Games like Sunday are the reason the Lions need to open up their checkbook and pay defensive end Cliff Avril this offseason.
Avril made the first defensive play of the game that resulted in a touchdown and the last, when he recovered a fumble on the last play of the game that preserved a 34-28 victory over the Vikings and keeping them in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Matthew Stafford didn’t have an eye-popping game statistically with just 227 yards passing, but he took good care of the ball, leading two touchdown drives without a turnover. He manipulated his first touchdown to Titus Young, forcing the safety to bite on a pump fake to Calvin Johnson, then throwing deep to Young.
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.