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Lions end a crazy first half with a touchdown

Joique Bell, Harrison Smith AP

The first half of the Vikings-Lions game in Detroit was either a reminder that the Lions are a team that can’t get out of its own way, or a reminder that the Lions can be a very good team if they ever do get out of their own way.

It’s 14-13 Vikings at halftime, and the Lions ended the first half with Joique Bell scoring a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. But it wasn’t easy: Bell tried to extend the ball over the goal line and had it knocked out of his hands, and the officials initially ruled it a touchdown. On further review, however, the referee ruled that the ball had crossed the plane of the goal line before Bell lost possession.

That was a rare break that went the Lions’ way. But the Lions also had several bad breaks: Ndamukong Suh committed a totally unnecessary personal foul that negated a Detroit interception return for a touchdown. Lions cornerback Bill Bentley dropped an interception that he easily could have returned for a touchdown. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had what was initially ruled a touchdown catch overturned as an incomplete pass. And on and on.

If the Lions stop making stupid mistakes, they have a very good chance of winning this game. But with the Lions, that’s a very big “if.”

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21 Responses to “Lions end a crazy first half with a touchdown”
  1. brotzelj says: Sep 8, 2013 2:41 PM

    Ponder looks good and then looks terrible. Please find a rythym. The time is now.

  2. mylionsroaring says: Sep 8, 2013 2:46 PM

    It seems the only thing missing is a coach who can get them under control.

    Bill Cowher want to come coach the Lions

  3. papacrick says: Sep 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    That’s as wacky a half of football as I’ve seen in quite a few years

  4. bennyb82 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    Suh could get 5 sacks the rest of the game and it will not make up for the utter stupidity of illegally blocking a lineman behind the play, negating the touchdown. Did he think that the guy was going to run down the DB?

  5. hyzers says: Sep 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    I can’t defend Suh for that unnecessary block in the thigh of that olineman. Lions have moved the ball up and down the field but keep shooting themselves in the foot. AP had a 78 yard run on the first play but is routinely getting tackled for a loss since. Slay looks bad. Delmas needs to grow the hell up and play football.

  6. funktron2x says: Sep 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    It wasn’t a db, and Suh was actually in front of Sullivan when he went for the block. still not real smart, but that’s football.

  7. patriots123456 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    And Suh had a players only meeting about taking bad penalties… LOL

    KARMA

  8. fringetastic says: Sep 8, 2013 2:51 PM

    Suh really earned that Captain title, huh?

  9. thekiy says: Sep 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Being a Lions fan is like being an abused wife. Ups and downs, years of emotional damage, but I keep coming back for more!

  10. canadianvikingfaniii says: Sep 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    That first half was hard to watch. Some good on both teams, but a whole lot of bad and just stupid mistakes and decisions. Ex: Suh and Delmas’ fouls, Ponder telegraphing his throws with his receiver stare downs.

    Sad knowing that you can see when Ponder will throw a pick before he even throws.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    Uhhhh… But wasn’t he saying the other day that… Oh he’ll never mind, nobody really believed it anyway

  12. nickynick04 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    Seriously……The Vikings are simply ” Pathetic ”
    How in the name of God can Viking fans talk smack. Seriously, the Vikes are NOT even a Good football team they are a BAD football team.
    AP had one run…then went like minus 8 yards on 8 carries
    And the Vikes trash talk others OMG They are so much

  13. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    At this point, besides one good run, Peterson has 9 carries for -5 yards. 

    …I mean… Give that man some more PEDs!  

    ________________________________

  14. coachkilla6 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:22 PM

    AP All Day? More like AP One Play!

  15. emoney826 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    Minnesota looks pathetic on offense and defense. I love the look on Jennings face whenever Ponder throws him a terrible pass. He’s thinking “I left the best QB in the league for this guy?” Priceless.

  16. emoney826 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    If it weren’t for Simpson and APs one good run, their offense is non existent.

  17. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    nickynick04 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 3:09 PM
    Seriously……The Vikings are simply ” Pathetic ”
    How in the name of God can Viking fans talk smack. Seriously, the Vikes are NOT even a Good football team they are a BAD football team.
    AP had one run…then went like minus 8 yards on 8 carries
    And the Vikes trash talk others OMG They are so much
    —-
    Seriously…I mean…seriously…wow someone is…seriously….ugh….seriously.

    Get a life man

  18. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:43 PM

    keep bashing the vikings packer fans, they can still win this game

  19. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 4:24 PM

    No. No they can’t.

  20. gb4mn0 says: Sep 8, 2013 4:30 PM

    vikequeens looked great. Give them the Lombardi…………………..HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  21. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:25 AM

    That play by Suh is why he shouldnt be a captain. It was so stupid and unnecessary, not to mention couldve ended dude’s season or career.

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