Falcons hang on to beat Lions 30-26 thanks to NFL rule

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017|2:52 p.m.

DETROIT– Matthew Stafford’s pass to Golden Tate was ruled to be just short of the objective line in the last seconds, overturning the call on the field and allowing the Atlanta Falcons to hang on for a 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Stafford threw a slant to Tate and a video review identified he was down just inside the 1 with 8 seconds left. By rule, 10 seconds needed to run the clock, and that ended the video game since the Lions didn’t have any timeouts.

Former NFL officiating primary Dean Blandino, now a Fox analyst, discussed the call in a tweet:

“To recap in DET: judgment on the field was a TD which stops the clock. After evaluation, Tate was brief which would have kept the clock running … This carries a 10-sec overflow. Had the call on the field been appropriate at first, the clock would have gone out. That’s the spirit of the guideline.”

The safeguarding NFC champion Falcons (3-0) conquered Matt Ryan’s 3 interceptions and numerous other errors, consisting of on Detroit’s last drive.

Falcons cornerback Marcus Trufant was called for pass disturbance in the end zone on a third-and-10 from the Atlanta 19, offering the Lions an initially down at the 1 with 19 seconds left. Trufant was flagged for holding on a second-and-30 from the Falcons 38 earlier in the drive, enabling Detroit to extend the drive.

Detroit (2-1) never ever led in the game, but failed to pull off another return in the fourth quarter.

TAKING A KNEE

Detroiter Rico Lavelle, who sang the anthem, included a brand-new layer to pregame demonstrations around the league. Right before completing the song and belting out “brave,” Lavelle decreased on his ideal knee, bowed his head and raised his right fist twisted around the microphone.

8 Lions and 2 Falcons also took a knee on the sideline as owners for both teams locked arms with gamers and coaches.

INJURIES

Falcons: Atlanta lacked three starters: protective end Vic Beasley (hamstring), protective end Courtney Upshaw (knee/ankle) and Ryan Schraeder (concussion). The Falcons appeared to miss out on Schraeder in specific since his replacement, Ty Sambrailo, gave up 2 sacks in the first half.

Lions: Detroit was likewise missing a trio of first-string players: linebacker Jarrad Davis (concussion), security Tavon Wilson (shoulder) and center Travis Swanson (ankle). Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel left the game with an injured right knee, however had the ability to return.

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