The Lions were screwed Sunday, plain and simple



New York Daily News

Every so often it seems like the Lions are primed for a set of circumstances that end up costing them the game in the end.

Sunday’s 30-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was certainly one of those circumstances.

At this time I don’t need to get into the play itself too much. By now everyone knows what happened and if you’re a Lions fan you’ve either accepted it or continue to fume and think to yourself what next?

Complete the process? Check. A penalty when a coach doesn’t have a challenge to use? Check. Picking up a flag on a blatant pass interference call? Check. Not penalizing the other team for deliberately kicking the ball out of the back of the end zone? Check.

Anyways, If you haven’t seen the play itself, here it is.

First I’m not going to argue the 10-second run-off rule as it was used here. By the book the right call was made and the game should have been over. I also get why the rule is in place under most circumstances. You don’t what to essentially give a team an extra time out when they’re driving, especially if they don’t have a time out to their credit. However this was different in the sense that the Lions were punished basically twice over because the refs A. didn’t make the right call and B. there was no time left on the clock. In this circumstance in and of itself, when you’re inside the 10 at the end of the game the NFL probably should re-investigate this rule and determine if this is how they want to end games. Again in this circumstance.

But I digress…

The biggest problem for myself when it comes to the entirely of this final sequence was the officials actually coming to terms with supposed evidence that the original touchdown call was wrong. Sure it was a bang-bang play that certainly deserved a close second look, but I’m sorry I’m just not seeing the evidence that proves without a reasonable doubt that the original touchdown call should have been overturned.

Take a look at these two pictures.

Both of the above photos pretty much show a sequence that probably took at most a second to occur. The first you can clearly see Golden Tate was not down given the shadow that appears below his body on the turf. Furthermore, without seeing the second photo and given his proximity to the end zone you can make a pretty safe assumption that once he does touch the ground the football would have already broken the plane.

But we don’t need to assume because again as you can see second picture, Tate is down with the ball clearly breaking the plane.

Then there’s the questions as far as being down by contact and whether or not he had possession prior to breaking the plane with the football. Both of those particular circumstances however still should have helped the Lions’ case especially in this instance since those particular questions reside with Tate not completely having control of the football until he was clearly in the end zone. And if that’s the case, being down by contact wouldn’t come into play since you can’t be down by contact until you have full possession of the football.

Confusing I know but occurrences such as these seem to happen every so often with Detroit. And no I’m not claiming some absurd conspiracy theory that it’s Detroit vs. Everybody which I personally believe is a shitty marketing campaign. It’s just irony defined in it’s best terms.

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