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Monday, September 10, 2012

Jeff Fisher says clock operator gave Detroit Lions extra timeout

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The St. Louis Rams were driving late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 20-20 in their season opener with the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback Sam Bradford had positioned the Rams into field goal range and scampered to the sideline and slid before going out of bounds with 2:39 left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

That is where the controversy began.

Rather than continuing to run, the game clock mistakenly stopped for four seconds while the play clock continued to tick.  This meant the Rams, who were facing a third down, had to run another play before the two minute warning which otherwise could have been avoided.

Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that the miscue gave the Lions, in essence, a fourth timeout and ultimately gave them a better chance to eventually win the game.

"In essence, Detroit was granted an extra timeout, I guess, if you want to look at it from our perspective," Fisher said.  "There was an error, I did report it to the league, and that's all I can do."

As it turns out, Fisher was right as the NFL admitted that the clock operator made a mistake in a statement.

Nonetheless, the clock gaffe was not the only reason the Rams eventually lost to the Lions 26-23.

First off, Bradford and the Rams offense failed to convert on the third down play, leaving time on the clock and settling for a Greg Zuerlein field goal.

Secondly, the Rams defense put up little fight during the Lions final drive, which ended with a Matthew Stafford game winning touchdown pass.

In this instance, the Rams sort of got screwed by the clock operator, but should not blame the clock error for the loss.  The Rams, to the surprise of many, had the opportunity to win the game despite the error, and simply came up short.

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  1. Not to mention the clock should have stopped anyways since the QB slid OUT OF BOUNDS.

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