Lions fans aren't giving Matthew Stafford the warm welcome that NFL expected

Turns out Lions fans are rooting for the Lions.

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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On Sunday morning, the NFL tweeted out this banger:

Even if we ignore Stafford's size 18 feet, it's a weird photo. Why is that fan on the left addressing him so formally? And obviously his return to the Detroit is exactly the type of thing that NFL Twitter account exists to tweet about, but still – it felt weird to see them frame Sunday night's game as some sort of fun homecoming celebration. Lions fans weren't crazy about it either:

And from the looks of things around Ford Field pregame, there aren't going to be too many weirdly formal signs welcoming Stafford out of the tunnel:

Good for those fans, who hopefully went and immediately got some waters after this interview. It's their first home playoff game in over 30 years, so you'll understand Lions fans having other things to be more excited, and then probably a little nervous, about. Ford Field is already packed and getting rowdy, and with the game set to kickoff in under an hour, both the Lions and the Rams have already released their inactives list.

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