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Falcons’ Todd Gurley, like Penn State, realizes too late he wasn’t supposed to score vs Lions

Todd Gurley, Penn State, Falcons, Lions

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley scored an unwanted touchdown Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions, when the veteran back — recalling Penn State versus Indiana — failed to stop at the one-yard line in an attempt to run down down the game clock.

Another mental miscue for an Atlanta team that has come to be defined by them, the score did give the Falcons a lead late in the fourth-quarter, however allowed the Detroit Lions to receive the ball with over a minute remaining in regulation, with all three of their timeouts intact.

The play by the Falcons immediately drew comparisons to the Penn State football game that occurred only yesterday, in which running back Devyn Ford scored a touchdown rather than stopping short of the goal-line and running out the clock. Though the Nittany Lions extended their lead, the touchdown allowed Indiana to get the ball back and tie the game at the end of regulation, ultimately winning a shootout in overtime.

Similarly, to the unexpected collapse of Penn State, the Falcons allowed the Lions to score a game tying touchdown and lose on a conversion after the touchdown.

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