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Sep 26th 2017, 11:45 pm
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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he had no regrets about his team’s final series of play calls in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and after watching the all 22 film of the three goal line plays, it’s clear why.<br />
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The Lions had three good chances to score on the goal line, and if not for some poor execution, might have defeated the defending NFC champions at Ford Field.<br />
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First, let’s deal with the question of whether the Lions should have run the ball on the goal line.<br />
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The Lions, after a few questionable penalty calls both ways — more on that later — had first and goal at the 1 yard line with 19 seconds on the clock. That absolutely is enough time to run the ball on first down and get at least one and probably two more shots at the end zone, but given the Lions’ troubles https://www.falconsatljersey.com/tevin-coleman-jersey-c-25.html in the run game, their personnel on the offensive line starting center Travis Swanson was out and the fact they had no timeouts remaining, their best chance to score was putting the ball in the air.<br />
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A run on first down would have necessitated different personnel on the field – the Lions used Theo Riddick as their running back on all three downs because of his shiftiness in the passing game, but in goal line situations they’d much prefer to hand the ball to Ameer Abdullah or Zach Zenner — and that means the Lions would have needed to spike the ball and give up a down or either play with suboptimal personnel or waste valuable seconds shuttling new players on the field had they not converted the run.<br />
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“The only thing you would do in terms of running on first down, if you wanted to run some more clock and that would be the only thing in that situation https://www.falconsatljersey.com/jermaine-grace-jersey-c-55.html,” Caldwell explained after the game. “I think you either got to get out of bounds or you got to give yourself a chance where you’re not rushed to get several shots in the end zone.”<br />
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Had the Lions had first and goal at the 2 https://www.falconsatljersey.com/jterius-jones-jersey-c-54.html, like they nearly did with 1 02 to play, it’s very likely they would have tried to punch the ball in on the ground.<br />
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Should the Lions have had 1 second for a final play?<br />
Matthew Stafford scrambled out of pressure and hit Marvin Jones with a long pass, but the play was called back by a holding penalty from Zac Kerin.<br />
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On film, it’s hard to get a good look at the penalty. Kerin, who made his Lions debut Sunday Tevin Coleman Jersey, clearly had his hands on Grady Jarrett’s back after Jarrett beat him with an outside move, but Jarrett’s momentum appeared to help take him to the ground. Umpire Jeff Rice, the closest official to Kerin, did not throw a flag on the play, while referee Walt Coleman did.<br />
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Before you complain too much about the holding penalty, realize the Lions also benefited from a questionable penalty. Three snaps later https://www.falconsatljersey.com/laroy-reynolds-jersey-c-53.html, Stafford threw an interception on second and 30 that was wiped out by a sketchy defensive holding call on Desmond Trufant that had no impact on the play.

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