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

DETROIT (AP) The Atlanta Falcons escaped Detroit, holding on for a win thanks in part to an NFL rule that went in their favor.

Matthew Stafford's pass to Golden Tate was ruled to be just short of the end zone in the final seconds after a review, allowing Atlanta to beat the Lions 30-26 on Sunday.

The call on the field was touchdown when Stafford connected with Tate on a slant from the 1 with 8 seconds left, but it was overturned because the receiver was down before the football reached the goal line. By rule, 10 seconds had to run off the clock and that ended the game because Detroit didn't have any timeouts.

''Had the call on the field been correct initially, the clock would have run out,'' FOX analyst Dean Blandino, an ex-NFL officiating chief, explained in a tweet: ''That's the spirit of the rule.''

Lions coach Jim Caldwell agreed that the call was made correctly and the rule was applied properly. He added, though, that Stafford could have taken another snap if the call on the field was made correctly initially that Tate was down inside the 1.

''Certainly,'' Caldwell said. ''We practice it all the time.''

Cornerback Desmond Trufant, who extended Detroit's last drive with two penalties, was unaware of the rule that proved to be favorable for the Falcons.

''I thought we were going to have to play another down,'' Trufant acknowledged.

The defending NFC champion Falcons (3-0) overcame Matt Ryan's three interceptions and many other mistakes.

Trufant was called for pass interference in the end zone on a third-and-10 from the Atlanta 19, giving the Lions a first 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, allowing Detroit pick up a first down.

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

''I wish I could've gotten us in,'' Stafford said. ''It's kind of what I do, and didn't get it done.''

END OF A STREAK

Ryan hadn't thrown an interception in nine games, including three games during the last postseason, before getting picked off three times at Ford Field. Safety Glover Quin stepped in front of one pass and returned it 37 yards for a score in the second quarter, cutting Atlanta's lead to 17-13. His other two interceptions were deflected, one through Mohamed Sanu's hands. Ryan finished 24 of 35 for 294 yards with a tiebreaking, 40-yard TD pass to Taylor Gabriel early in the fourth on a screen and a 4-yard strike to Sanu early in the game.

RUNNING FREE

Devonta Freeman scored on a 1-yard run to put Atlanta up 17-3 in the second quarter and finished with 106 yards rushing - 35 more than Detroit's entire team had on the ground.

BY THE NUMBERS

Stafford was 25 of 45, missing some targets and having Eric Ebron drop two, for 264 yards and an 11-yard TD pass to Tate in the third quarter that cut Atlanta's lead to 23-20. Ameer Abdullah had 14 carries for 47 yards after running for 86 yards Monday night in a win over the New York Giants. Detroit's Darius Slay picked off two deflected passes, matching his total number of interceptions in each of the previous three seasons.

TAKING A KNEE

Detroiter Rico Lavelle, who sang the anthem, added a new layer to pregame protests around the league. Just before finishing the song and belting out ''brave,'' Lavelle went down on his right knee, bowed his head and raised his right fist wrapped around the microphone. Eight Lions and two Falcons also took a knee on the sideline as owners for both teams locked arms with players and coaches.

INJURIES

Falcons: Atlanta was without three starters: defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring), defensive end Courtney Upshaw (knee/ankle) and Ryan Schraeder (concussion). The Falcons appeared to miss Schraeder in particular because his replacement, Ty Sambrailo, gave up two sacks in the first half.

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

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host Buffalo next Sunday.

