Impressive Home Openers
What was impressive:
Jon Kitna left the game at one point with an obvious concussion, but came back late and led a field goal drive in overtime.
This scenario probably can’t play out in this day and age.
At the time, he became something of a cult hero among Lions fans.
This ugly win (they had FIVE turnovers!) moved Detroit to an improbable 2-0.
It also snapped a ten game losing streak against the Vikings.
Rest of the season:
This Lions squad just may have been the worst team in league history to ever start 6-2.
I tried convincing my dad that they were for real.
He’s a lot more cynical than I used to be, and said they’d finish 8-8.
That turned out to be overly optimistic. A second half collapse set the stage for 0-16 the following year.