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Todd Gurley explains why he made costly mistake on TD run, rather than kneeling

Falcons running back Todd Gurley may have been in the NFL since 2015, but he sure didn’t look like a veteran during one particular play late in Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Gurley received a handoff on a first-and-goal play from the Lions’ 10-yard line and roughly a minute remaining in the contest. All he needed to do was not turn the football over, and to stay out of the end zone. The Falcons were in position to run the clock down and then attempt a chip-shot field goal to potentially win the game.

But the Lions clearly let Gurley score, and he took the bait. Gurley ran right up the middle, and once he approached the goal line, he attempted to go down. It was too late, however, as he had already broken the plane for a touchdown. The Lions then drove down the field, and Matthew Stafford hit T.J. Hockenson for a touchdown on the game’s final play to win, 23-22.

Gurley shared his thoughts on his costly mistake after the game was over.

It doesn’t look as if Gurley was all that upset at himself for the brutal mistake, but the Falcons are now 1-5 on the season, having parted ways with both their head coach and general manager, so it’s not like they’re in position to compete for a trip to the postseason this year anyway.