Next up in the 2014 POD Awards is the category for the Detroit Lions' Game of the Year. Here are the nominees:
The story of this game was the Lions' defense. They opened the game with a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and they later added a safety. When you think about it, the score in this game was really Detroit offense 10, Detroit defense 9 and Green Bay as a whole 7. It was a one-sided, dominant victory for the Lions.
The Lions began a streak of comeback victories with a pretty remarkable rally against the Saints. Down 23-10 late in the fourth quarter, the Lions got their comeback rolling with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate. Then, following an interception by Glover Quin, the Lions completed their comeback with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller.
This was a memorable game for a few big reasons. For starters, it was played at Wembley Stadium in London. On top of that, it kicked off at 9:30 a.m. ET. It was odd to watch football so early in the day, and it was actually a pretty depressing experience at first with the Lions trailing 21-0 at halftime. In the second half, however, the Lions rallied and won on a 48-yard Matt Prater field goal as time expired. The kick followed a missed field goal that didn't count thanks to a delay of game penalty, which simply added to the drama that surrounded this victory.
Lions 20, Dolphins 16 (Week 10)
After the bye week, the Lions returned to action with their third comeback win in a row. This time, Theo Riddick caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford with only 29 seconds left in the game to put the Lions ahead.
Lions 16, Vikings 14 (Week 15)
Keeping with the comeback theme, the Lions went down 14-0 in this game. They managed to cut the deficit to 14-10 by halftime, and they cut it down to 14-13 in the third quarter. In the final quarter, the Lions completed their comeback with a 33-yard field goal by Matt Prater. His kick gave the Lions the lead, and it came after Jason Jones blocked a Minnesota field goal on the previous drive. The game actually came to an end with a Minnesota field goal attempt from 68 yards out, but the kick thankfully didn't have the distance.