“That date stands out in my mind,” Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola was saying in low tones Sunday afternoon. Not since that seemingly mundane winter day had Raiola’s Lions lost, in any venue or under any circumstances. Over the next 312 days, the Lions ran off 13 consecutive victories, if you count the 2011 preseason, and captured both the city of Detroit and the NFL by storm.
Now, as Raiola said Sunday: “We’ll see what we’re made of.”
It’s understandable if the Lions didn’t recognize the symptoms.
The clinical term is Monday Night Hangover, and since the Lions were 10 years removed from their last appearance on the NFL’s biggest regular-season stage, they wouldn’t know the side effects of playing in such an emotional game. They’re a little slow and sluggish, playing a step behind what’s considered normal speed.
Topics:Detroit Lions, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz, San Francisco 49ers
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Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.