Twitter reactions following Lions latest fourth-quarter collapse

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Twitter reacts as the Detroit Lions open their season with a heartbreaking loss

Matt Patricia was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions in February of 2018. And in his first two seasons in the Motor City, he had yet to win a regular-season opener. Kicking off his third season in Detroit, nothing has changed.

The Lions lost to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, 27-23, in their home opener at Ford Field. Detroit held a 23-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, they then allowed the Bears to score 21 unanswered points in the final frame.

Capping the defeat was a dropped touchdown pass in the final seconds by rookie running back D’Andre Swift that would have won the contest for Detroit. The fourth-quarter collapse was eerily similar to their performance in Week One of last season when the Arizona Cardinals came back down 24-6 to send the game into overtime. That contest ended in a 27-27 tie.

That’s a bad omen for the 2020 Lions as last year’s version of this team ended the season with a disappointing 3-12-1 record. And Detroit’s inability to finish games was a major factor in those defeats as well.

Following the outcome of the game, fans, former players, and media members took to social media to voice their frustrations. We’ve collected a few of those reactions from Twitter below.

Twitter reacts to the Detroit Lions losing in Week One

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Obviously it’s only one game. And the 0-1 Detroit Lions will get a chance to make things right in the division next Sunday as they’ll face off against the 1-0 Green Bay Packers.

But the way the Lions lost against the Bears will do little to boost the morale of a fan base struggling to find a glimpse of hope. And with the mandate by ownership that this team be a playoff contender in 2020, things are not trending in the right direction following this first home loss.