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Atlanta Falcons lose by accidentally scoring a touchdown

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The 2020 NFL season hasn’t been kind to the Atlanta Falcons.

Actually, the football gods haven’t been on the Falcons side dating all the way back to when James White caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, leading to the biggest (in magnitude, not total points — that honor belongs to Houston Oilers, who allowed the Buffalo Bills to come back from a 32-point deficit to beat them) collapse in NFL history.

Just say ’28-3′ to any NFL fan, and they’ll instantly know you are talking about Atlanta’s infamous Super Bowl collapse.

That was on February 5, 2017.

As I mentioned above, 2020 has been more of the same for the Falcons.

Here’s a quick rundown on Atlanta’s season thus far:

  • Week 1: Blow out loss to the Seattle Seahawks (a garbage time touchdown made the score look better than it actually was)
  • Week 2: Managed to squander a 29-10 halftime lead, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 40-39.
  • Week 3: Choked away a 26-10 fourth quarter lead to the Chicago Bears, losing 30-26.
  • Week 4: Blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers.
  • Week 5: 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, a NFC West rival. Team owner Arthur Blank fires head coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff almost immediately following the game.
  • Week 6: Blowout 40-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Week 7: 23-22 loss to the Detroit Lions in another fourth quarter collapse.

Through seven weeks, the Falcons are 1-6 and very much alive in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes.

To add insult to injury, Atlanta literally managed to lose their Week 7 game to the Lions by accidentally scoring a touchdown.

Yes, you read that right.

Here’s a clip of the touchdown, a 10-yard run by running back Todd Gurley II:

As you can see, the Lions, who had zero timeouts remaining, aren’t putting much effort into tackling Gurley (they clearly wanted him to score a touchdown). Likewise, Gurley obviously wanted to stay out of the end zone, but his momentum, and perhaps the aforementioned football gods, carried him across the goal line.


The Falcons would convert their two-point conversion attempt, giving them a 22-16 lead with 1:04 left to play.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford would go on to lead the Lions on a 75-yard game-winning drive that was capped off by a 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson.

Had Gurley successfully stayed out of the end zone (like he did for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018, securing a win over the Green Bay Packers), the Falcons would have been able to run out the clock and set themselves up for a chip-shot, game-winning field goal attempt.

Instead, the Falcons lost a game in a way that seemingly only the Falcons can lose a game — by scoring a touchdown.

On the betting front, the Falcons’ latest collapse cost a lot of bettors, as the overwhelming majority of the game’s handle was on Atlanta to cover -2, according to BetMGM.

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