unbeaten team in the NFC North heading into Week 3 but host the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. "The defense cannot decline the runoff, but either team can use a remaining timeout to prevent it".

Ironically, during Monday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant also scored what would turn out to be a controversial touchdown. And Detroit had used all of its timeouts.

Stafford and Tate then hooked up for last-second heroics on a touchdown pass that was over-ruled on replay.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was efficient against the Giants, but what may help him reach the next level is if the Lions can sustain the solid run game they displayed against the Giants. Second, since Tate was going to the ground, the play isn't over until he completes the process of the catch - terminology Lions fans should know all too well, given it was spawned from a Calvin Johnson reversed touchdown years ago.

"When they put their running backs out there, you can't look at those guys as decoys", Lions safety Glover Quin said.

Because the clock was under 10 seconds and there was an automatic 10-second runoff due to the clock stoppage, the game was over. On first and second down, Stafford threw incomplete passes to running back Theo Riddick and receiver Kenny Golladay respectively.

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Others, presenting a more intriguing possibility that there were more than 10 seconds on the clock, seem to have strong visual evidence Tate was touched down with 11 ticks remaining, but there are factors not considered.

It was a pretty quiet day for other players named Matt around the league. And under much more hard circumstances, too. "But we can get better".

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Ultimately no explanation will be satisfying given the review swung the outcome from a Lions win to a Lions loss, but there is nothing in the review process that was anything but the correct administration of the National Football League rule book. They left themselves with no timeouts and a four-point deficit in the waning seconds, and Stafford chose to throw a pass in the middle of the field to a receiver short of the goal line. "They ruled it correctly, and that's the way it is". The Falcons are just as unsafe as they were a year ago, if not more so. Golden Tate looked to initially be in the end zone, which would give Detroit the lead with eight seconds left. Even the slightest bit of hesitation on anyone's part in Detroit's offense would have resulted in failure to line up in time.

Similar breaks are afforded to teams when they're only penalized half the distance to the goal rather than the regular yardage length for fouls that occur deep in either territory. "Why do we get punished 10 seconds?" Both should open the door for the opposing offenses to have success.

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