There are a lot of plays in a football game that help determine the outcome. That may be the case but plays near the end of a game always draw extra scrutiny. In the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals it was the Lions’ final offensive play that is sure to draw a lot of talk.
Needing to complete a touchdown drive to win the game, the Detroit Lions found themselves facing a fourth and four in their own territory. Matthew Stafford completed a pass to Nate Burleson but they came up short of first down yardage with the slant picking up just two yards thanks to a solid tackle by Tyrann Mathieu.
After the game, Burleson had this to say about the play:
“I tried to give him something outside to bite on,” Burleson said. “He stayed inside. He played it as he was coached to — don’t give up anything on the inside. I tried my best to get inside of him. By the time I got underneath him, I was too flat.
“It’s tough to get inside on that type of coverage. If I could do it again, I would probably switch up my release and try something different.’
Burleson may be wishing he had tried attacking Mathieu a different way but Lions are likely to have more questions about the play call or Matthew Stafford’s decision to throw to Burleson instead of a receiver who was already past the first down marker.