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Stafford’s progress keyed Lions playoff push

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The Lions took a well deserved victory lap around Ford Field after clinching their first playoff berth since 1999.

Just three years removed from the only 0-16 season in NFL history, the Lions are dangerous. There are a lot of reasons why this is true, but center Dominic Raiola points to one reason above all.

“You need a great quarterback to win in this league,” Raiola told John Niyo of the Detroit News. “And we’ve got a great one. He’s the real deal.”

Stafford’s season has been overshadowed by Detroit’s fast start and the Lions’ subsequent reputation as league bad boys. The third year player has started 15 games after only playing 13 games in the previous two years.

While there have been ups and downs, you can’t argue with the numbers. Stafford has thrown for more than 4,500 yards, with 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  There have been far more ups than downs.

“All I can say is, that boy ballin’,” said wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Megatron isn’t kidding. Stafford has thrown for over 370 yards in three of his last four games. He’s tossed 10 touchdowns with one interception over that span.

Stafford has room to grow. He can be more accurate and make better decisions, but he’s also only 23 years old. He has taken a huge step forward this year.

It’s enough to make a head coach giddy.

“We’ve got a good quarterback, and we put it on him,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “I’m sorry for all the people that want us to run the ball 40 times a game, but we’re going to put the ball in No. 9’s hands and he’s going to make plays for us like he did today.”

Ndamukong Suh and Schwartz get the headlines. Johnson is the generational talent.

But this Lions team is going to go as far as Stafford takes them — this year and beyond.

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  1. cakemixa says: Dec 25, 2011 6:30 PM

    Last victory lap they’ll take for another 10+ years, lol.

  2. goblue714 says: Dec 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    This is for all the punk ass lion haters on here……WERE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  3. algrls says: Dec 25, 2011 6:35 PM

    The respect has finally been earned, now it’s time to NOT blow it. It’s time to be the New Lions!

  4. noeffinway says: Dec 25, 2011 6:39 PM

    Thanks for writing this Gregg! Had MDS gotten his hands on it we would have been reading some drivel about……..well it would not have been a positive spin. Thank you!

  5. papacrick says: Dec 25, 2011 6:40 PM

    All ya had to do was watch his Mic’d up game against the Browns in 09′ to know that this kid was gonna be a stud. Aside from the obvious talent, you got to see his great leadership skills up close in that game. Look for him to lead the next generation of great quarterbacks in this league.

  6. primetime0552 says: Dec 25, 2011 6:42 PM

    Even though Stafford or any of the coaches have never said his broken finger bothered him, I think its worth noting that 9 of those interceptions came when he had a broken finger and playing with gloves(3 games.) All the former QBs and experts have said that a broken index finger greatly effects accuracy. In games without the broken finger/glove he has 29 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He should be a pro bowl QB and is on his way to becoming an Elite QB. It is only one season and he has to continue, but he has the ability. He does a very good job finding the open receiver and not forcing the ball to Calvin. He won’t win MVP, that is Rodgers award to lose, but he should get some votes.

  7. ranksarot says: Dec 25, 2011 6:46 PM

    There are other players on the lions other than suh? Suh won’t stand for that.

  8. danphxariz says: Dec 25, 2011 6:46 PM

    The Lions haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback since Greg Landry in 1971. If Matthew Stafford doesn’t make it this year, that will be a complete joke and that Pro Bowl stat will be completely meaningless. Stafford is only in his 2nd year as a starting QB (injured almost all of last year), and he’s tearing it up like someone who’s been in the league for years. He makes all the throws. This dude is for real, and has gotten way too little credit/press while other inferior QBs have been talked about a lot more.

  9. algrls says: Dec 25, 2011 6:46 PM

    Do not act the fool like NY, shake the bad boy rap, and perform like professionals, and represent your team, city, and fans like they deserve!

  10. duanethomas says: Dec 25, 2011 6:52 PM

    Come on now, he has no ESPNmania and he isn’t Tebow. How many 4th quarter comebacks? Does he have Skip Bayless in his corner? Did ignorant fans vote him 3rd in Pro Bowl voting? Tebow is a cultural icon and no defense can figure him out.

