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 detroitlions.com 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
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
"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."
MORE HEADLINES FOLLOWING SUNDAY'S LOSS:
- Detroitlions.com 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.