The Lions escaped yesterday’s game with a win, but of course a Lions’ win wouldn’t be complete without negative media attention to follow. The Facemask Heard Round the World is receiving plenty of media attention and more derision towards the Lions, as if it is their fault the officials missed the facemask. However, in all the years the Lions lost games due to blown calls, nobody in the national media ever sided with them.
It’s fitting that this missed call, that may play a huge role in ending the Lions’ playoff draught, came against the Vikings because the Vikings had a bad call go in their favor against the Lions that had historical ramifications.
In Week 6 in 2008 the Lions were playing the Vikings in the Metrodome desperately searching for their first win. The 3-3 Vikings were looking to get above .500 and join the NFC playoff race. This game will forever be known for Dan Orlovsky’s unwitting safety, but it should be better known for the atrocious call that robbed the Lions of their best chance of victory in what would be an 0-16 season.
The Lions had a 10-9 lead when the Vikings took possession with 4:41 remaining in the 4th quarter.
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