GAME IN REVIEW: Lions out of playoff contention after an overtime loss to the Giants

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Turnovers were once again the problem as the Lions fell to the New York Giants at Ford Field

Joique BellJoique Bell (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Sunday's game was a rollercoaster ride for the Detroit Lions that ultimately ended in a 23-20 overtime loss and the Lions being eliminated from playoff contention.

"So much was on the line Sunday for the Detroit Lions, and yet they found a way to come out of the gate completely flat at home against the New York Giants, falling behind by as much a 10 points in the first half," said senior writer Tim Twentyman.

"Leading 20-13 late in the fourth quarter, the Giants were gifted their only touchdown of the second half when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw high to tight end Joseph Fauria on a third-down play with less than five minutes remaining in the game."

It was a huge blow after a dominant second half by the Lions' defense and strong effort by the offense, which was led by running back Joique Bell.

Bell finished the game with 154 total yards and a touchdown.

"Sunday turned into the Joique Bell show for the Detroit Lions offense after starter Reggie Bush was mostly ineffective and lost his fourth fumble of the season in the first half," said Twentyman in his 'Four Downs' column.

"Bush has been a terrific free agent acquisition for the Lions this year. He has a chance to become the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 next week in Minnesota, but on this afternoon, the Lions were glad they could turn to Bell."


  • columnist Mike O'Hara called these previous six weeks the "biggest late-season collapse in memory."
  • Same story, just like all year – turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. And throw in some bad penalties.
  • Turnovers are a prescription for doom in the NFL, and the Lions had theirs renewed week by terrible week.
  • In his postgame column, O'Hara says the Lions went from high expectations to even higher uncertainty.
  • "It’s the skid that never ended for the Lions, a wretched downhill slide marked by turnovers, penalties and missed opportunities that cost them what once seemed a near-certain NFC North title and instead could have severe ramifications for coaches and players," said O'Hara.