Detroit Lions fall short against Falcons after late interception

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The Detroit Lions fell to 2-12-1 on the season after coming up short in their 2-minute drill against the Atlanta Falcons. After a late interception sealed things, the Falcons would secure a 20-16 victory to defeat the Lions.

After Jared Goff was unable to clear COVID-19 protocols in time for Sunday’s matchup, the Detroit Lions had to hand the offense over to Tim Boyle. The inexperienced did show throughout the game, but on the final drive of the game, his interception right into the hands of the Falcons linebacker ended any shot at a comeback.

The costly interception resulted from Boyle telegraphing his pass by staring down wide receiver Kalif Raymond the entire way. While this interception sealed things, it was a whole game where the Lions had to hang in there and after a late fumble recovery, they just did not get it done.

It was not the worst game in the world. The Lions had to make due with Boyle instead of Goff, which did not turn out all that bad. He did have some great throws and made some plays to help the Lions’ offense stay moving. All-in-all, the Lions played hard until the end of the game, competing for Dan Campbell once again.

The Detroit Lions fell short in Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Lions were routinely going for it on fourth down and were able to get it going. Even busting out the trick plays again, with Jack Fox showing his best quarterback impression after a 21-yard completion, would get the Lions a first down.

It was not shocking for the Lions, who established the rushing game once again. Jamaal Williams returned to the field and would have 19 carries for 77 yards, and Craig Reynolds continued to find his way into the Lions backfield with 11 carries for 29 yards being an excellent backup to Williams.

Amon-Ra St. Brown had a great game and continued to shine this season. He finished the day with nine receptions for 91 yards, including a touchdown grab, and also had two rushes for 19 yards on the day.

The Lions’ defense continued to find ways to pressure the opposition with three sacks on the day. Defensive Coordinator Aaron Glenn continued to do good work with a limited group and keep them from getting blown out.

It was another tough loss for the Lions, who have had a pretty rough season by the looks of it and have also seen many positives come from it. Campbell continues to make it seem like this group is moving in the right direction.

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The Lions will take on the Seattle Seahawks as they close out the final two games of their season.