Detroit Lions Featured in USA Today’s Best and Worst of 2010 Season


The 2010 season is over and the post-Super Bowl fervor is settling down. This makes for a perfect time to take a look back at the 2010 NFL season and reflect on some of the most memorable moments.

Sean Leahy of USA Today put together over 50 categories to reflect on the highs, the lows and everything in between and the Lions got two mentions.

Don’t worry, they aren’t both bad!

Calvin Johnson‘s failure to complete the process of the catch in the Lions week one loss at Chicago got the nod as the season’s worst ending. Leahy has this to say:

The visiting Detroit Lions appeared to notch a go-ahead touchdown in Week 1 vs. the Chicago Bears with Johnson’s apparent catch in the end zone with 24 seconds left. But officials, saying Johnson did not maintain possession of the ball after he and the ball hit the ground, quickly overruled the touchdown. The controversial call preserved a 24-19 win for the Bears.

Sorry to bring up the painful memory, it gets better from here.

The second Lions mention game in the “Best late-season recovery” category. The Lions four-game winning streak to end the season was not lost on Sean Leahy:

Detroit won its final four games to finish 6-10 and provided hope to fans in the Motor City for the first time in a long time. The streak snapped a skid of five wins in the previous 52 games and ended historic streaks of 19 consecutive losses in the NFC North and 26 in a row on the road — an NFL record.

There you have it. The 2010 Lions had one “best” and one “worst” and I suppose we can be proud that the good came at the end of the season. That’s progress!

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