2012 was a disappointment before the calendar ever turned to December, so why would December be any different? It wasn’t as the Lions once again couldn’t close out an opponent, this time the Indianapolis Colts. There was plenty of blame to go around from late game strategy to the offense settling for field goals and the defense failing to force the Colts into field goals of their own.
To make matters worse, rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles was really starting to come on but was lost for the season with an ACL tear. That came on top of the Lions choosing to end Titus Young’s season as he proved to be more interested in himself than the team.
The season was spiraling out of control with another nationally televised game on the horizon. The Lions didn’t exactly embarrass themselves this time around but they didn’t do anything to answer questions regarding their character in once again leading the Packers only to come up short. That ran their road losing streak to the Packers to 22 games, the probability of which is staggering.
A pitiful road loss to the Cardinals ended any discussion that the Lions were somehow better than their record indicated. All Lions fans were left with was Calvin Johnson’s chase of Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record.
A big night against the Falcons gave Johnson the record but the Lions didn’t have enough to beat the NFC’s best.
That left just the season finale against the Chicago Bears in what was a situation eerily similar to the season final between the two teams in 2000, just with the roles reversed. The 4-11 Bears beat the 9-6 Lions to end the Lions playoff hopes and help bring on the Matt Millen era in Detroit. Alas, there was no game winning field goal to pull off the upset and the Lions finished the season on an eight-game losing streak.
Detroit Lions fans will not be sorry to see 2012 end as we can only hope that better things are in store for our football team in 2013.
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