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Lions celebrating their stay atop division standings
CHICAGO The familiar sensation returned when Willie Young foolishly drew a personal foul for roughing the quarterback on a failed two point conversation in Brock Vereen Womens Jersey the game's final seconds. The mistake offered the Chicago Bears another shot at tying the game, just 1 yard closer to the end zone this time.
Call it fear. Call it anger. Call it nausea for watching too many Lions games over the last 20 years.
At the line of scrimmage, the Lions recognized an impending running play. And mammoth defensive tackle Nick Fairley got through the gap, blowing Will Sutton Womens Jersey past Chicago center Roberto Garza as though it was last call at the all you can Will Sutton Youth Jersey eat pizza buffet.
It was a run. Fairley practically swallowed running back Matt Forte whole, the biggest play in his time as a Lion.
Door slammed shut.
And afterward, the big guy excitedly danced off the field.
"Why not be excited?" he said. "We just made a game changing play."
It could prove itself a franchise changing play.
The Lions sit all alone atop the NFC North following their 21 19 win, only the second divisional road win for Jim Schwartz.
When was the last time the Lions were all alone in first place in the division in November?
Did the NFL even keep statistics that far back?
This victory coupled with the quarterback injury issues in both Green Bay and Chicago dramatically alters the dynamic of this season. The Lions are now the prohibitive favorite to win their first divisional title since 1993. That comes with a home playoff game something that has only occurred twice in the 57 years since the Lions won their last NFL championship at then Briggs Stadium. And a home playoff game improves the odds of the Lions finally winning that elusive second playoff game since 1957.
The Lions celebrated Sunday. The rap music blared through the locker room. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford connected once again, exchanging high fives. Ashlee Palmer made it very clear to those who didn't already know it.
"I know the Green Bay Packers lost. I know the Chicago Bears lost. And I know the Detroit Lions won."
First place. All by themselves.
But now the real work begins because the expectations have changed. This should be their best chance to finally win a playoff game, which I've maintained since the start of training camp should be the only barometer for a successful season.
"Honestly, it's too early in the season to be worrying about who's in first place," Schwartz said. "We've got to keep playing games that are ahead of us. And keep our eyes on what's right in front of us."
But if maintaining a balanced public perspective was difficult during all the long years of losing and laughing at them, it will be close to impossible now that the Lions must be taken more seriously as a credible NFL threat. Those who passionately follow this football team bounce between opposite 180 degree extremes. The bad becomes agonizingly horrifying. The good becomes incredibly hopeful.
Despite the Lions' best implosive efforts, they keep winning. They keep making enough good plays to offset the continued head scratching mistakes.
Ndamukong Suh's tip of a Jay Cutler pass at the Lions' 4 with 31 seconds left in the half resulted in DeAndre Levy's interception, killing what could've been a game changing drive. But it was Fairley's explosiveness on the Bears' second try for a game tying two points that stood out the most because it was the necessary response immediately following Young's crucial miscue.
"We knew they weren't just going to drop back and throw the ball," Fairley said. "I read my keys. I had a big A gap. I jumped in and I'm so happy it was a run to my side."
"Why are you telling them our game plan, man?" Young shouted from the adjoining cubicle.
"Hey, man," Fairley barked. "We ain't playing them no www.officialbearsnflauthentic.com/authentic-brock-vereen-jersey.html more."
Fairley let out a hearty laugh worthy of a man of his girth big, menacing yet still playful. The Lions can't take any divisional road victory for granted because they've experienced so few of them. Their resilience got tested and they responded by saying they're ready to take this division by force if necessary.
"With the leaders we have on this team, it shouldn't be a problem," Fairley said when asked about potential overconfidence. "We know we can't let up. We've got to keep our foot on the gas pedal."