Vick’s down, pass complete. It never ended.
To the Lions credit, their front four was relentless and ferocious. They “contained” Vick for the most part, and really never quit. The same is not true for the seven guys that play behind them.
Trailing 28-17 with 9:22 remaining, the Lions were forced to punt from inside their own 10. A stop on Philly’s ensuing drive would at least keep you in the ballgame. It’s a new year right? The defense should rise to the occasion. But they didn’t. They were rolled over, ultimately being punched in the face by a LeSean McCoy touchdown jog.
Go ahead and talk about Jim Schwartz’s decision to opt for a fourth down gamble in the fourth quarter. Go ahead and talk about how inept the secondary was all game. Go ahead and talk about missing Stafford. All those things are true. But the bottom line with this team, moreover this franchise, is they can’t get over the most important hump. And that’s finding a way to win a ballgame.
Let me be clear: The Detroit Lions were as good if not better than the Philadelphia Eagles today. But they lost. This time they had to find a way to blow a two possession lead midway through the second quarter, then overcome their miracle onside kick to lose this one.
A different week, a different way, but in the end…same old story.