None of that was needed this time. There were no streaks to break. There was no surprise or baited breath or end-of-game excitement. No, the Lions' 30-17 win over Green Bay on Monday night was methodical. It was thorough.
And it left Lambeau Field with pockets of empty seats by the two-minute warning, in a rarity for this franchise, fans ready to head home after watching Detroit win in Green Bay for the second time in three seasons. It was a game the Lions had to have and, a game it followed through on.
The 2015 win in Lambeau Field was unexpected and coming off a complete shift at the top of the organization that led to the Lions hiring Rod Wood as team president and Bob Quinn as general manager.
This win Monday night was different. For Detroit, despite its horrific record in Wisconsin over the past quarter-century,Womens Golden Tate III Jersey, this was expected. The Lions were favored. The Lions -- for a rare time in the past two decades of this series -- had the better quarterback in Matthew Stafford because Brett Favre is retired and Aaron Rodgers is injured. especially after a 3-1 start.,Womens Calais Campbell Jersey,And the Lions were the team that was supposed to be the franchise capable of taking the next step from mediocrity into something else this season where the Lions are already in a tough position to get a wild-card berth.,Womens Adam Thielen Jersey,Monday night doesn't exactly do that -- the Lions are still a .500 team -- but this win was one Detroit had to have if it wanted to realistically stay in the playoff chance in a tight NFC
They accomplished that in a way that has been unlike so many of their games this season. It was a fairly dominant Detroit win -- one in which the offense moved well and the defense was sharp. It was also a game in which the Lions, surprisingly, played with a lead almost the entire time.
Detroit didn't have to do that against Green Bay. The Lions scored on their first drive for the first time all season. They had one of their better first halves of the season,After three straight games in which the Lions started off slow and had to try to come back in the second half, with efficiency on offense -- two touchdowns on three drives and each drive going across the 50-yard-line. Defensively, the Lions flustered Green Bay, keeping Brett Hundley to less than 100 yards passing and the Packers to 57 yards rushing.
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two touchdowns and no interceptions. It's the type of performance the Lions are used to facing instead of administering to Green Bay. Against the blitz,Detroit got a clinical performance from Stafford -- 26-of-33 passing for 361 yards,Authentic Golden Tate III Jersey, Stafford was 12-of-18 for 252 yards and a touchdown,Authentic Calais Campbell Jersey,the best any quarterback in the league has done against the blitz this season. but they understood the importance of it. They understood that a three-game losing streak turning into four could severely impact their season.,Womens Ryan Kerrigan Jersey,And it came at a time when Detroit had to have it. Most of the Lions didn't want to call Monday night a must-win game
Instead, Detroit erased all that and now faces one team with a record above .500 over the final eight games of the season -- Minnesota on Thanksgiving. And if Detroit plays like it did Monday night, it could end up leading to a playoff spot.