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Todd Gurley scores a TD when Falcons told him not to, costs them late

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II  runs against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A day after Penn State and Indiana had a wild finish due to an unnecessary touchdown, the Atlanta Falcons might manage to win in spite of a similar score. Todd Gurley tried to avoid scoring a touchdown to run off the clock, but couldn’t hold himself. Gurley tried to go down after breaking a tackle only to just break the plane.

Atlanta converted the two-point conversion to take a 22-16 lead. However, the Lions had 1:04 left, and they took full advantage of it. Detroit marched down and scored a touchdown as time expired. They converted the field goal and won 23-20.

On Saturday, Penn State led Indiana 21-20 with 1:42 remaining, and Indiana decided to let Penn State score. But since the Hoosiers were out of timeouts, all running back Devyn Ford had to do was kneel down between the first down marker at the three-yard line and the goal line. And that’s it. The game is over and Happy Valley is happy. Instead, he scored, the Nittany Lions kicked the extra point, and it was 28-20 with just over 100 seconds to play. Indiana marched down the field and tied it, then won in overtime.

Somehow, it happened again! If you had the Lions +2 (I did) that game-changer was something to behold. If you had the Falcons -2 or moneyline, it was the brutalest of beats.