Todd Gurley was “mad as hell.” He knew he ought to have gotten down. He ought to have stopped. He needed to. He deliberate to. However he simply could not cease in need of the objective line on a 10-yard run in opposition to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
If he did not rating, the Atlanta Falcons may have run out the clock and kicked a brief discipline objective to beat the Detroit Lions. As a substitute, he barely fell into the tip zone. It gave Detroit an opportunity, and the Lions ended up beating the Falcons 23-22 on the ultimate play of the sport.
Afterward, Gurley mentioned he was doing all the things he may to not get in.
“I used to be making an attempt to not. My momentum took me in,” Gurley mentioned. “It is form of loopy, the final time I performed Detroit, I went down. This time I find yourself scoring. It is like what goes round, comes round.
“It is certainly one of them unlucky conditions. I have been, I imply, loads of these conditions my rookie yr, six or seven, and I’ve all the time acquired down. It was an unlucky one proper there.”
Gurley mentioned he takes duty for what occurred and will have fallen right down to hold the ball out of Matthew Stafford‘s arms. Gurley mentioned it got here up within the huddle a few performs earlier than his 10-yard landing and he additionally knew from his personal prior expertise. He mentioned they by no means mentioned taking a knee and that he tried to go down however did not.
“It was talked about proper at that second,” Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris mentioned. “We knew that was form of going to be their ultimate alternative for us to get in the long run zone so they may have an opportunity to go down there and rating.
“So we needed to take the knee on the 1, and he clearly tried and he fell into the tip zone on the final second there, getting tripped up a little bit bit.”
It appeared shut, and Detroit linebacker Jamie Collins signaled landing to clarify Gurley acquired in whereas linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin pointed towards the tip zone. Lions coach Matt Patricia mentioned his crew had “nice situational defensive consciousness proper there.” The Lions largely let Gurley break by way of the road to attain, though security Will Harris did attempt to wrap him up on the 3-yard line.
Gurley broke that sort out, tried to fall quick and nearly did, though the ball broke the airplane, giving Atlanta the landing to take the lead it might finally relinquish.
“I ought to have went down,” Gurley mentioned. “… I should not have scored. God dammit.”
Patricia mentioned the outcome was “precisely the way you need it, so it was a fantastic job by them,” that means his gamers. A few of the different gamers on the Lions, although, had been involved they weren’t going to get yet another shot to win as soon as Atlanta reached discipline objective vary on the Falcons’ last drive.
“I had my helmet on, considering the sport was in all probability going to be over,” Stafford mentioned. “They let him rating, gave us an opportunity and that is all we wanted. Happy with these guys for making that play.”
Stafford then acquired the ball again, drove 75 yards in 64 seconds, capped with an 11-yard landing move to T.J. Hockenson to tie the sport with no time left. Then, after a Danny Amendola penalty pushed the additional level again 15 yards, Matt Prater made the kick to present Detroit the 23-22 win.
Gurley’s play comes in the future after almost the exact same thing happened within the Penn State–Indiana recreation. Not like within the Lions-Falcons recreation, Penn State had the lead, however operating again Devyn Ford fell into the tip zone as an alternative of on the 1-yard line to increase the result in 28-20 and go away time on the clock. Indiana then tied the sport with a 75-yard landing drive and 2-point conversion, and gained in extra time.
In Sunday’s state of affairs, if Gurley had fallen, the Falcons may have run down the clock on the 1-yard line to present Younghoe Koo an opportunity at a successful discipline objective on the buzzer. As a substitute, the Falcons scored and transformed a 2-point conversion to take a 22-16 lead with 1:04 left.
“We had been making an attempt to get to the 1,” Morris mentioned. “We had been making an attempt to get right down to the 1 and cease, get down proper there.”
The Falcons have now misplaced fourth-quarter leads in three of their six losses this yr.