The Falcons once again managed to lose a game they absolutely should have won today, this time against the Detroit Lions.

Down 16-14 with about a minute remaining, Atlanta faced first and goal. The Lions, without timeouts, took a page out of the Indiana Hoosiers playbook and decided to let the Falcons score, if they wanted to; after all, even for the Falcons, a field goal from inside the ten-yard-line is as close to automatic as there is.

Instead of kneeling from the original spot, though, the Falcons handed the ball to Todd Gurley, and the Lions (mostly) parted the seas. A few defenders made cursory efforts to bring Gurley down, but that may have been more to bait Gurley into continuing to the end zone, which he didn’t quite do, as he attempted to fall short.

Unfortunately, the ball broke the plane of the goal line:

That score gave the Lions the ball back with a chance to take the lead, and at that point, given that it’s the Falcons, it felt like a foregone conclusion. And, indeed, that’s what happened:

Ironically, a penalty pushed the PAT back, meaning the Falcons still had a shot; Matt Prater, though, converted it anyway for the victory. Just a brutal way to lose for the Falcons, whose brand continues on even after the dismissal of Dan Quinn and Thomas Dmitroff.

Sorry, Atlanta fans. Truly.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.