Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!
38 days remain until the NFL draft so I decided to type “Detroit Lions 38” into Google. Google knows everything so I was sure it would provide a great topic for today’s link in our countdown paper chain. As per usual, Google did not disappoint.
38 was the number of points the Lions scored in their thrilling victory over the Cleveland Browns during the 2009 season.
If most fans are like me, that game stands out as a defining moment for developing confidence in what the Lions are doing as an organization. They had already defeated the Washington Redskins earlier in the year to rid the stench of the 0-16 season so the second victory wasn’t cause for celebration for celebration’s sake. The celebration was warranted because questions were finally starting to be answered.
The Lions overcame a 24-3 first quarter deficit.
Matthew Stafford threw the game winning touchdown pass with a separated shoulder.
Stafford and Brandon Pettigrew as the first round picks?
Stafford threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns and finished with a 112.7 quarterback rating. Brandon Pettigrew caught six of Stafford’s passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn’t a turning of the corner but it was a sign the corner was approaching.