  11. Dynasty says: Dec 25, 2011 6:54 PM

    Stafford won me my 3rd consecutive Fantasy Football Championship. Drafted in 6th rnd, picked Megatron to start 2nd. COMBO = Fantasy Domination for years to come!!

  12. mcdonalds24 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:00 PM

    Stafford played like an elite quarterback last night. If Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench behind Farve for 5 years and Stafford is playing at Rodgers level right now then by the time he is Rodgers age he will have 5 years under his belt of playing at that level, The Roar has been Restored in Detroit.

  13. rmc1995 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:00 PM

    Stafford played thru a brokren finger and he lost his starting running back around the same time. He deserves at least a mention for MVP. All preseason predictions had conditioned the Lions season on Stafford staying upright. He’s the difference in this team going to the playoffs. That’s MVP stuff. The media needs to get over the misconception that the lions are dirty and give the kid his due.

  14. blueandsilver9 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Does anyone else remember these NFL draft “experts” that said they would draft Mark Sanchez ahead of Matt Stafford? Just wondering there opinion now.

  15. freewayjim says: Dec 25, 2011 7:28 PM

    blueandsilver9 says:
    Dec 25, 2011 7:10 PM
    Does anyone else remember these NFL draft “experts” that said they would draft Mark Sanchez ahead of Matt Stafford? Just wondering there opinion now.
    ————————————————-
    In addition to that, TB coach Raheem Morris said they had Josh Freeman rated ahead of BOTH Stafford and Sanchez in the 2009 Draft, how’s that working out so far?

    Stafford will be an elite level QB for the next 10 years!

  16. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Sure the Lions have been a great story – and congrats to them…

    Saying that…

    Their wins have been against the:

    Bucs
    Chiefs
    Vikings
    Cowboys
    Bears
    Broncos
    Panthers
    Vikings
    Raiders
    Chargers

    There is potentially one real playoff team on that list. I’ll be impressed when they beat the Saints/Falcons/49ers/Packers in the playoffs. Note: That’s not going to happen.

  17. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 25, 2011 7:39 PM

    Stafford throwing left-handed is better than Sanchez.

  18. hiperactivodg says: Dec 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    Hopefully Stafford’s no Culpepper, because a great WR can make a QB look ways better than he actually is, like Randy Moss did with Daunte and Tom Brady, T.O. with McNabbb and Megatron now… I really hope Stafford’s the real deal.

  19. PantySTEELER says: Dec 25, 2011 7:54 PM

    Obviously a Steeler fan but have always had a soft spot for the Lions. It’s hard not to empathize with this team. From having a crap team with possibly the best and classiest RB EVER to a team who couldn’t buy a win plus from an objective perspective I can honestly say the Lions don’t get too much respect from the refs either. As for Staff, I said it to everyone who would listen, this kid was the truth as long as he stayed healthy with a dominant receiver like Megatron, a pass friendly league and his gun slinger mentality he would do some damage. Much respect to doing it in a tough division and I hope you stir it up in the post-season!

  20. 3ghostninja says: Dec 25, 2011 8:04 PM

    I was in the Aaron Curry camp when they picked Stafford. I’m so glad to be wrong in this case. No knock on Curry — he could still become an exceptional player.

  21. malekmj says: Dec 25, 2011 8:12 PM

    Lets not stop there. Matthew Stafford is the MOST UNDERRATED player in football. He is only the 3rd QB 23 years old or younger to throw for 4500 yards and 35 tds. EVER. The other two? Marino and Bledsoe. Yep. Eat that haters. And if he hadn’t had a broken finger we most certainly would be looking at 5000 yard 40 td season with only about 10 Interceptions. That is just insane for a 23 year old kid.

    Mark Sanchez?? Lol. If Stafford played on the Jets they would win the AFC with ease. Josh Freeman? Gets worse by the year. Ryan? He can play but I don’t think ANYONE would take him over Stafford right now. Flacco? Can you imagine the Ravens with Stafford. Cam Newton is the only one that will compete and may be better all around because of his legs. But even Cam doesn’t throw the ball like Stafford does.

