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  • Matthew Stafford's effort comes up frustratingly short against Patriots

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner25 mins ago

    Trailing the Patriots 27-9 in New England and in desperate need of a momentum-shifting play on a fourth-and-10 early in the fourth quarter, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tucked the ball and scrambled down the field.

    With a surefire shot to move the chains in front of him, Stafford opted instead to avoid contact and slide a yard shy of the first down. The Patriots took over on downs and ate another four minutes off the clock, effectively sealing a 34-9 blowout.

    It was an appropriate exclamation point on Stafford’s afternoon. With all those weapons around him in Detroit, the former first-round pick completed just 18-of-46 attempts for 264 yards and zero touchdowns against one interception.

    The Lions drove inside New England’s 40-yard line on six occasions, including one march to the 2 that stalled when Stafford missed tight end Christian Fauria in the end zone. In those six trips, Detroit connected on three field goals, missed another and punted once before Stafford’s scramble punctuated a frustrating afternoon.

    The loss drops the Lions (7-4) a game behind the Green Bay Packers (8-3) in the NFC North with a division game against the Chicago Bears (5-6) just four days away.

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    Sun, Nov 23
    Detroit9 - 34New England
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  • Arthur Blank grabbed front-row seat at Mike Smith's news conference

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner41 mins ago

    NFL owners can do pretty much whatever they want. Transitively, they can go almost anywhere they want. They own the team, right?

    That said, it's unusual to see an NFL team's owner at the postgame news conference of his head coach, and the Atlanta Falcons' Mike Smith can't feel too comfy seeing Arthur Blank pulling up a chair for his chat after the Falcons blew a final-minute lead in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

    Arthur Blank grabbing his front row seat for the Mike Smith post game pic.twitter.com/01hWEi27Kd

    When the Falcons took a 24-23 lead with 44 seconds left, an animated Blank was seen cheering on the sideline. When Brian Hoyer led the Browns down the field 61 yards on seven plays for the game-winning drive, Blank hung his head down as he walked into the tunnel.

    And he apparently made a bee-line to the media conference room, awaiting Smith's explanation of the Falcons' seventh loss in 11 games.

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    Sun, Nov 23
    Cleveland26 - 24Atlanta
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