Hail Mary, questionable reffing and ‘miscommunication’ mark Lions’ loss to Tennessee

Maggie Hendricks
Shutdown Corner

Even on a bizarre day where the replacement referees gave out extra challenges and three early games ended in overtime, the Detroit Lions' loss to the Tennessee Titans stands out.

After being down 20-9 at halftime and with Shaun Hill at quarterback because of an injury to Matthew Stafford, the Lions scored with 18 seconds left. Down just a touchdown, they recovered the onside kick and the replacement refs didn't review a possible turnover. In the last play of regulation, Hill threw a Hail Mary. Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers attempted to slap the ball down, but instead hit it into the hands of Lions receiver Titus Young for a 46-yard touchdown.

The Lions hit the PAT and forced overtime. Still, that was not the craziest play of the game. In overtime, the Titans hit a field goal to go up 44-41. When the Lions had the ball on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7, they surprisingly just gave Hill the ball to try to get the first down instead of sending in the kicker and playing for the tie.

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Though Lions coach Jim Schwartz is known for his brazen play, this move seemed a bit too out of the box. It turns out this was not the plan.

"Miscommunication. We were trying to draw them offsides. We had no intention of going for it there," Schwartz told Lions Radio.

Because of a miscommunication with a backup quarterback at the helm, the Lions are 1-2 and in last place in the NFC North.

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