Falcons coach Raheem Morris may be blaming himself for Todd Gurley’s mental error scoring a touchdown when he should have come down to the one-yard line in Sunday’s loss to the Lions, but Gurley knew what he was supposed to do.
That’s because Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told him in the clique, right before the game. Images from NFL Films shows Ryan reminding Gurley that the Falcons didn’t want to score because then they would have to kick off the Lions and give Detroit a chance to come back and win.
“Don’t score. Don’t score. Get the first one, get off, ”Ryan said.
Gurley said, “Yeah,” and seemed to understand that the goal was to throw the ball to the yard line, stop, and then let time pass until the last seconds, when the Falcons would call a timeout for a winning game. smart shooting basket.
But in the heat of the moment, Gurley made a mistake. He realized it just as he reached the end zone and tried to stop, but his momentum carried him into the end zone and the Lions celebrated the Falcons’ touchdown. The scoring and two-point conversion gave the Falcons a six-point lead, but they also allowed enough time on the clock that after the Falcons kicked off, the Lions marched down the field and scored. the winning touchdown and the extra point.