    If this kid were on the Cowboys or the Jets or the Pittsburg Steelers he would be getting crazy mad props. Its time he gets his due.

  22. Soulman45 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    Will go deep in the playoff and then the respect will come.

    If the team can keep the players on the field with good health the Super Bowl is not out of the question.

    SUPER BOWL
    Pats……24
    Lions….31

    LIONS SUPER BOWL CHAMPION

  23. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Put all the thumbs down on the statement I made above. The funny part is: Anyone that responds has nothing to say to the fact the Lions have beaten potentially one playoff team.

    They’ve lost to the:

    49ers
    Falcons
    Bears
    Packers
    Saints

    Everyone of the teams on THAT list are either in the playoffs/at the top of the NFC or still have a chance.

  24. gmen1987 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:18 PM

    Remember those fans in 2009 who wanted Aaron (the bust) Curry or Jason (the Franchise) Smith instead of Matt Stafford? Think where the Detroit Lions would be if they listened to the fans or the media and past on Matt Stafford.

  25. camssportsjam says: Dec 25, 2011 8:28 PM

    I still get goosebumps watching his mic’d up game against cleveland. This guy is a baller. I wouldn’t want anyone else leading this team, he is the truth

  26. johnnycash19 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    Just looking at the stats (4500+ yards and 36 TD’s) he is in ELITE company. That has only been done EIGHT times before. (2x Brady, 2x Marino, P. Manning, Culpepper, Brees and Warner, with 1 of Bradys and Brees’ this year). Crazy to think that this is just his first full year of starting. I do think he needs to work on his accuracy a little bit but you can’t really complain when your team is 10-5 with a top 4 offense. Plus, he is 5th in the NFL in completion percentage. Can’t ask to much more from him at this point.

  27. malekmj says: Dec 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    paytonsghost34 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Sure the Lions have been a great story – and congrats to them…

    Saying that…

    Their wins have been against the:

    Bucs
    Chiefs
    Vikings
    Cowboys
    Bears
    Broncos
    Panthers
    Vikings
    Raiders
    Chargers

    There is potentially one real playoff team on that list. I’ll be impressed when they beat the Saints/Falcons/49ers/Packers in the playoffs. Note: That’s not going to happen.
    ————————————————————-

    Leave it to a bitter Bears fan to miss the forest for the trees. We beat who we played. EVERYONE saw how good the Chargers team had played the last three games. We dismantled them in a way I have not seen in quite some time. The Niners and Falcons game were decided by one break this way or that and EVERYONE knows they could have gone the other way. We aren’t yet in the class of the Saints or Packers. But don’t think for a second that they are excited to see a peaking Lions team that plays mistake free ball and a player named Megatron that is without QUESTION the best non quarterback in the game of football.

  28. realfootballfan says: Dec 25, 2011 8:38 PM

    During that draft, it was laughable to me that there was even a debate between him and Sanchez. Stafford’s turned out even better than I imagined.

  29. rmc1995 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:42 PM

    @paytonsghost
    The cowboys, broncos, bears, raiders, chargers, won’t or may not make the playoffs because the lions beat them. However, Saints lost to the Rams and bucks The Pack lost to chiefs. Niners lost to cowboys and cards. And the falcons lost to the Bucs. Lions haven’t let down to a bad team all season.

  30. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:48 PM

    RMC: My point is very simple…

    They haven’t beaten a playoff team once this season.

    That sums up my point.

  31. goblue714 says: Dec 25, 2011 9:24 PM

    @payton

    Your wrong we were undefeated against the AFC west, and 1 of those teams will be in the playoffs.

  32. alanesser says: Dec 25, 2011 9:34 PM

    paytonsghost: here is a simple idea. the lions ARE a playoff team. that is all that matters. Plain and simple

  33. so1ar says: Dec 25, 2011 9:53 PM

    @ payton

    we can only play who is on our schedule. sure, we lost to playoff teams, but we beat the teams we should beat, and lost close games and i give the opponents all the credit in the world.

    “any given Sunday” is the motto of the NFL, and i believe on any given Sunday this Lions team can win. even down 13 points or more 4 times in one season.

