Why must thou fuck with the Detroit Lions each and every season, snarf gods?
Calvin Johnson Megatronned our first touchdown of the year, planting two feet and breaking the plane with the ball in his grasp – yet, the ruling on the field did not stand after review, and we settled for a field goal.
*COUGH* Bull shit.
The Lions went on to intercept Christian Ponder and return it to the house, but the ball was brought back on a penalty during the return. As halftime wound down, we trailed 14-6 in a game we were winning on the field.
The Lions marched down the field and punched in their first touchdown of the year for the third time with five seconds left in the half, putting them within a point, 14-13. Joique Bell dove into the end zone, fumbling an inch past the goal line. That’s ok, as long as the ball breaks the plane. The ruling on the field gave Minnesota the ball on a fumble, but the booth overturned it.
The second half belonged to Detroit.
Reggie Bush nearly scored, leaving Joique Bell to run in his second short-yardage score of the game. The touchdown gave the Lions their first lead, 20-14.
After the Vikings kicked a field goal, Bush took a short pass up the middle on third down 77 yards to the house for a commanding 27-17 edge.
Jerome Simpson is one cocky Viking. We gave him a nice lick, but he didn’t get his medicine yet. The doctor has prescribed a hit. Somebody, please fill Simpson up. Snarf made some lucky grabs and helped bring Minnesota within three, 27-24, as the 3rd quarter came to a close.
The Vikings forced a Lions punt and worked their way to the 37-yard line on another Simpson catch. That’s when the Lions D saved the day, falling on a bad hand off from Ponder to Peterson. Nick Fairley recovered the ball to go along with a sack earlier.
The Lions took advantage, taking the shotgun formation the distance where Bush set up a one yard passing TD.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Viking returner tried to take it out of the end zone and was tackled at the 16. That was costly, as a 3-and-out put them in too deep of position and the Vikings punted.
The Lions gave the ball back leading 34-24 with 4:17 left. Their punt pinned Minnesota at their own one yard line. It took too much time against a fired up Detroit defense, and a desperate Ponder heaved an interception at the Lions’ 43 to end the game. With under two minutes to play, we took a knee and the victory at Ford Field.
*NOTE: The Lions fumbled the snap on the opening drive’s field goal attempt. Peterson ran 78 yards on the next play for a touchdown, but would only manage 93 yards on the game.
Bush finished with 90 yards running and 101 receiving.