If there was one game through wild-card weekend that had me curious from an officiating angle, it was the New Orleans Saints’ 45-28 win over the Detroit Lions. All four playoff games last weekend had at least one ref-based howler, but the inadvertent whistle that cost the Lions a touchdown was very uncharacteristic of the crews run by Tony Corrente, who I’ve long regarded as one of the best in the business.
After the anguish of being eliminated from the playoffs passed and I had time to really think about the 2011 Detroit Lions, my mood lightened. Yes, the team was ousted by a wide margin in New Orleans and the game was tough to stomach for Lions fans, but hope remains.
Over 31 million people tuned in to watch Sunday’s NFL Playoff Game between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints on NBC, making it the most-watched prime time program for the week of January 2 to January 8.
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.