The last time the Lions were on the winning side of an NFL game they played in Wisconsin, George Bush was president…George Bush Sr. that is.
There has to be a party going on back in Detroit right now…and, at least for one week, the Detroit Lions, as a team, can feel good about themselves.
It has been a very long time since I’ve seen the Lions dig deep to win a game…and of course, they didn’t make it easy what with Matt Prater missing 2 extra points as well as the sure handed Calvin Johnson muffing an onside kick.
I don’t care. The Lions won in Green Bay too snap a 24 game losing streak that was bordering on the sublime. Scratch that, it was already sublime.
Defense really stepped up in this game to help out the offense…and the offense played better than Green Bay for once…not by much but enough.
Weird calls, missed calls and a lot of no-calls. But the officiating was crappy for both sides…and it didn’t come down to a blown call…it was decided by the players as it should always be.
There was one point in the game, somewhere in the 3rd quarter where I thought the Lions were going to hand it over the Packers. On first down, the Lions gained eight yards. On second down, they handed it off to Joique Bell for no gain so that left a 3rd and two.
So many options and the one I would have picked would be to fake the hand-off inside and let Matthew Stafford run to the outside. But no, the hand-off went to the up-back and he was stuffed and the result forced the Lions to punt.
But the defense bailed out the offense, as they did all day.
I live in Seattle which plays on Sunday Night Football. I am sure that all of my neighbors were ready to call the cops considering all the yelling and swearing that was going on.
And as I paced nervously in my front room, knowing that Mason Crosby was going to crush us yet again, I had to watch.
And then I saw the wounded-duck that came off Crosby’s foot and fall far short of the uprights.
The. Detroit. Lions. Frickin. Won. The. Damn. Game.
Congrats Guys…cherish this win and get ready for Oakland at home. And play with this intensity for the rest of the year…play with this passion, play with this grit. Because at the end of the day, if you play your hearts out, I can respect that.
Don’t give up.