If you watched the Atlanta Falcons take on the Detroit Lions yesterday in the NFL's first-ever morning game, then you're probably as shocked as we are! Atlanta started the game strong at Wembley Stadium with a 21-0 lead at halftime, but the Lions weren't ready to fly back to the United States with defeat. Detroit rallied with their second incredible comeback in two weeks and defeated Atlanta, 22-21.
Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford concluded the game with 325 passing yards for 2 touchdowns; these TDs gave Stafford 120 TD passes, a Detroit record!
Matt Ryan, Atlanta's QB, led the Falcons in the first half completing 14 of 17 passes for 160 yards and two TDs. However, a penalty, a dropped pass and clock problems later in the game resulted in a momentum loss for the team.
Where the Magic Happened
Detroit's kicker Matt Prater came through for the team, starting with a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter. Golden Tate then scored off a 59-yard reception from Stafford making the score, 21-10.
In the fourth, Prater kicked a 20-yard field goal and Theo Riddick scored off a 5-yard pass from Stafford. Detroit then found themselves only two points behind Atlanta with the score, 21-19. Stafford searched for Tate on the two-point conversion after Riddick's score, but couldn't connect the pass.
With four second left in the game, Prater missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, but received a second chance due to a delay-of-game penalty. He scored his second attempt from 48-yards out and the Detroit Lions prevailed against the Atlanta Falcons, 22-21!
The Falcons blown halftime lead is tied for the biggest in the team's history and Atlanta has now been outscored 70-7 in the fourth quarter of their last six matches.
Both teams now return to the US to enjoy their bye week - Detroit hoping Calvin Johnson will be in good health before their game against Miami, and Atlanta picking up the pieces from their performance in London.
What's Next in London?
The NFL International Series isn't over yet! The Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars head across the pond next to compete at historic Wembley Stadium on Nov. 9!
Dallas has had an impressive season so far, finding themselves 6-1 and first in the NFC East. Jacksonville, on the other hand, is 1-7 and fourth in the AFC South. BUT, when you take two teams and put them both on an "away" field in a new climate, anything can happen!
YOU Can Attend!
With Official Ticket Packages direct from NFL On Location and provided by QuintEvents, you can attend the Dallas Cowboys vs Jacksonville Jaguars game in London!
NFL On Location Packages get you unparalleled VIP access as the NFL takes over London. There are four different package levels available, so you're sure to find the perfect fit for you and your group:
- Diamond Packages
- Sapphire Packages
- Deluxe Packages
- Standard Packages
Diamond Packages, the highest tier, offer you Club Level seating to the game, access to a in-stadium hospitality area for three hours pregame, during halftime and postgame, where you'll find a complimentary, deluxe three-course meal and open beer, wine and soft drink selections. Additionally, you'll receive an invite to the NFL Friday Night Kickoff Cruise where you can wine and dine while meeting NFL players and cheerleaders!
With Standard Packages, you'll receive an upper sideline ticket to the game and access to a pregame hospitality tailgate party for three hours pregame. Within hospitality, you'll find a complimentary menu and open beer, wine and soft drink selections.
Sapphire and Deluxe Package amenities fall within the spectrum of Diamond and Standard levels. Hotel accommodations, ground transportation to all official NFL events and an NFL Gift Bag are also included at all package levels.
So, what are you waiting for? Nov. 9 is rapidly approaching and it's time to secure your spot at the Cowboys vs Jaguars NFL International Game! Get more information on packages by calling 1-866-834-8663 or by visiting QuintEvents website.
Will we see you in London?