The “same old Lions” were certainly on the field Sunday. They just weren’t the team playing for the home crowd.
Consider the following quote:
We did some really good things, but we’ve got to learn how to finish. That will come.
Sound familiar? No, I didn’t dig up a Lions post game quote from 2010. That’s what Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan had to say after being defeated by the Lions.
The “same old Lions” lose that game just as the Rams lost it.
The “same old Lions” are the team that give their fans hope only to five up the late score, not the team that instills hope by proving they can drive the length of the field for the winning score.
These are the new Lions.
The Lions that have their franchise quarterback – a 24-year old that already has already led seven game winning drives and is one of just four men to ever throw for 5,000 yards in a season. A quarterback mentally strong enough to shake three first half interceptions to get the job done.
The Lions that are strong enough to emerge victorious when the breaks don’t go their way.
Was it the game Lions players, coaches and fans wanted? Definitely not, but in the end it was the same result. The Lions won a game they were supposed to win, even when they weren’t always able to play they way they were supposed to play. Would the old Lions have done that? No way.