In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Lions-49ers game, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford took a hit from San Francisco linebacker Elijah Lee. Stafford appeared to be on his way out of bounds, so the hit may have been unnecessary, and especially in the eyes of LeGarrette Blount.

Blount came off the Detroit sideline and shoved Lee to the ground, and was ejected from the game.

Alright, so Blount probably shouldn’t do that, and especially in front of multiple referees. But he’s also protecting his quarterback, and an ejection for this seems to be a bit much.

It likely didn’t change the game result. The Lions still scored 14 points in the quarter, in a 30-27 loss (which makes them 0-2 on the year). While their offense has more options with their big power back, they’re unlikely scoring more than 14 points in those final 10 minutes.

And Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly appreciated it, at least.

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