In theory, the Lions could have lined up for a fourth down play as time expired, but the initial call of a touchdown is actually what disallowed that possibility. Exception to the rules people. The Detroit Lions should of been able to line up with 8 seconds on the clock to perform a QB sneak on 4th down!!!  The top (review official) should have been able to make the judgment call on such a play that in fact screws a team of victory.

The rule exists because the rules committee doesn't think that reviews should act as an extended timeout for a team.  Again, the top official should of announced that the replay was inconclusive to not overturn what the officials had called a TD that screwed the Lions of a victory.

Matthew Stafford led the Lions to eight fourth-quarter comebacks in 2016, the best in the league. However, it wasn't meant to be on Sunday.  Officials have complete control of all football games by flipping the yellow flag at the most critical times and in truth determine the winner & loser of each matchup.  Let the players play the game!!!

The Lions are the absolute kings of finding unique ways to lose games with rules that aren't actually their fault. From the infamous "Calvin Johnson Rule" to the pass interference that wasn't meant to be against the Cowboys in the playoffs to the play against the Texans on Thanksgiving that wasn't reviewable because Jim Schwartz tried to challenge it, it just wouldn't be a Lions season without losing at least one game in inexplicable fashion.  I have witnessed it all and each time my heart dips a little lower in despite.

The Falcons will take their 3-0 record back home to play Buffalo. The Lions are now 2-1 and will try to bounce back next week against the Vikings in their first divisional matchup. The only question is what strange, obscure rule will cost the Lions a game next time around.

Thecliff Chamber, 9-25-17