  34. charlesanakin says: Dec 25, 2011 10:24 PM

    @paytonsghost-
    I am going to assume you are intelligent enough to read. You must have just overlooked the glaringly obvious. The Lions swept the AFC West and one of those teams will win the division. So that’s 1 there is still a chance that Oakland could win the wildcard, that would make 2. They also beating Dallas who is playing a win and in game. They also have a game left against a Packer team that will probably be resting its starters (esp since their last game against the Lions cost them 4 players to injury). So the number is probably between two and four. If you count the three games in which he Lions beat themselves that’s up to 7 victories vs playoff teams.
    The Lions have an already elite 23yr old QB, the best WR in football, three pro bowlers on defense and the best GM in football since he took over. All of their best players are 27 and under. They are on a steady upward arc and ahead of schedule. If they continue at this level sometime in the next three years they will become a decade long Superbowl contender.

  35. rmc1995 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:30 PM

    Payton,
    That point makes no sense. In order to beat a playoff team you have to make the playoffs. But my point stands that if not for the lions a few teams would still be playoff hopefuls. Green Bay, Saints, Atlanta, Niners will find it difficult to prepare for a team they play for the second or third time in the season.

  36. redruckus81 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:46 PM

    @ paytonsghost34

    Yeah they have lost to those 5… 5 teams that are a combined 52-19 and that loss to the Bears was BEFORE Cutler and Forte were lost for the season.

    Lions are a damn good team that have lost to 5 of the NFC’s elite. All of those games were fairly close (even the NO and GB games) with the exception of the Bears game. Its not unrealistic to say the Lions have a shot against anyone with how well they have been playing

  37. primetime0552 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:14 PM

    paytonsghost34 says:Dec 25, 2011 8:17 PM

    Put all the thumbs down on the statement I made above. The funny part is: Anyone that responds has nothing to say to the fact the Lions have beaten potentially one playoff team.

    They’ve lost to the:

    49ers
    Falcons
    Bears
    Packers
    Saints

    Everyone of the teams on THAT list are either in the playoffs/at the top of the NFC or still have a chance.

    ===========================

    They were ONE 4th down play from beating the 49ers. They lost the the Falcons by 7. The Bears loss was bad, but they Beat the bears equally as bad earlier in the season. They lost to the Packers by 12, but they shut Green Bay down for an entire half and then got decimated by injuries(not an excuse, it happens.) They had all the opportunites to beat the Saints but couldn’t stop making stupid mistakes. They were in every single game this season! They won every game they were suppose to, and had opportunies to win the others. The Cowboys very well could make the playoffs and the Lions beat them. They Beat the bears who could have made the injuries if it wasn’t for Cutler/Forte going down. The Bears still have a shot at the playoffs. They dominated the AFC west and one of those teams will make the playoffs. Lions have been able to overcome their injuries, and still win the games they are suppose to. They might not win a game in the playoffs, but they are just as capable as anybody else in the NFC as going to the Super Bowl. They have playmakers at both sides of the ball. Their offensive line is actually playing

  38. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:14 PM

    And none of those potential craptastic teams from the AFC West stand a chance of coming out of the AFC.

    I’ll stop here — the Lions defense won’t allow them to win a game in the playoffs. Congrats on the playoff birth – long overdue.

    Just a shame the Bears had so many destructive injuries – they were really playing as good as any team in football. Such is life.

  39. primetime0552 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:18 PM

    Their offensive line is actually playing well. Avril can change the game at any moment with a strip sack that he has been so good with this year. Kevin Smith can produce at the running back position(when healthy.) Tulloch is probably the most underrated MLB in the NFL(you never hear anything about him.) Their talent at WR/TE is as strong as any team in the NFL. Their secondary, even when beat up, is still playing good football. This team is dangerous, and anybody who knows anything about football can see that. I am sorry you’re a bitter bears fan and are trying, very poorly, to say the Lions are not real contenders.

  40. cornernum23 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:25 PM

    Let me pile onto this payton idiot too…

    Oh my God! The Lions, who are only three years removes from being the worst team in the history of any sport, didn’t beat some really, good teams! Give me a break. Last time I checked those wins were still good enough to make the playoffs. Shut up.

