Baltimore Ravens 18, Detroit Lions 16 (box score)
What started as a festive evening in downtown Detroit was thoroughly ruined by the Detroit Lions.
The defense largely did their job, holding the Ravens out of the end zone all night. But six Justin Tucker field goals, including a 61-yarder with less than a minute remaining, were enough to outscore a Lions offense that never really found their stride.
It was a familiar bugaboo for the Lions offense: turnovers. Matthew Stafford’s first interception likely took three points off the board for the Lions while his second led to three for the Ravens. While Stafford made bad throws on both, the play calling was certainly curious. Both were third and short situations and despite averaging 4.3 yards per carry for the game, the Lions refused to run the ball in such a critical spot.
Tucker’s kick is likely go down in the annals of Lions history that already includes Tom Dempsey’s record-setting 63-yarder and Paul Edinger’s kick that knocked the 2000 Lions out of the playoffs leading to the onset of the Matt Millen era.
The loss means the Lions are no longer in control of their own destiny in the NFC North race – a race that if not won by the Lions should cost Jim Schwartz his job.