The Detroit Lions 12 best and worst moments of 2018
Ten Minute Stretch
Best: 2nd quarter vs Green Bay, Week 5
The first quarter of this one had already gone pretty well as far as the crowd at Ford Field was concerned. Already receiving a few lucky bounces and leading 17-0, the final ten minutes of the half provided all sorts of entertainment as it was finally someone else who just couldn’t catch a break.
- Aaron Rodgers moves down the field, defense holds, Mason Crosby misses a short field goal.
- Rodgers moves the Pack down the field again, defense holds again, Crosby misses another short field goal.
- Da’Shawn Hand chases down Rodgers, forces a fumble, and recovers it inside the Green Bay 30
- Stafford finds Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone from eight yards out, Lions take a 24-0 lead into halftime.
Worst: 4th quarter vs Seattle, Week 7
I could have also put the 3rd quarter of the Jets game for this one, where Detroit gave up 31 unanswered points in less than ten minutes.
The ending of the Seahawks game hurts a little more though, for two reasons: 1) it had the element of hope before the gut punches, since two different times it looked like the Lions were about to stage a crazy comeback. 2) Golden Tate got traded the very next week, and on some level, I have to think that losing this game contributed to it.
- Trailing 28-14 but with momentum and driving, a careless Matthew Stafford fumble hands the ball back to Seattle near midfield.
- Still trailing 28-14, Stafford drives the offense 87 yards down the field, only to dump an even more careless interception at the goal line.
- Punting from nine yards deep in their own end zone, the Seahawks run a fake punt that somehow works, adding insult to injury and effectively ending the game.