Preserving the Lions on Thanksgiving won’t be finest for anybody’s urge for food.
The Bears and Lions entered the Turkey Day matchup with three wins mixed, they usually exited with a complete turkey of a recreation. Chicago took dwelling a 16-14 win on the buzzer when Cairo Santos kicked the profitable area objective from 28 yards out.
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Often, video games that come right down to the wire are thrilling, however the NFC North matchup was something however: It was a sloppy snoozefest of a matchup, with followers reaching their breaking level lengthy earlier than they argued with their loopy uncles on the dinner desk.
The Lions have now misplaced 5 straight Thanksgiving video games and their 14 factors scored is the bottom by the group on Thanksgiving since they scored 12 vs. Packers in 2009. NFL followers sitting by means of the affair have been, understandably, simply in need of storming the NFL’s headquarters in New York to get the league to cease the Lions from ruining one other Thanksgiving:
the NFL forces us to observe the Lions on Thanksgiving EVERY SINGLE YEAR due to “custom, custom, custom”
then they make up bullshit new guidelines yearly like “taunting”
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 25, 2021
In the event that they didn’t need you passing out early on Thanksgiving they wouldn’t put the Bears / Lions recreation at midday.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 25, 2021
It was a low-light pageant of epic proportions.
This is are just a few of the unhealthy, bizarre and sloppy moments from the Lions on Thursday that had Lions and Bears followers grateful that the sport ended earlier than dinnertime:
Coin flip debacle
The 2021 Thanksgiving day recreation had a mixed 617 yards of complete offense and simply 26 factors, and it bought off to one thing of an inauspicious begin: After Detroit received the coin toss and deferred, the Bears additionally tried to defer the kick-off, which is, effectively, one thing you can not do within the Nationwide Soccer League.
The Bears began the sport with the ball, by the best way.
Nothing like ol’ helmet doink to get the blood pumping. A punt caromed off the pinnacle of Bobby Worth, which might have been useless on the spot had it not been for a Bears penalty away from the play.
12 males on the sphere — on a PAT
What’s there to be mentioned?
Following the second Lions TD on the day, Detroit was flagged for too many males on the sphere on the additional level try. How does that even occur? The play was understandably and pretty roasted by Fox broadcaster Joe Buck.
“I assume they’re simply not used to scoring touchdowns,” Buck mentioned, which earned a real Troy Aikman chortle.
Joe Buck unapologetically roasts the Detroit Lions after they in some way managed to get penalized for having 12 males on the sphere on an additional level attempt. pic.twitter.com/RWvqjY4nSr
— The Huge Lead (@TheBigLead) November 25, 2021
Three straight penalties within the fourth
With the Lions making an attempt to lengthen their 14-13 lead within the fourth quarter, the Lions have been slapped with a false begin and back-to-back holding calls, ending up with a third-and-32. Coincidentally, that will be the second third-and-32 within the recreation for the Lions.
…And back-to-back timeouts for a penalty
The icing on the horrible Thanksgiving pie: The Lions referred to as back-to-back timeouts within the ultimate two minutes, which is one thing you can not do, which earned the Lions a 5-yard penalty. It mattered: It gave the Bears a way more manageable third down within the pink zone, which they transformed. Chicago then ran down the clock earlier than kicking the game-winning area objective on the final play of the sport.