Lions: Play at Minnesota next Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Freeman 24 RB
106 RuYds, RuTD, 32 ReYds, 3 RECs
19
FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
264 PaYds, PaTD, 19 RuYds
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 11:48
M.Prater 57 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
8
plays
37
yds
3:02
pos
30
26
Point After TD 14:50
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
30
23
Touchdown 14:50
M.Ryan pass short left to T.Gabriel for 40 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
1:34
pos
29
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:24
M.Prater 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
4
plays
4
yds
1:20
pos
23
23
Point After TD 4:51
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
plays
yds
pos
23
20
Touchdown 4:51
M.Stafford pass short middle to G.Tate for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
75
yds
6:46
pos
23
19
Field Goal 11:37
M.Bryant 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
5
plays
19
yds
1:55
pos
23
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:31
M.Bryant 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
7
plays
45
yds
1:10
pos
20
13
Point After TD 1:41
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
plays
yds
pos
17
13
Touchdown 1:41
M.Ryan pass short middle intended for Ju.Jones INTERCEPTED by G.Quin at ATL 37. G.Quin for 37 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
17
12
Field Goal 1:50
M.Prater 40 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
9
plays
53
yds
3:10
pos
17
6
Point After TD 5:00
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 5:00
D.Freeman up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
64
yds
5:27
pos
16
3
Field Goal 10:27
M.Prater 55 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
6
plays
38
yds
2:24
pos
10
3
Field Goal 12:51
M.Bryant 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
10
plays
53
yds
5:36
pos
10
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:17
M.Bryant extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Harris, Holder-M.Bosher.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:17
M.Ryan pass short left to M.Sanu pushed ob at DET 1 for 3 yards (Q.Diggs). Atlanta challenged the short of the line to gain ruling, and the play was REVERSED. M.Ryan pass short left to M.Sanu for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
75
yds
6:43
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 32:35 27:25
1st Downs 26 21
Rushing 9 3
Passing 15 15
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 4-9 3-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 428 324
Total Plays 65 66
Avg Gain 6.6 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 151 71
Rush Attempts 28 19
Avg Rush Yards 5.4 3.7
Net Yards Passing 277 253
Comp. - Att. 24-35 25-45
Yards Per Pass 7.9 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-17 2-11
Penalties - Yards 8-68 9-98
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 2-45.5 5-47.8
Return Yards 92 110
Punts - Returns 2-38 1-10
Kickoffs - Returns 2-54 1-11
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-89
Kicking 6/6 6/6
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 4/4
Red Zone Eff. 2-4 -50% 1-3 -33%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Falcons 3-0 7133730
Lions 2-1 01310326
277 PASS YDS 253
151 RUSH YDS 71
428 TOTAL YDS 324
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Ryan 2 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 294 2 3 77.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 867 4 3 99.2
M. Ryan 24/35 294 2 3 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Freeman 24 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 106 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 227 4
D. Freeman 21 106 1 18 19
T. Coleman 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 104 0
T. Coleman 6 46 0 14 8
M. Ryan 2 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 18 0
M. Ryan 1 -1 0 -1 17
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jones 11 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 91 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 265 0
J. Jones 12 7 91 0 18 9
T. Gabriel 18 WR
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 79 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 129 1
T. Gabriel 6 5 79 1 40 13
T. Coleman 26 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 43 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 88 1
T. Coleman 5 3 43 0 27 8
D. Freeman 24 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 50 0
D. Freeman 3 3 32 0 18 19
M. Sanu 12 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 28 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 160 1
M. Sanu 6 4 28 1 12 8
A. Roberts 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
A. Roberts 1 1 12 0 12 1
A. Hooper 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 144 1
A. Hooper 2 1 9 0 9 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Poole 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 1.0
B. Poole 7-2 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 45 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-3 0 0.0
D. Jones 6-1 0.0 0 0
R. Alford 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-1 0 0.0
R. Alford 6-0 0.0 0 0
K. Neal 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-4 0 0.0
K. Neal 4-1 0.0 0 0
G. Jarrett 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
G. Jarrett 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. McKinley 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
T. McKinley 2-0 1.0 0 0
A. Clayborn 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
A. Clayborn 2-0 1.0 0 0
D. Campbell 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 1.0
D. Campbell 2-1 0.0 0 0
B. Reed 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
B. Reed 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Trufant 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 1 0.0
D. Trufant 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Allen 37 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
R. Allen 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Neasman 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Neasman 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Shelby 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Shelby 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Coleman 40 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Coleman 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Gabriel 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Gabriel 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Hooper 81 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Hooper 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Vellano 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Vellano 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Crawford 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Crawford 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Bryant 3 K
12
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/8 9/9
M. Bryant 3/3 48 3/3 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bosher 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 45.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 48.2 4
M. Bosher 2 45.5 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 27.0 38 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 19.2 38 0
A. Roberts 2 27.0 38 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Roberts 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 12.4 27 0
A. Roberts 2 19.0 27 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 264 1 0 80.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 678 7 1 100.1
M. Stafford 25/45 264 1 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Abdullah 21 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 163 0
A. Abdullah 14 47 0 11 7
M. Stafford 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 56 0
M. Stafford 2 19 0 11 17
Z. Zenner 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
Z. Zenner 3 5 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Jones 13 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 63 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 95 0
T. Jones 3 3 63 0 29 6
G. Tate 15 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 7 58 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 190 1
G. Tate 11 7 58 1 18 11
A. Abdullah 21 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 50 0
A. Abdullah 3 3 39 0 22 7
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 4 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 82 1
T. Riddick 9 4 38 0 16 3
K. Golladay 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 102 2
K. Golladay 5 2 25 0 13 2
M. Jones 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 88 2
M. Jones 6 3 24 0 12 2
E. Ebron 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 60 1
E. Ebron 7 2 9 0 8 0
D. Fells 87 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 11 0
D. Fells 1 1 8 0 8 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 8-1 0.0 0 0
T. Whitehead 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 1 0.0
T. Whitehead 7-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-4 2 0.0
G. Quin 5-3 0.0 1 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 2 0.0
D. Slay 5-0 0.0 2 0
P. Worrilow 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
P. Worrilow 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
D. Hayden 4-3 0.0 0 0
H. Ngata 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
H. Ngata 3-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bellore 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Bellore 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
A. Robinson 2-1 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
N. Lawson 2-0 0.0 0 0
Ch. Washington 45 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
Ch. Washington 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 2.0
A. Zettel 1-0 1.0 0 0
Co. Washington 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
Co. Washington 1-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ledbetter 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Valoaga 78 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
J. Valoaga 1-0 1.0 0 0
J. Abbrederis 10 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Abbrederis 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
14
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/6 7/7
M. Prater 4/4 57 2/2 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Locke 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 47.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
10 44.8 4
J. Locke 5 47.8 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 14.7 18 0
J. Agnew 1 11.0 11 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Tate 15 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
G. Tate 1 10.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ATL 25 6:43 12 75 TD
3:27 ATL 29 5:36 10 53 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:27 ATL 36 5:27 9 64 TD
1:50 ATL 25 0:09 1 0 INT
1:41 ATL 25 1:10 7 45 FG
0:07 ATL 27 0:07 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 DET 41 1:55 5 19 FG
4:51 ATL 13 2:07 4 13 INT
1:24 ATL 25 1:34 4 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:48 ATL 25 3:45 7 56 INT
6:48 ATL 8 3:33 5 23 Punt
2:52 ATL 37 0:29 3 9 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:17 DET 11 4:50 8 22 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:51 DET 25 2:24 6 38 FG
5:00 DET 25 3:10 9 53 FG
0:31 DET 25 0:24 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 1:28 3 -9 Punt
11:37 DET 25 6:46 12 75 TD
2:44 ATL 21 1:20 4 4 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 DET 25 3:02 8 37 FG
8:03 DET 45 1:15 3 4 Punt
3:15 DET 31 0:23 3 0 Punt
2:23 DET 11 2:23 11 88 Game