Falcons 23, Lions 16
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Lions fall to the Atlanta Falcons 23 -16 on Sunday afternoon.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – Lions fall to 5-2 with their second straight loss at home. Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for one touch down and had passed for 183 yards before leaving the game with a possible injury.
Speaking postgame Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of Stafford’s condition: “We’ll look at his ankle and knee … we’ll see where he is at and if he’s ready to go — he goes, if not Shaun Hill goes.”
Schwartz went on to say that although the team played well in some areas there were too many gaps in play against a tough Falcons team.
Jason Hanson put up three field goals in the Lions effort accounting for nine of Detroit’s 16 points.
On Detroit’s final drive, a pass-interference penalty against Atlanta was overturned because instant replay showed defensive tackle Corey Peters had tipped the ball. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to injure his right ankle on the play.
He then throw incomplete on fourth down from the Atlanta 41 and limped off the field.
The Falcons (4-3) ran out the clock with a first down to win consecutive games for the first time this year.
Matt Ryan ran and threw for touchdowns to give Atlanta a double-digit lead in the first half.
Calvin Johnson caught his 10th touchdown pass late in the third quarter to pull Detroit within four points.
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