Detroit Sports

Sunday, December 19, 2004

A great game

The Lions lost to the Vikings 28-27, but in my mind it was one of the best games they have played this entire season.

The Lions were down by 8 points in the fourth quarter. Joey Harrington had just thrown an interception that had led to a Vikings touchdown. When the Lions got the ball back Joey Harrington led them down the field. He threw a short touchdown pass to Roy Williams to put the Lions down by only 2. On the 2 point conversion Harrington made a clutch pass in the endzone to tie the game at 21. Once the Lions scored, the Vikings got the ball back and came back down the field and scored a touchdown with just 1:37 left. Detroit got the ball back, and Harrington again led them back down the field. The Lions drove 80 yards in just over a minute. The drive ended when Harrington hit Roy Williams again in the endzone for a one yard touchdown pass. It looked as though the Lions were going to send the game into overtime. That was not the case as the snapper for the Lions snapped the ball bad during the extra point causing the holder to drop the ball. He could not get the ball into place in time and he was tackled ending any bid for a comeback.

This game showed me a lot. It was still a loss but the Lions did not back down as they came back to tie this game twice in the fourth quarter. Even if they would have sent the game into overtime the Lions still probably would have lost. Also, even if they had won this game the Lions still would have had to win out and they still would probably not have made the playoffs.

Joey Harrington played one of the best games of his career. He was sick with the flu before this game but he played at a high level. He threw for a career high 361 yards. He also threw 2 touchdowns as he led the Lions back into this game twice. I thought that once he threw that interception in the fourth quarter that he would fold but he came back for more. He has played terrible for a lot of games in a row and it was nice to see him have a great game.

Roy Williams also came back with a very nice game. He was injured after his hot start and has not been the same. Against the Vikings he caught 7 passes for 104 yards along with 2 touchdowns.

Kevin Jones continued his strong play. He ran for 79 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 4 passes for 35 yards. He now has 938 rushing yards on the season. He has 2 games left to get 1000 rushing yards in his rookie season.

Az-Zahir Hakim caught 4 passes for 108 yards.


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