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Lions show some fight before the game, more fight during the game

Brandon Pettigrew AP

The Detroit Lions aren’t doing anything to change their recent reputation as a dirty team. But they’re doing plenty to change their longstanding reputation as a bad team.

Prior to today’s game against the Chargers, a scuffle broke out at Ford Field, and it appeared to start with Lions center Dominic Raiola shoving Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes from behind. Raiola could be the latest in a long line of Lions to get a letter from the league office.

But Raiola, who was part of Matt Millen’s first draft class, won’t mind if he’s in the playoffs for the first time in his career, and it appears that that’s where the Lions are headed: At halftime in Detroit it’s 24-0 Lions, and Detroit has absolutely dominated on both sides of the ball.

Matthew Stafford has been particularly impressive, completing 21 of 26 passes for 260 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Barring a second-half collapse, the Lions are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

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17 Responses to “Lions show some fight before the game, more fight during the game”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 24, 2011 5:25 PM

    Raiola, no surprise.

    I can’t even be happy for the Lions. Such a dirty team.

  2. 8man says: Dec 24, 2011 5:26 PM

    Next year’s NFC Title Game: Carolina at Detroit.

    Cat fight!

  3. trbowman says: Dec 24, 2011 5:26 PM

    Now the Bills have the longest post-season drought of any team.

    lol.

  4. tampajoey says: Dec 24, 2011 5:30 PM

    Besides maybe the Steelers and NY Jets is there a less likeable team than the Lions?

  5. irodex says: Dec 24, 2011 5:32 PM

    The one time Norv tries to get points with less than 30 seconds before the half he is down 24-0. Talk about playing for your job. F you Norv Turner. Thanks for screwing Chargers fans of 5 potentially great years.

    -Signed,
    Charger Fans

  6. noeffinway says: Dec 24, 2011 5:34 PM

    ROARRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! screw the haters!

  7. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 24, 2011 5:39 PM

    You want to like the Lions and cheer them on, but by gawd, they make it awfully hard with their low-class play and demeanor. Even when they do win, you leave wishing they’d been better men about it.

  8. backindasaddle says: Dec 24, 2011 5:42 PM

    Typical of SanDiego…one week they’re dominating the Ravens and look awesome. The next week they’re a bunch of inept fools making mistakes. Yup….typical of SanDiego. Up and down like a YoYo. Consistently inconsistent. Norv Turner…you’re a great coach.

  9. raiderchris10 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:42 PM

    Thank you lions!!! Even though we should of beat you guys last week.. Thanks for spanking the chargers!!!

  10. dzor22 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:48 PM

    I still don’t understand why the media loves the Chargers? Every year they’re picked to win the SB. Today; I watched just about all of the talking heads pick them. They’re just not very good.

  11. bcar1023 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:49 PM

    Hey Joey – I’d hate on other teams if the Bucs were my team too. Merry Christmas.

  12. nuclearwarfare says: Dec 24, 2011 5:50 PM

    I don’t know why everyone is being so hard on the Chargers. We all know that no matter what happens in the offseason, they’re going to be everyone’s preseason Super Bowl winner…again.

  13. bobhk says: Dec 24, 2011 5:56 PM

    Stay classy Detroit!

  14. megatronownsyou says: Dec 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    Lions make the playoffs and all the haters are so mad!

  15. breezysmeezy says: Dec 24, 2011 6:45 PM

    I notice you left out the part of the San Diego players being over by the Detroit Lions tunnel for no obvious reason

  16. ahs2 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:51 PM

    breezysmeezy says:
    Dec 24, 2011 6:45 PM
    I notice you left out the part of the San Diego players being over by the Detroit Lions tunnel for no obvious reason
    _______________________________

    Yep, a good journalist would ferret out the root cause of what happened rather than take the easy way out and use the “dirty” Lions formula…Lazy!

  17. megatronownsyou says: Dec 25, 2011 12:55 AM

    breezy- the writers on this site are so unprofessional and so biased against Detroit that you would never hear that part of the story.
    Just like they never mentioned that Suh “stomped” the Packers guard because the guy wouldn’t stop untying his shoes in the pile.
    These guys have their narrative and they’re sticking to it no matter what. Sensationalism gets more hits than truth.

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