What head coach Matt Patricia saw live at Ford Field on Sunday didn't look much different when he reviewed videos of the Detroit Lions' 28-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Like the game itself, Patricia's comments about the game at his weekly Monday press conference were similar to what he said after the game.
What we learned from the game and Patricia's comments is that sometimes except for injury updates and other news, what happened in the game is so cut and dried that it speaks for itself.
Among the other things we learned includes the following:
That players look at individual games as just that, one game, and win or lose they move on; that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a special athlete whose running ability influences defenses even when he doesn't run; turnovers can come in bunches, including for Matthew Stafford, and there's no predicting when they'll occur or why they happen.
We start with Patricia's view, and review, of Sunday's game:
The game was surprisingly one-sided, and there was nothing to say that made it look or feel any better. After the Lions scored the first touchdown on a 91-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead, the Seahawks took over and scored 28 straight points to win decisively.
They had a 176-34 advantage in rushing yards and got a brilliant performance from Wilson while Stafford wasn't quite on his game after the first possession.
Wilson completed 14 of 17 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. He did not have an interception and had a maximum passer rating of 158.3. Stafford went 27-40 for 310 yards, two TDs and a crushing interception on first and goal late in the fourth quarter.
What Patricia said Monday afternoon echoed what he said Sunday afternoon.
"It wasn't really the game that we wanted to play," he said. "We didn't do a good job in all three phases. Give Seattle credit. They did a great job. They out-executed us in all three phases, and we did not execute up to par."
He followed those comments with a critique of himself – as he has after other losses.
"When you go through a game, and you play poorly and you don't win, I'm always going to look at myself first," Patricia said.
Patricia added soon after: "I'll always start with me first. It's my responsibility. It's my job, and that's where I have to go out and do a better job of making sure we're ready to go."
View team photographer Gavin Smith's best stylized photos from the Detroit Lions' Week 8 game vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
Different views: Coaches and players don't see games the same way fans and some media do. For coaches and players, each game is an entity to itself – unless it's an elimination game that either knocks a team out of the playoffs or out of playoff contention.
Cornerback Darius Slay was as upbeat and positive as usual Monday. If the Lions win, starting with Sunday's road game against the Vikings, everything will take care of itself.
"Nobody's running away with it," he said in reference to the won-loss records of the four NFC North teams, where no team has won more than four games.
"We're still in a good position. We're looking forward."
That is exactly what Slay should say and think.
From a fan's perspective, wins and losses have an emotional multiplier effect. Beating Miami two weeks ago seemed like a double win, for beating the elements and dominating the Dolphins for a second straight win.
Losing to Seattle at home almost had a triple multiplier – a one-sided loss, at home, against a team that also was 3-3 going into the game.
And throw in expectations. Beating Miami had a "turned the corner" quality – that Patricia had delivered the consistency of performance Lions fans are looking for. That's partly why Sunday's loss had a higher emotional multiplier.
Turnovers: They can come in bunches, which has been the case for Matthew Stafford so far this season. He had five in the first six quarters – four interceptions in the opening game against the Jets, and a fumble in the second quarter of Game 2 against the 49ers.
After that, until Sunday his only turnover in the next 21 quarters was an interception in a win over the Patriots in Game 3.
That streak, which included the second half of Game 2, the next four full games and the first three quarters Sunday, ended when he lost a fumble and threw an interception in a span of 3:52.
QB run threat: Russell Wilson and quarterbacks like him who the Lions will face the rest of the way don't have to run to influence how defenses have to defend the run
Wilson showed that on Chris Carson's seven-yard run for Seattle's last touchdown. On a run-pass option, safety Glover Quin had to delay making a move to stop Carson because of the possibility Wilson would keep the ball. Carson cut inside and broke through Quandre Diggs' attempted tackle at the two-yard line.
If it were basketball or hockey, Wilson would have gotten an assistant for the handoff on Carson's TD run.
NFC North race: The Bears were the only North team to win Sunday, which left the division race as jumbled as it was before the day started.
The Bears are in first place at 4-3 followed by the Vikings at 4-3-1, the Packers at 3-3-1 and the Lions at 3-4.
Five of the Lions' last nine games are against North teams, starting Sunday on the road against the Vikings – a game with a real multiplier effect.