Saturday, November 27, 2021

Twitter responds to Steelers and Lions “terrible football”

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“Do both teams want to win this game?” This is how Brooke Pryor of ESPN characterized the game of the Detroit Lions against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.

As it turns out, the answer was no, as the game ended in a 16-16 tie – “a display of terrible football from both teams,” according to USA Today’s Jeff Risdon – which left the Steelers at 5-3-1 and the lions at 0-8-1.

In other words, Detroit ended its losing streak, but the team’s 13-game streak continues, ESPN Lions reporter Eric Woodyard said.

It was the first NFL draw since September 27, 2020, when the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles drew 23:23.

“All you can do is shake your head after (Lions-Steelers),” tweeted the aforementioned Woodyard.

The overtime session alone was a comedy of mistakes, with Steelers receivers losing fumbles on two drives and Pittsburgh’s other drive ending in a punt thanks to rookie center Kendrick Green snapping the ball path over the head of backup quarterback Mason Rudolph during a shotgun snap.

Notably, the Lions had an excellent chance of winning 4:03 in overtime, but Detroit’s placekicker Ryan Santoso was absent from a 48-year field goal attempt.

Of course, NFL Twitter wasn’t quite as diplomatic as Woodyard or other media types.

One fan said the game was like “kissing your siblings”.

Another said that both teams deserved the “L” and “Running steps for a whole exercise as a punishment.”

Several fans said they would resort to stress food, including this one:

The Twitter user “That Blitz Guy” described the game as the “Trash Bowl of the Century”.

Another Twitter user sent a message to the Steelers’ official account asking if the team would “at least pay their cash bill” on Sunday afternoon?

Some thought that both teams should be relegated to a smaller professional football league. Namely the CFL, where former Steelers quarterback Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges currently trades for the last-placed Ottawa Redblacks.

Another had some kind of practical question and was referring to whether the tie was good enough to keep going in his survivor pool.

Of course, from the point of view of long-suffering Detroit Lions fans, the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s competition wasn’t quite as unsightly.

One thanked the team for not losing on her birthday.

Another tweet was clever and said, “This was definitely one of the games of all time.”

Another playfully referenced the time the Lions finished 0-16 (2008), noting that the tie kept them in the running for another 0-16 season, despite the move to a 17-game game -Time schedule.

Lions will have another chance to climb the Column of Victory on Sunday, November 21st in Cleveland. The Steelers will also return next weekend, but on Sunday Night Football at the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Of course, from the point of view of long-suffering Detroit Lions fans, the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s competition wasn’t quite as unsightly.

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