After a game-long struggle against the Chicago Bears, and a 1.2 percent chance to win when they trailed 26-14 with just under four minutes left, it's fair to say a lot of Detroit Lions were lost for words after a comeback to pull out a 31-26 victory on Sunday.
Head coach Dan Campbell is not usually one to be lost for words, with a long list of memorable quotes. But he will show his emotions when he can't find words to express how he feels in a moment.
And getting right down to it, it would be hard for a lot of people to find appropriate words after a game like the Lions had on Sunday against one of the worst teams in the league.
At certain points during Sunday's game, plenty of Lions fans probably wanted to scream, in frustration over the first three quarters or later in joy when the comeback was completed.
Watch Dan Campbell channel Lions' fans to kick off his postgame locker room speech
In the Lions' locker room after the game, Campbell found the appropriate way to express himself and channel those aforementioned Lions' fans. Note the startled reaction in the background from center Frank Ragnow.
“I’ll tell you, you (expletive) guys. Holy (expletive). We are a resilient team, gentlemen,” Campbell said. “We are resilient. We find a way to win. They freakin’ came out and they fought us, but we (expletive) fought harder, and we went and got that win. That’s outstanding. That’s division win No. 2."
“All right, hey listen, to make the rally that we did and to come back, man, we needed some stops. We get the stops. Offense we go down, we strike. We need another stop, we get the stop.”
Campbell gave the game ball to Aidan Hutchinson, who made the game-sealing play with a strip sack that led to a safety.
"Hey man, I’m so proud of everybody,” Hutchinson said. “We got this (expletive) done. I’m really excited about this year. I think we’re going to do some special (expletive). Especially with the adversity we just dealt with, how we overcame it. Just gotta keep (expletive) pushing, week by week.”
The Lions are 8-2 for the first time since 1962, with seven straight division wins for the first time since 1970. It's enough to make fans, and the head coach in the appropriate moment, scream out with joy.