Arizona Cardinals 38, Detroit Lions 10 (box score)
The Detroit Lions’ disappointing season is now set for a disappointing finish thanks to a blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Lions managed to get on the board first when Mikel Leshoure scored from one yard out early in the second quarter. The 7-0 lead was the high point in an otherwise terrible game by the Lions.
Beanie Wells ran for a pair of touchdowns and Rashad Johnson’s pick six gave the Cardinals a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The Lions looked to be in position for a Matthew Stafford-led comeback in the fourth quarter but what would have been a touchdown pass to Kris Durham that would have made it a one-score game was wiped out by a delay of game penalty. The ensuing play resulted in a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown by Greg Toler to extend the Cardinals lead to 31-10.
The Cardinals win ends their losing streak at nine games and extends the Lions losing streak to six. There is no argument to be made to say that the Lions are actually better than their record indicates. Both teams entered 4-9 and the Cardinals were obviously the better team today.
The Lions finish out the 2012 season with home games against the Falcons and Bears. What happens from here is essentially irrelevant. Today’s game figured to be a winnable contest and the Lions didn’t perform like they were interested in putting together a strong finish to the season.
We’ve been reduced to simply waiting for Calvin Johnson break Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record. It would be quite an accomplishment but would mean a lot more if his team was making a playoff push.