It is official, even the NFL hates Eric Mangini. Check out the highlights of a shootout between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns in NFL Week 11. Matthew Stafford of the Lions attempts a typical desperation Hail Mary pass with a very untypical result. The refs call pass interference in the end zone on the Cleveland Browns and give the Lions the ball with 0:00 left on the clock for one play at the one-yard line. Matthew Stafford completed a touchdown to Brandon Pettigrew for the win in a 38-37 thriller.
The pass is only part of the story. Stafford was nailed as he threw the pass and went to the sidelines. Stafford showed a ton of courage running back onto the field bad shoulder and all, taking the snap, and completing the pass. After completing the pass, Stafford went back to the sidelines and looked to be in excruciating pain. Not only was Matthew Stafford clutch, but he was truly an NFL warrior. For Lions fans, this was a Motown Miracle. The Lions improve to a whopping 2-8 while the Browns fall to 1-9.
The other story here is the continued bad luck of Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns. It is commonplace to see a number of NFL teams attempt a ridiculous long pass as the clock winds down with hopes of getting a pass interference call in the end zone. It is extremely rare for a team to ever get that call. Not only is Eric Mangini hated by his team and its fans, but it appears that the entire NFL has it out for the coach as well.
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