  41. detroitrollin22 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:28 PM

    All Hail Megatron

  42. rmc1995 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:45 PM

    Lions defense will finally be at full strength in time for the playoffs. They’ve been without Delmas, Houston, Jackson, Fairley, Berry during multiple games. Best went down and was a big play threat out of the backfield in the passing game and running game. The difference between these injuries and the Bears injuries, is that the Lions coaching staff, front office and back ups, didn’t allow these injuries to be destructive. It didn’t help losing Suh for 2.5 games either. The Lions held the very hot Chargers team to 10 points and look to return to the top 10 defense they were prior to Delmas being injured.

  43. malekmj says: Dec 26, 2011 12:36 AM

    And none of those potential craptastic teams from the AFC West stand a chance of coming out of the AFC.

    I’ll stop here — the Lions defense won’t allow them to win a game in the playoffs. Congrats on the playoff birth – long overdue.

    Just a shame the Bears had so many destructive injuries – they were really playing as good as any team in football. Such is life.

    ————————————————

    So bitter and totally blind. We are 10-5. We will be 11-5 after next week. Packers have nothing to play for. We do. Rodgers will probably sit out. So regardless what you think your BEARS……no matter how well they were playing were not going to make the playoffs. Even if you went 10-6 ATL will as well and they would win the tie breaker. So please stop the insanity and give credit where it is due. And our Defense healthy for the first time in months will do just fine. Without Berry and Delmas we DESTROYED one of the top offenses in the NFL. You don’t even make good points with your hating. Ignorant hating is the worst. And it isn’t getting better anytime soon my friend. The Lions are here to stay.

  44. cannonballdookie says: Dec 26, 2011 12:53 AM

    If you have the chance to watch this kid play, he might throw the prettiest ball in the league. Crazy arm strength and just throws an absolute perfect spiral. Going from an oft-injured unproven young QB to an absolute stud is crazy, he must have put in a ton of work.

    I love how Schwartz isn’t scared to put the ball in his hands early and often and let him win games for them. If teams like Baltimore and the Jets had him at QB, we’d be talking about how they are Super Bowl bound.

  45. bischof21 says: Dec 26, 2011 1:20 AM

    A bitter Bears fan? Shocker….

  46. jimmylions says: Dec 26, 2011 1:27 AM

    As I recall, the Lions embarassed the Bears so badly on Monday night that Urlacher was losing his cool and yelling at his teammates, on the field, during the game. But then again, letting Javid Best blow past your line like they are a bunch of Pop Warner wannabes can do that to you.

    I think Kevin Smith’s excellent play deserves mention here. He went from the couch to the starting line up in just a few days, and has given the Lions enough of a running game to buy some time for Stafford.

    As far as the comments about Sanchez … I think that kid has a lot of talent and some very bad coaches. Sanchez is a better QB than Tebow, but the coaches in Denver know how to design an offense around their talent. The Jets offense isn’t designed to do any quick strike attacks, and when Sanchez has to start throwing hail mary passes it’s not a shock that he’s throwing INTs. He has room to grow, but only if he gets better coaching. The way the Jets are coaching him now … he has potential to be the next Joey Harrington.

  47. cup0pizza says: Dec 26, 2011 3:26 AM

    Stafford reminds me of Dan Fouts. Amazing arm, insanely good leader. If I had to pick one QB right now to build a franchise around, it would be Stafford. Wish him nothing but the best.

  48. andyo102 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:07 AM

    Yup, and because of his progress, I won my Fantasy Football championship. CHA CHING!!!! $$$$

  49. trucker2020 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:25 AM

    The Lions fell in love with themselves after the Bronco game.As others have pointed out, their wins were against poor teams & when they played the better teams, they lost.I don’t like the Lions attitude & I hope it’s 1 & done in the playoffs.That goes for the next 5 years too!

  50. prmartincek says: Dec 26, 2011 9:39 AM

    I’m a Steelers fan, so doing victory laps for making the playoffs seems absurd.

  51. dewalt2990 says: Dec 26, 2011 10:03 AM

    Whats the big deal about making the playoffs? They want that Lombardi Trophy.

