Sports journalist Dave Birkett and columnist Shawn Windsor discuss the tie between Lions and Cardinals in Arizona on September 8, 2019.
Shawn Windsor and Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

GLENDALE, Arizona – Matthew Stafford was angry.

The wink of television cameras caught this as well as the poison that spilled out of his mouth at State Farm Stadium.

After struggling to the sideline after an incomplete Arizona Cardinals pass at the end of the fourth leg of the 27-27 game on Sunday, Stafford fired at him with a Fox camera behind Lions coach Matt Patricia.

] Stafford exploded, and as Patricia cleared the path, Stafford walked over and seemed to yell twice, "Trust me."

Stafford was hot on a break from which the lions had burned seconds before The game clock is ticking in a game with third and 5 near the midfield and the game on the line.

Stafford threw a complete toss to JD Mckissic, which would have been a big win, but the game was dead and several defensive defeated players no longer seemed to run 5] Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called the break, though Patricia – who was on crutches and could not move up and down as he continued to recover from the Achilles operation in the summer – after the game said he had ordered Bevell's call.

"I call the time-outs," said Patricia. "We look at the music box to try to get the stuff down and find it out at the time Stafford did a great job to get it, but really, once again, it was 0 (seconds on the music box). or 1, whatever, the mechanics, the way the officials work, the guy back there, he stares at the music box, and he sees it as a punishment and in this situation, in which one absolutely must have it We have to go out and do the next play. "

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Matt Patricia uses crutches before the game against the Cardinals. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

Stafford threw Kenny Golladay an incomplete pass over the sidelines immediately after the timeout, and Sam Martin was partially blocked in the fourth pitfall.

The Cardinals took possession of their own 40-yard line, and Kyler Murray led a nine-game 60-yard journey that ended with the game-winning touchdown.

Stafford seemed to get the first third-down game shortly before The box clock struck 0, but there was enough confusion in the game that he said after the game that he understood why Patricia asked for time.

"We have to work better to line up a bit faster and get in and get out of the fray a little faster," Stafford said. "To make sure the sideline has confidence in us to play the game in time."

When asked if he had enough time to play the game, Stafford said, "I thought we were playing it, but I understand the decision.

Many coaches would play it safe in this situation as the Cardinals were out of time and the Lions would probably have run out of time if they converted.

But Patricia said that was the case on the second when the Lions left the door open enough for the Cardinals to send them home unhappily.

"We just have to go out and execute," Patricia said, "at this point it does not matter, it's a piece in we have to cope, no matter what. There we were. "

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Matt Patricia discusses the late 4th-night time-out call of the Matthew Stafford A draw against Cardinals in the opening match on 8 September 2019 frustrated.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press