Atlanta Falcons 30-26 Detroit Lions: Falcons survive in controversial fashion

Posted September 29, 2017

They also took away the big plays, not allowing a reception longer than 29 yards.

We were all slapped back into reality on Sunday afternoon after the Detroit Lions' sadistically sad loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

For the most part, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and his players have been doing their best to say "the right things" and to look forward to their next game, rather than looking back at something they can not control.

But as FOX rules analyst Dean Blandino pointed out, if there was no 10-second runoff, the Lions would have had an effective free timeout and another down just a couple of inches from paydirt. "And Detroit is a victim of the rule". With twelve seconds left the Lions threw a slant route that was called a touchdown and would have won the game for the Lions with only 8 ticks left on the clock.

"The whole scenario is your worst nightmare as a replay official, quite frankly", Pereira told The AP.

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Finally, this past Sunday, the Lions and the Falcons faced off.

Caldwell, though, refused to blame the on-field officials, the replay system or league rules that worked against his team.

And if you think that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is just going to say nothing about it to Stafford for time immemorial - well, Stafford doesn't buy that.

"Yeah, you can kind of look at it that way if you want, but they ruled it correctly", said Caldwell.

Quinn said he had no idea that Jarrett and Poe were going to do that.

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After a questionable Week 1 win over the Chicago Bears, the Falcons beaten the Packers and Lions in consecutive weeks, proving they are still the class of the NFC. Still, he got the win.

"We've played very well as a unit", Washington said. "We understand that part of it". Quin has also seen countless other games while scouting opponents, but the latest game he participate in ... "If we stop that then you saw last week was a result, the week before was a result of what we can do once we make a team one dimensional". What really pissed off the Lions and their fans was the fact that the Lions didn't get one last chance to score, even though there were eight seconds left on the clock when Tate went down. It's completely unfair to penalize the Lions 10 seconds because the referees missed the call. The enforcement of the 10-second runoff was the right call to make.

Akeem Spence is in his first season in Detroit after playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four years.

Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah, Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington have all played well against the run so far, and rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis has 15 tackles and a fumble recovery, though his status for the weekend is uncertain because of a concussion.

"I had a feeling his knee was down", Poole said.

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