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Lions notes: Matt Patricia defends timeout usage vs. 49ers

Matt Patricia didn’t back down from his clock management choices at the end of the first half.

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One of my personal biggest pet peeves in football is poor clock management. The strategies seem so straightforward, yet NFL coaches consistently go against conventional wisdom.

This was the case on Sunday afternoon when the Lions were looking to get the ball back in the first half. After sacking Jimmy Garoppolo with less than two minutes left, the 49ers—facing a third-and-19—were content running 40 seconds off the clock. Lions head coach Matt Patricia didn’t seem to mind either, because despite having three timeouts, he allowed all that time to run off the clock, guaranteeing that if the Lions got the ball back, it would be with under a minute to go.

I’ve already stated my thoughts on the move, but on Sunday after the game Patricia defended his actions.

“That was executed great,” Patricia said per the Detroit Free Press. “I’m not sure how many situations you guys have gone through, but we really, what we wanted to do was go down and score, first and foremost, at the end of the half. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t give them a lot of time to go back and try to get some points because they had the ball coming out to start the second half.”

  • If you missed it, Lions tight end Michael Roberts was pretty proud for finally grabbing the first NFL touchdown of his career:

  • Matt Waldman had a pretty solid Twitter video thread of highlight and lowlights from Sunday’s game. Here are a couple examples:

  • Neil from Armchair Linebacker offers a colorful response to those that thought Sunday’s game was “progress” for the Detroit Lions.

  • Golden Tate’s daughter Londyn having a playdate with the Stafford twins is exactly the photoshoot you need to see to start the week:

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