  52. easyeddie says: Dec 26, 2011 10:41 AM

    trucker2020 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:25 AM

    The Lions fell in love with themselves after the Bronco game.As others have pointed out, their wins were against poor teams & when they played the better teams, they lost.I don’t like the Lions attitude & I hope it’s 1 & done in the playoffs.That goes for the next 5 years too!
    —————————————
    They’re still are in the playoffs, dufus.

  53. redruckus81 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:01 AM

    prmartincek says:
    Dec 26, 2011 9:39 AM
    I’m a Steelers fan, so doing victory laps for making the playoffs seems absurd.

    ————————————

    I bet it wouldnt feel absurd to the fans of the 1972 Steelers who went 25 years rooting for a team that didnt make the playoffs

  54. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 26, 2011 12:54 PM

    The Bears with a healthy Cutler/Forte/Knox/Melton et all would have:

    Beaten the Raiders
    Beaten the Broncos
    Beaten the Chiefs

    Would have been much more competitive against the Seahawks. And certainly would have beaten the Vikings (they probably still will).

    That’s at least 10-6 if not 11-5. The Bears held the tiebreaker against the Falcons.

    As I said – injuries sadly destroyed any chance they had.

    I love how people think they are “piling on me”. Again – the Lions defense will be exposed for what it is against actual playoff caliber opponents. Congrats to the Lions – really.. a Chicago Bears fan is FAR from bitter about what the Lions have done.

  55. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 26, 2011 12:57 PM

    Jimmy Lions:

    The Bears were embarrassed in that game?!?!

    They lost by 11
    Gave up two huge plays & the Lions did nothing else on offense
    Had something like 9 false starts
    They outgained the Lions

    The Bears should have won that game by 10

    Talk about pathetic losses – turn to the game here in Chicago. The Bears made that Lions team look foolish and exposed that highly suspect defense.

  56. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 26, 2011 12:58 PM

    Prm:

    When your franchise hasn’t done anything.. well… ever.. making it to the playoffs certainly is an accomplishment.

  57. paytonsghost34 says: Dec 26, 2011 1:00 PM

    RMC: It’s hilarious that you honestly think Jahvid Best would have made a difference in any of those games.

    I would have loved the Lions to lose their top two playmakers/Pro Bowl caliber players for significant time down the stretch. Newsflash: They don’t make the playoffs.

  58. socallions says: Dec 26, 2011 2:11 PM

    Stafford just needs to start strong and not wait until the second half to heat up and the Lions will win at least one playoff game.

    @Paytonsghost-“Come on mang!” LOL!

    To all the faithful Lions fans…you know who you are. The ones that have stuck with the team throughtout all these years. Much love and respect to you. Its playoff time baby!!!!!! I will be at the game no matter where it is. I hope you will be too.

    GO LIONS!!!!!

  59. cup0pizza says: Dec 26, 2011 2:15 PM

    Somebody tell this bitter Bears fan’s mommy to come home and take the computer away. Bad little troll.

  60. detlions80 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:00 PM

    The ‘victory lap’ the Lions took around the field embodied the humility and humble nature of the city of Detroit. They, as a team work hard, and they know there fans too, work hard and are as dedicated as any teams following in the entire league. Was a great thing to think of how many kid’s Christmas were made by a chance to high five Stafford, Johnson, Suh, Schwartz and the rest of the gang. What a bunch of low-life dirtballs huh?

  61. redruckus81 says: Dec 26, 2011 5:40 PM

    paytonsghost34 says:
    Dec 26, 2011 12:57 PM
    Jimmy Lions:

    The Bears were embarrassed in that game?!?!

    They lost by 11
    Gave up two huge plays & the Lions did nothing else on offense
    Had something like 9 false starts
    They outgained the Lions

    The Bears should have won that game by 10

    Talk about pathetic losses – turn to the game here in Chicago. The Bears made that Lions team look foolish and exposed that highly suspect defense.

    —————————–

    Exposed the highly suspect defense? What game were you watching? That game was lost because Stafford threw two pick sixes along with two other INTs and the STs gave up a return to Hester. The Bears offense had a grand total of 215 yards the entire game

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