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Lions Actually Got Screwed By Refs Before Game-Winning Play

David Kaestle
Matthew Stafford throws the game-winning pass against the Atlanta Falcons.
Matthew Stafford throws the game-winning pass against the Atlanta Falcons. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Detroit Lions pulled off a remarkable last-second win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7. However, right before their game-winning play, they were dealt an unfair hand, and no one really knows how or why it was able to happen.

With a huge play needed to get in range of the end zone, Matthew Stafford completed a long pass to Kenny Golladay to the 8-yard line. The refs then decided to take a second look at the play for an official review since it was not clear Golladay caught the ball.

After the review, the catch was upheld, but for some reason, the ball was placed on the 11-yard line, a good three yards further back than where Golladay caught the ball during the play in question.

It ended up being no harm no foul because the Lions would go on to tie the game on a touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson on the next play, and win it on the subsequent extra point attempt.

But it is still unclear as to why the line of scrimmage was moved back after the review, and it things had turned out differently definitely could have been a play that screwed the Lions big time in retrospect.


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