Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘They Have Not Lost:’ Internet Explodes Over Lions’ Tie vs. Steelers

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The Detroit Lions looked hopeless at times this season until people began to wonder if the team would lose all of their games or not. That won’t happen after Sunday afternoon.

On a sloppy field, despite many mistakes, the Lions managed to find a way to score a 16-16 draw against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was truly one of the best worst games in NFL history and so there was absolutely no shortage of opinions about what happened.

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After the game, of course, the internet was hot for the tie and had a lot of opinions about it. As noted radio personality Jim Rome wondered, would Lions pop bottles over a tie? Even if the answer is no, it’s clear that some of the team’s fans could do just that.

Interestingly, one person who might have popped a bottle was Detroit running back Barry Sanders. As Sanders said on Twitter after the game, he was proud of the way Lions fought on the streets. Honestly, Sanders is right. It was a good fight for the Lions, even if they didn’t find a way to victory in the end.

NFL analyst Ross Tucker pointed out that the Lions won’t play 0-17, avoiding history even if they win the rest of the way. To that end, the Detroit draw may have been a success.

NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen was quick to point out that while it was bad news that the Lions didn’t win, it was also good news that they didn’t lose.

Perhaps the best reaction to the tie came from the Pat McAfee Show contributor and well-known Lions fan Evan Fox. As time passed in the game and the team put the finishing touches to the tie, McAfee showed his excitement on a grand scale, went mad, and ran around his house and yard.

For most teams in the league, ties are embarrassing. All in all, they’re a cause for celebration for the Lions.

The Lions couldn’t beat the Steelers on the road, and that tie will keep them without a win in the Steel City since the 1950s. Detroit have been without a win in Pittsburgh since 1955, but interestingly, this is the second draw in the series dating back to 1957. Detroit does not get into the habit of doing the job in Pittsburgh historically, and that run of futility continues with the game.

While it does, some connections appear to be better than others, and this one could certainly count as such for the Lions, even if it is not for the Steelers.

The Lions had multiple chances to win the game late and in overtime, and even after receiving some penalties in the late phase of overtime, they couldn’t get the job done. The closest team came to victory in the closing stages, when Ryan Santoso had a shot on a 48-yard field goal but missed badly. Here’s a look at the kick:

Pittsburgh had a sloppy game of their own in the late phase of extra time, when Diontae Johnson fumbled away a catch and run in extra time that could have set up a field goal, and Pat Freiermuth ended up fumbling another catch that would set up a potential game can win field goal. A high snap also cost the Steelers overtime.

All in all, it was a sloppy game that the Lions can enjoy at least with a draw. Everyone seems to be aware of this in retrospect.

CONTINUE READING: Jermar Jefferson injured himself on the touchdown run

CONTINUE READING: Jermar Jefferson injured himself on the touchdown run

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