Found January 02, 2012 on
It's Always Sunny in Detroit:
Lions running back Kevin Smith caught one of Matthew Stafford's five touchdown passes in Sunday's 45-41 loss to the Packers. As you'll see, Smith caught a dump pass over the middle and took a vicious hit from Packers DB (double connotation) Jarrett Bush as he crossed the goalline. Despite the result of the play (six points on the scoreboard), Bush felt the need to stand over and taunt Smith as he caught his bearings. It was quite apparent that Smith was a little dazed While the hit appears to be clean, Lions Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson took exception to the bush league antics (see what I did there?).
Smith's helmet took a pretty good licking against Bush's helmet/shoulder pads. The result of the play was obviously six points for the Lions, but also a cracked helmet for Kevin Smith, which you can see here...Photo propers to Tim Twentyman
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The Detroit Lions had a great 2011. They finished the season with a 10-6 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Detroit wont, however, remember the first day of 2012 very fondly. The Lions lost to the Packers 45-41 on Sunday, but had a couple of tough calls go against them that clearly could have made a difference in the outcome.
The most damaging was a play...
Maybe one day in the next few weeks coach Jim Schwartz will sit back and marvel at everything the Lions have accomplished this year.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz faces the challenge of getting his team turned in the right direction.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers tight end Jermichael Finley believes that Sunday's 45-41 win over Lions without Aaron Rodgers and other key starters playing will send Detroit into the playoffs "with a little limp." But Finley almost left the game with more than a little limp.
A play by Lions defensive end Cliff Avril had Finley questioning the motivations of Detroit'...
The Lions and Saints will put two of the NFL's highest-scoring offenses on the field in Saturday's wild-card playoff game in New Orleans. But with everything riding on one game, teams can be more conservative in the playoffs. Lions coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't go so far as to say playoff teams are conservative, but he also didn't say he expected any shoot-outs.
Calvin Johnson Receiving yards Sunday, giving him 1,681 for the season, five shy of Herman Moore's 1995 team record. But he is the first Lions receiver with two 200-yard days and extended his team record with his 16th TD catch. Ndamukong Suh
The Detroit Lions will enter Saturday night's post-season tilt at New Orleans in good health.
The Lions and Saints will meet for the second time this season at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 7.
Spags is my #1 choice for the next Lions head coach--and he ought to be yours, too. That was the closing line of my fifth post ever, the "To Whom it May Concern" for Steve Spagnuolo. I tagged him “Candidate 1A,” thanks to his impressive track record of coaching up defensive backs and harnessing pass-rushing talent. He also had experience in player personnel...
Their first game, a 31-17 victory by the Saints, featured explosive QBs (Drew Brees threw for 342 yards while Matthew Stafford had 408) and tempers (Detroit was penalized 11 times).