The final chapter of the book that was the 2009 Detroit Lions was written on January 3, 2010 when they closed out the season with a home game against the Chicago Bears. An announced crowd of 56,677 saw another disappointing season come to a close with a 37-23 loss.
In what would come to be a familiar theme into 2010, the Lions were able to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter before falling off the pace and allowing the Bears to pull away.
Daunte Culpepper was the starting quarterback that day. It feels like a lot more than a year ago that he was wearing the Honolulu blue and silver but the box score doesn’t lie. Matthew Stafford’s season had already ended and ‘Pep played out the year even though we all had good reason to believe he wouldn’t be back the following season.
The pain didn’t end with the Lions’ final loss in their 2-14 2009 season. No, we were “treated” to the playoffs that saw Mark Sanchez, the quarterback drafted after Matthew Stafford, and his New York Jets win two playoff games in the month of January before finally falling to the Colts in the AFC Championship game. Could the Lions have made another first round draft mistake? It was a legitimate question in January 2010.
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