Detroit Lions All Alone In First Place
First Place NFC North (Photo: Facebook)
An important game for the Detroit Lions turns into an even more important Win. For the first time in a long time, the Lions sit on top of their division.
This weeks game was a close game all the way to the end, that ended with a defensive game winning play by DT Nick Fairley. In the last minutes of the game, the Chicago Bears made a last drive down the field that resulted in a touchdown and left them down by two. On a failed two-point conversion, DE Willie Young picked up one of four of the Lions personal fouls for the game. This would set the Bears up for a second chance. On the second chance, Fairley busted through the line seemingly effortlessly on a run play called by Chicago, and made what became the game winning tackle on RB Matt Forte.
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Even though Fairley had the game winning tackle, the win would not had been possible without the Lions offensive weapons -- like the usual touchdown receptions by Calvin Johnson, more than 100 yards of rushing from Reggie Bush and some standout plays by recently quit, TE Brandon Pettigrew.
This is the second game in a row that went right down to the wire for the Lions. In week 8, the Lions made an offensive drive in the last minutes of the game against the Dallas Cowboys that ended in Matthew Stafford jumping over the Cowboys' line and scoring a touchdown. This final play got plenty of national attention and put the Lions in a position where they were finally being talked about in a positive light by sports analyze from all over the Nation.
The chance of the Lions winning their first Division Championship in nearly two decades, looks highly probable considering the division's circumstances. QB Aaron Rodgers, the life-line of the Green Bay Packers, is suffering from a broken Collarbone. QB Jay Cutler from the Chicago Bears has been suffering from a groin injury, one that you could clearly see bothering him during the game against the Lions. And the Minnesota Vikings don't pose much of a threat at this point in the season and most likely won't for the rest of the season.
That doesn't mean the Lions haven't been suffering their own set of injuries, they just have managed to find a way to win these important games. This week on the offensive side, WR Nate Burelson sat out again, but could be ready to play as soon as next week. And on the defensive side, both DE Ezekiel Ansah "Ziggy" and CB Bill Bentley sat out with injuries, they could also both return as soon as next week.
If you were wondering when the last time the Lions won their last division championship, you have to look back to 1993. The Lions lost that game, which means they have still yet to win a playoff game since their NFL Championship season in 1957. But regardless on this seasons success thus far, I don't think that there are to many Detroit fans that are out there thinking Super Bowl -- instead most of us are probably just thinking about getting that second first-round playoff win.