Week 7 Falcons 28 Lions 23 (sub)

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  1. biggcoug65

    biggcoug65 49er for Life

    Aug 30, 2011
    The Falcons came into Detroit looking to get back over .500 as the Lions were looking to remain atop the NFC North with a 5-1 record.

    On the 3rd drive of the game, Matt Stafford threw a pick to Brent Grimes, and Grimes returned it down deep into Lions territory to set up a short drive for the Falcons where Matt Ryan hit rookie Julio Jones on a slant for a 5 yard TD pass to get the Falcons on the board first and take a 7-0 lead. But 2 plays later, Stafford handed to Jahvid Best who sprinted outside and ran all the way up the sideline for a 71 yard TD run to tie the game at 7 apiece.

    After a Falcons punt, the Lions drove down the field and stalled in the Redzone where Washington State Alum Jason Hansen kicked a 37 yard FG to put the Lions ahead 10-7. 2 plays later, Michael Turner coughed it up and the Lions recovered deep in Falcons territory, and it only took them 4 plays to score, with Best running it in from 1 yard out for his 2nd TD of the game and the Lions led 17-7 with only 1:19 left in the half.

    Matt Ryan would then lead the Falcons on a 1-minute offense, throwing the ball successfully, and finally hitting Harry Douglas on a 6 yard TD pass with :09 seconds left to bring the score at the half to Lions 17 Falcons 14.

    The 3rd quarter would slow things back down, and after a series of punts, Jason Snelling found the endzone on a 1 yard dive to give the Falcons the lead again at 21-17. The next Lions possession would stall, forcing a punt, and the Falcons took their time going downfield, finishing with a Turner 1 yard TD score to put the Falcons up 28-17 with only 3:37 left in the contest.

    That did not deter Stafford, however, as he led the Lions down field, converting on 3rd and 4th downs, before giving it to Best on a 1 yard run for the TD, to bring it to 28-23. The Lions tried for two to bring the game within a FG's reach, but the pass was thrown wide of the intended target hitting the turf, leaving the score at 28-23.

    The Lions then attempted an onside kick, but that was recovered by rookie Julio Jones. Atlanta ran 3 run plays, which left them just inches short of a 1st down. So the question was, do they go for it, or do they kick it??? Well, an odd decision by Coach Evans to kick a 55 yard FG to try to put the Falcons ahead 8 fell just short. When asked about his decision, Coach Evans had this to say: "Bryant looked good in warmups, he was hitting them from 60 so I figured, go for the FG and force a TD and 2-point conversion to tie."

    So the Lions had the ball at their own 45 yard line, 0 timeouts, and just over 1:40 left to play. After getting a first down, the Falcons decided to dial up the pressure, sacking Stafford on a blitz, then hurrying the rest of his throws. On 4th and 17, Stafford was hit and his pass fell incomplete, leaving the Falcons the ball and only 2 kneeldowns for the win.

    Coach Evans had this to say regarding his team's effort today: "They played great today, really showed a lot of character. After a tough loss at home, losing our defensive leader in Curtis Lofton, to bounce back like this over a quality opponent, on the road, is just tremendous!"


    M. Ryan (ATL) - 18/26 for 293 yards and 2 TD's
    M. Stafford (DET) - 11/30 for 176 yards 0 TD's 1 INT

    M. Turner (ATL) - 22 for 46 1 TD 1 Fumble
    J. Best (DET) - 20 for 166 and 3 TD's

    R. White (ATL) - 7 catches for 126 yards 0 TD's
    J. Jones (ATL) - 4 for 46 yards 1 TD
    T. Gonzales (ATL) - 3 for 87 yards
    M. Stovall (DET) - 6 for 91 yards
    C. Johnson Jr. (DET) - 1 for 11 yards

    S. Weatherspon (ATL) - 7 tackles 1 sack
    L. Sheppard (ATL) - 5 tackles 1 sack
    J. Babineaux (ATL) - 5 tackles 2 sacks
    B. Grimes (ATL) - 1 INT
    S. Tulloch (DET) - 10 tackles 1 sack
    E. Coleman (DET) - 8 tackles

    Players of the game:
    Atlanta - Matt Ryan
    Detroit - Jahvid Best

    Great game HAL9100, thanks for filling in!

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