Todd Gurley reacts to late-game TD gaffe that cost Falcons vs. Lions
Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley was frustrated with himself after a late-game blunder that cost his team a win against the Detroit Lions. Gurley tried to stop but just couldn’t pump the brakes short of the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown run.
Had he not scored, the Falcons could have simply milked the clock and won the game with an easy field goal. Instead, Gurley fell into the end zone, which gave the Lions time to go down the field for a game-winning touchdown drive.
The Falcons running back spoke about the incident afterward, as per ESPN:
“I was trying not to. My momentum took me in,” Gurley said. “It’s kind of crazy, the last time I played Detroit, I went down. This time I end up scoring. It’s like what goes around, comes around.
“It’s one of them unfortunate situations. I’ve been, I mean, plenty of those situations my rookie year, six or seven, and I’ve always got down. It was an unfortunate one right there.”
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford capitalized on the opportunity and found tight end T.J. Hockenson on an 11-yard touchdown as time expired, and then Matt Prater put the finishing touches on the game with a 48-yard extra point after a penalty. The end result was a stunning 23-22 Falcons defeat, only it wasn’t that stunning for Falcons fans who have become accustomed to losing in truly astonishing ways.
Detroit improved to 3-3 on the season, while Atlanta dropped to a 1-6 record to place dead last in the NFC South. The Falcons will have a short break to move on from the disappointing loss before they return to action in an upcoming Thursday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
With the Falcons flailing, it will be interesting to see what they do ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.