O'HARA: Top Lions moments of the decade

The Detroit Lions' highlight reel of the decade for 2010-19 is a kaleidoscope of great individual and team performances, streaks snapped and started, and players emerging to make their mark on the franchise and the NFL record book.

Following are highlights of those 10 seasons, and what impact they had:

2010

Streak snapped, man named Suh

Coming off seasons of 0-16 and 2-14, the Lions won their last four games for a 6-10 record and snapped a 26-game road losing streak with a 23-20 overtime win over the Buccaneers in Week 15.

Bottom line: Ndamukong Suh was drafted second overall and immediately asserted himself as a dominating interior defensive lineman. The Lions' fortunes were on the way up. And soon.

2011

Monday night magic, playoffs

In an electric atmosphere that red-lined Ford Field's decibel meter, the Lions made their record 5-0 with a 24-13 win over the Bears. It was their first appearance on Monday Night Football since 2001.

Bottom line: Quarterback Matthew Stafford played all 16 games for the first time and threw for 5,038 yards and 41 TDs. The Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 with a 10-6 record.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) stiff arms Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather (31) in a Monday Night Football win in 2011.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) stiff arms Chicago Bears safety Brandon Meriweather (31) in a Monday Night Football win in 2011.

2012

Megatron, mega-record

Monday Night Football in Week 16 was a fitting stage for wide receiver Calvin Johnson to catch 11 passes for 225 yards and go over the single-season record for receiving yards of 1,848, set by Jerry Rice. Johnson finished the season with 1,964 receiving yards, a record that still stands.

Bottom line: No playoffs repeat. The Lions lost their last eight games to finish 4-12.

2013

Megatron, Stafford vs. Dallas

In Week 8, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards, and Stafford led a 24-point fourth-quarter rally for a 31-30 win over the Cowboys at Ford Field. Stafford led an 80-yard, six-play drive and scored the tying TD with a leap over the line with 12 seconds left. Kicker Jason Hanson made the extra point.

Bottom line: The win made the Lions' record 5-3, and they got to 6-3 but faded to finish 7-9 and miss winning the NFC North.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

2014

Defense leads playoff push

The Lions started out 7-2 under new head coach Jim Caldwell and rolled into the playoffs as a wild card with an 11-5 record. A key game was a Week 7 win over the Saints, when safety Glover Quin's late interception put the Lions in place for Stafford to hit wide receiver Corey Fuller with a TD pass with 1:48 left to win the game.

Bottom line: A controversial officiating call went against the Lions late in a 24-20 loss to the Cowboys in the wild card playoff.

2015

Lions win at Lambeau

They began their really back from a 1-7 start to the season with an 18-16 win at Lambeau. The Lions had not beaten the Packers on the road since 1991. Ameer Abdullah's 104-yard kickoff return to start the second half was a key play in the win.

Bottom line: The Lions got to 4-7 before their playoff hopes were shattered by a loss to the Packers on Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary TD pass on the last play of the game.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Lance Moore (16) celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in 2015.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Lance Moore (16) celebrates his game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in 2015.

2016

The Late Show

Stafford's arm and kicker Matt Prater's leg combined to pull off eight comeback wins. Seven were in the fourth quarter, and one was in overtime in Minnesota. Prater tied the score with a 58-yard field goal on the last play of regulation time. Stafford hit wide receiver Golden Tate with the winning TD in overtime.

Bottom line: The Lions got to 9-4 but lost their last three games after Stafford sustained a broken finger, and the offense fizzled. The season ended with a 9-7 record and a Wild Card loss to Seattle.

2017

Golladay's arrival

Skeptics questioned drafting wide receiver Kenny Golladay of Northern Illinois in the third round. He began to silence the doubters with two TD catches in a win over the Cardinals on opening day. There was more to come.

Bottom line: The Lions missed the playoffs at 9-7, but Golladay's rookie season was a glimpse of what was to come. He went over 1,000 receiving yards his next two seasons.

2018

Kerryon hits 100

Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson ended the Lions' 70-game streak without a 100-yard rusher with 101 yards in a Week 3 win over New England. He later rushed for 158 yards in a Week 7 win over Miami. No Lion had hit the 100-yard rushing mark since Week 13 of 2013, when running back Reggie Bush rushed for 117 yards vs. the Packers.

Bottom line: Johnson rushed for 641 yards in 10 games as a rookie and 403 yards in eight games in 2019. Both seasons were shortened by injuries.

Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (33) running the football against the New England Patriots in 2018.
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (33) running the football against the New England Patriots in 2018.

2019

Rookie debut

In a storybook beginning in his first NFL game, rookie quarterback David Blough hit Golladay with a 75-yard TD pass on his second throw. He connected with wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. on a TD pass on the next possession for a 14-7 Lions lead over the Bears. The lead did not hold up. The Bears rallied for a 24-20 win.

Bottom line: Stafford went out for the season with a back injury after the eighth game. He was on the way to a great season, with 2,499 yards passing and nine TDs. The Lions were 3-4-1 when Stafford went out and did not win another game.

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