Falcons Beat Lions After Golden Tate TD Overturned, 10-Second Runoff

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2017

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions catches the ball as Brian Poole #34 of the Atlanta Falcons touches him and his knee hits the ground during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The play war originally ruled a touchdown but was overturned after the officials viewed the play and the game was over giving the Atlanta Falcons a 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons won by the slimmest of margins Sunday in their 30-26 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate appeared to give the Lions a 32-30 lead in the final seconds with a one-yard touchdown reception. Upon further review, however, the referee ruled Tate down at the 1-yard line and ran 10 seconds off the clock after overturning the initial ruling.

As a result of the runoff, the game ended.

Fox Sports officiating analyst Dean Blandino, who had served as the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, explained the controversial decision:

The Lions' official Twitter account offered its thoughts:

Brad Galli of WXYZ in Detroit noted the Lions have been in this position before, alluding to Calvin Johnson's game-winning touchdown catch that was wiped off the board in a September 2010 game against the Chicago Bears:

The final ruling bailed out Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in what was an uncharacteristically poor showing. Ryan was 24-of-35 for 294 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. It's the first time he has thrown three or more interceptions in a game since a 24-21 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 22, 2015.

Devonta Freeman had a nice game on the ground for Atlanta, running for 106 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

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