The Detroit Lions have been a really nice NFL story since around this time last year. On Thanksgiving Day in 2022, the decades-long strugglers gave the Buffalo Bills all they could handle before falling to a 28-25 defeat. It was one of only two losses in their final 10 games of last season.
In the first 10 games of this season – and with their annual Thanksgiving Day game coming up on Thursday – the Lions have, again, only lost twice. And the way they continue to win is establishing them as way more than a cute story.
Dan Campbell's Detroit Lions are firmly in the Super Bowl conversation.
They signalled their intent in Week 1, of course, heading into Arrowhead Stadium and taking down the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on opening night. And this weekend, they showed great resilience to eventually tame the Chicago Bears; moving to 8-2 for the first time since 1962.
Jared Goff had arguably his worst game as a Lion, throwing three interceptions to leave Detroit staring at what would have been a disappointing defeat. The Lions were down by 12 with three minutes remaining but Goff and the offense refused to crumble. In an intense pressure situation with no room for error, Detroit and their quarterback delivered.
Goff threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams and the Lions defense quickly got the ball back on Chicago's next drive. Down 26-21, Goff took just over two minutes to move Detroit 73 yards in 11 plays, stealing the game on David Montgomery's one-yard touchdown run with just 29 seconds remaining. That lead was padded with Goff's two-point pass to Sam LaPorta and a safety following a strip sack by Aidan Hutchinson. After looking like they were going to blow a game, the Lions ran out 31-26 winners.
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