Atlanta 20, Detroit 16
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 26, 2021
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Matt Ryan passed for 215 yards and a touchdown as the host Atlanta Falcons topped the Detroit Lions 20-16 on Sunday.
Cordarrelle Patterson had a rushing touchdown for Atlanta (7-8), and Kyle Pitts caught six passes for 102 yards. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun clinched the win with an interception in the final minute.
Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 91 yards and scored the lone touchdown for the Lions (2-12-1), who had won two of their previous three games.
Jared Goff, the Lions' usual starting quarterback, missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Tim Boyle got the start and passed for 187 yards and a touchdown but also threw the costly interception. Jamaal Williams rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.
The Lions scored first on a 26-yard Riley Patterson field goal. Atlanta had a nine-play, 54-yard drive early in the second quarter, which Patterson capped with a 6-yard run. The touchdown came on a fourth-and-1 situation.
Detroit answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was extended by a fake punt. KhaDarel Hodge caught a 21-yard pass from punter Jack Fox. That set up Boyle's 20-yard scoring pass to St. Brown.
The Falcons knotted the game on their next possession with Younghoe Koo's 53-yard field goal, and the game was tied at 10 at halftime.
Koo's 48-yard field goal gave Atlanta a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter. Pitts had a 35-yard reception during that drive.
Patterson drilled a 37-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining in the third to tie it again.
The Falcons grabbed the lead on Ryan's 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst. The 10-play, 71-yard drive was set up by Ryan's 19-yard pass to Pitts.
Patterson made a 26-yard field goal with 2:38 left to pull Detroit within four points.
Atlanta receiver Russell Gage fumbled the ball away at his own 37 with over two minutes remaining, giving the Lions a chance to win it. But after the Lions drove inside the 10, Oluokun picked off Boyle's pass attempt with 39 seconds left.
--Field Level Media
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Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Falcons have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .667 after a loss.
Detroit will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Lions have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .182 after a loss.