Back in May, the NFL announced they would start adding classic games to YouTube, in accordance with their new agreement with the video website. Here's the details as outlined by the NFL's press release:
As part of the renewal, and for the first time ever on YouTube, the NFL will make available some of the most exciting games in NFL history. Three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 clubs in the NFL will be posted to the NFL’s official channel on YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Things have been quiet since that May press release, but all of a sudden, this website showed up. Each team's logo leads to a Facebook page where fans can vote on five memorable games of that franchise's history. Presumably, the top (three?) vote-getters will be uploaded to YouTube prior to the beginning of the 2016 season. Here's a look at the options for the Detroit Lions as offered by the Lions' official Facebook page.
1. 1991 NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Cowboys (Lions win 38-6)
Though the game itself was not too exciting, this game remains the only playoff win in the Super Bowl era for the entire franchise. Erik Kramer blew up the Cowboys secondary, completing 29 of 38 passes for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns. Surprisingly, Barry Sanders had just 69 yards rushing.
2. 1983 Week 13 vs. Steelers (Lions win 45-3)
I'm not entirely sure what makes this game special other than the final score and the fact that it happened on Thanksgiving. Granted, this is the Lions' third biggest victory in franchise history. Facebook bills it as the game in which Billy Sims ran for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, which is good, but, mind you, in his first career game he ran for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns, so they really seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel here. This shouldn't be your pick unless something else happened in this game, but the New York Times recap of the game doesn't mention anything out of the ordinary.
3. 1997 Week 17 vs. Jets (Lions win 13-10; Barry gets 2,000 yards)
This is all about Barry Sanders. In the final game of the season, in front of the home crowd at the Silverdome, Sanders became the third player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards for one season. Obviously, this is one of the biggest moments in Lions modern history, but there is something else special and awesome about this game. Lions fans nearly cost the team a penalty for being too loud when the Jets had the ball. The important moments are actually already on YouTube.
4. 2009 Week 11 vs. Browns (Lions win 38-37)
Rarely is there an all-time memorable moment in the midst of a 2-14 season, but Matthew Stafford did something in this game that will never be forgotten in his, or the Lions' entire lifetime. Down 37-31 with just seconds left on the clock, Stafford heaved a Hail Mary toward the endzone only to have it fall incomplete. Stafford never saw the ball fall to the ground, as C.J. Mosley slammed Stafford into the turf, shoulder-first. The injury would end the rookie quarterback's season, but Stafford also did not see the pass interference flags fall to the ground.
After the Browns called a boneheaded timeout, Stafford -- determined to help a 1-8 team get back on the winning side -- threw the game-winning score with a separated shoulder and a microphone tucked beneath his jersey. The epic moment created one of the best NFL Films "Sound FX" segments of all time.
5. 2013 Week 8 vs. Cowboys (Lions win 31-30)
With 42 seconds left in the game, the Lions found themselves down 30-24 and facing a 0.00% win probability. What followed was a quick-strike dissection of the Dallas secondary. 40-yard pass to Kris Durham, 22-yard completion to Calvin Johnson. Despite what one offensive lineman believed, the game wasn't over yet, though. It took one more bit of Stafford Magic to seal the game for the Lions: an impromptu sneak over the offensive line and scamper into the endzone. Somehow, miraculously, Stafford was mic'd up for this game, too. Oh, and Calvin put up a ho-hum 329 receiving yards in the game.
To vote for your choice, head over to the Lions' Facebook page. But before you go there, tell us who you're voting for in the poll below and in the comment section.