It’s no secret that finishing scoring drives with touchdowns rather than field goals is a recipe for success in the NFL but Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts highlights the point.
The Lions finished the day with seven scoring drives to the Colts’ five but finished on the wrong side of a 35-33 final score.
The frustrating aspect of the loss is that the “what if” game can be played from both directions.
The Colts managed to end each of their five scoring drives with touchdowns while the Lions kicked field goals to end four of their own.
What if the Lions offense had scored a touchdown instead of kicking one of their two short field goals on the day? What if the Lions defense had held the Colts to a field goal in even one of the five Indy scoring drives?
The answer is obvious; the outcome would have been much different.
Instead of clinging to a five point lead the Lions would have had a nine point cushion and left the field with a win.
But they didn’t and that’s the point.
Kicking a field goal is a win for the defense and Sunday’s result drove the point home in a terrible way for Lions fans.