Play 1: 2nd Quarter – 1st & 10
On this play the Lions line up with in 12 personnel (3WR-2TE-1RB) and had just entered the red zone with the game tied at 7.
Kris Durham runs a vertical route and clearly has Terrance Newman beat downfield. With the safety late coming over the top it should be an easy touchdown for the Lions. All Stafford has to do is leave the ball out in front of Durham to secure the catch.
The problem, of course, is that Stafford’s pass is throw behind Durham forcing him to twist his body and lose all the leverage he had initially gained over Newman. The play results in an incompletion, and the drive eventually ends in three points rather than seven. If these types of missed opportunities don’t get corrected they will continue to cost the Lions games.