With the Los Angeles Rams trailing the Detroit Lions 31-28 with under two minutes remaining in the game and no timeouts remaining, Rams quarterback Case Keenum threw an interception securing the victory for the Lions.
All that was left for the Lions was for quarterback Matthew Stafford to take a couple knees to let the clock run out.
While there is no NFL rule against it, the Rams broke one of the unwritten rules of the game as their defensive line rushed the Lions on the kneel down, which angered many Lions players.
After the game Rams head coach Jeff Fisher commented on the incident, saying he did not instruct his players to do that, via Conor Orr of NFL.com:
“This approach did not come from the sideline,” Fisher said Monday, via ESPN.com. “It was not a call. It was not something that we practiced, or that we preach. I think it was a byproduct of frustration, some things that Aaron endured during the game, and the players took it on themselves to do it. We’ll address it.”
While he did not apologize publicly, Fisher said that it will be addressed:
“The game’s over, the game’s over — pay respect to your opponent,” Fisher said. “… We’ll address it, and it’s unlikely it’ll happen again.”
The Lions got the last laugh in the incident though as they came away with the victory, and the Rams dropped to 3-3 on the season.
The Rams did not have much time to think about their loss as they immediately got on a plane and flew to London where they will play the New York Giants this Sunday.