VIDEO: Matthew Stafford hits T.J. Hockenson for TD on last play to beat Falcons after Todd Gurley gaffe
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford delivered a game-winning touchdown pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson, beating the Atlanta Falcons after getting the ball back late, following Todd Gurley’s inadvertent touchdown score.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2020
Leaking out of the pocket to escape the pressure being applied by Atlanta’s defensive line, Stafford’s touchdown pass was his first of the day as it got a surprisingly resilient Lions team back to .500 on the season at 3-3.
The story of the game however, will undoubtedly be the mishap by the Falcons on the possession before, in which the hapless Atlanta squad known for blowing leads, somehow found a way to turn a touchdown score into a net negative. Attempting to stop at the one-yard line, rather than entering the end zone, running back Todd Gurley was unable to stop his momentum and initiated a change of possession before the Falcons could run out the clock and force Detroit to use its timeouts.
Instead, the Lions and Stafford got the ball back with over a minute remaining in regulation, with all three timeouts, and promptly scored in only eight plays. For a franchise accustom to squandering late leads, Sunday’s loss was an inventive way to do it.
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