What was Hank Poteat thinking? The Browns and Lions played what was, for them, a classic game on Sunday. Cleveland had taken a late 37-31 lead, and Detroit was down to a last-gasp throw by rookie Matthew Stafford. Almost tackled as he scrambled for his life, Stafford uncorked a Hail Mary pass into the end zone with no time on the clock. It was intercepted by Brodney Pool, and the game should have ended with a Browns victory. Instead, a yellow flag flew to the ground. Pass interference, defense. The Lions were awarded the ball at Cleveland's one-yard line. Replays showed clearly that Poteat threw a block at Detroit receiver Bryant Johnson as he attempted to move toward the throw. The Lions got one more play. Stafford, shaken up on the previous pass, was aided by an officials' time out and a ...
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