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.
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.
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.