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Detroit Free Press

Todd Gurley was not happy.

Actually, he was a lot more than not happy.

“I was mad as hell,” the Atlanta Falcons running back said of mistakenly scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:04 left in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

A running back angry about scoring?

Strange but true.

Yet there it was. Gurley tried to stop short of the goal line but he failed. Lions linebacker Jamie Collins added to the peculiarity of the moment when he stood over Gurley and made a touchdown signal as the Falcons took a 22-16 lead after a 2-point conversion.

What?

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Lions linebacker Jamie Collins signals "touchdown" as Falcons running back Todd Gurley tries to stop short of the end zone to control the final minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter of the Lions' 23-22 win on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta.

Lions linebacker Jamie Collins signals “touchdown” as Falcons running back Todd Gurley tries to stop short of the end zone to control the final minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 23-22 win on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo: Curtis Compton, AP)

It was all because the Falcons knew the score meant they had given the ball back to the Lions with plenty of time left.

“I was trying not to,” Gurley said. “My momentum took me in. It’s kind of crazy. The last time I played Detroit, I went down. This time, I end up scoring. It’s like, ‘what goes around comes around.’

“It’s just one of those unfortunate situations. I’ve been in plenty of those situations since my rookie year — about six or seven. I’ve always gotten down. It’s an unfortunate one right there.”

After the Falcons scored, the Lions marched 75 yards and scored to beat the Falcons, 23-22, as time expired. It was Matthew Stafford’s 30th career fourth-quarter comeback and his 36th career winning drive.

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“I mean, that’s the point of going down,” Gurley said. “Just not putting the ball in the hands of — especially someone like Matthew Stafford. He’s known for comebacks. Once again, he showed why he’s an elite quarterback in this league.

“It didn’t matter. For me it’s like, yeah, the defense has to stop them but it’s my job of just going down. Not putting the matter in anyone else’s hands. It’s just taking responsibility.”

What was perhaps even stranger than Gurley’s accidental touchdown was the fact the Falcons even ran a play at all.

The Falcons had first-and-goal at the Detroit 10-yard line with 1:12 left and the Lions out of time-outs. The Falcons were down, 16-14, and only needed to take a knee twice and kick a short field goal as time expired for a 17-14 win.

Instead, the Falcons handed off the ball to Gurley, who ran up the middle. Linebacker Jarrad Davis and safety Will Harris made only half-hearted attempts to stop him.

“I had my helmet