Detroit Lions in Wisconsin: Analyzing the streak

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Good old 1991. It was just ten days before Christmas and the only thing on my mind was whether or not I was going to get a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure under the tree. At six years old I was pretty sure Santa Claus was real and that little $12 toy was all I wanted from the guy that came down the chimney and ate our cookies and drank our milk. The number one hit movie in the box office that week was Hook starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan. The hottest song rocking the country at the time was Michael Jackson’s Black or White.

The world was an ever changing place in December of 1991. The Soviet Union fell, Journalist Terry A. Anderson was released after being held hostage in Beirut for seven years, Pan American Airways closed it’s doors and there were many other moments of note. Nestled somewhere in between Pan American closing shop and the end of the Cold War, the Detroit Lions headed to Green Bay and notched what would be their final win over the Packers in the state of Wisconsin in 20 plus years.

Erik Kramer led the Lions to a 21-17 win over the then hapless Packers. Kramer’s 131 yard passing and two touchdowns set the tone for the Lions to steal a comeback win in the fourth quarter. Barry Sanders was on duty that day as well rushing for 85 yards. It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win.

Little did anyone know that 24 years and 13 quarterbacks later, the Lions would find themselves in an 0-25 hole against the Packers on the road. The Lions will try once again to break the Undertaker like streak this week. Unfortunately at 1-7, the Lions have turned a predictable loss into an even more predictable loss.

Today I want to go back in time and take a look at each individual game from 1992 to 2014. Enjoy the horrible ride.

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