Caldwell also declined to say why the Lions chose to run a play theoretically designed to have the first read be short of the end zone. Tate, the receiver on the play, appeared to be impeded on what seemed to be a timing route. Caldwell declined to say whether Tate was supposed to be in the end zone if the play had been completely clean.
Yeah, you know, there’s a number of different things, reasons, why you could look back and say why and why you did not, Caldwell said. I think that’s what makes our sport interesting. What we did is what we did. It didn’t work, and that’s it.
The officials initially ruled the play a Tate touchdown; upon review, it was overturned when Tate’s left knee was shown to have hit the ground and Atlanta defensive back Brian Poole had been shown to touch him, marking him down. The overturned play, combined with the Lions having no timeouts, resulted in the 10-second runoff, ending the game and giving Atlanta a 30-26 win.
Not this Sunday. This show of solidarity was a blowout victory for Kaepernick, absent in body but so present in spirit. Trump’s attack was countered by criticism from an unlikely group, NFL owners (They’re friends of mine, the president said), including one of the seven who contributed $1 million to his inauguration committee (and the only one to gift him a Super Bowl ring), New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. At a political rally Friday night in Hunstville, Alabama, Trump didn’t just call your average peaceful protestor a son of a bitch who deserved to be terminated; he claimed highly compensated NFL players had forfeited the right to disrespect the flag.