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Unsung hero of the week: Audible Dong to the rescue

In a game that was within one possession late in the fourth quarter, one doinky boi could have made the difference for the Lions.

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The Lions won against the Cardinals. For a franchise that has such an extensive history of losing you’d think people would be more excited about a win, but there were mixed reactions to the Lions pulling out the win. There seems to be a growing crowd in favor of tanking, a silly tactic that has no proven success. As Herm Edwards put it, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME,” and although it was an ugly win, the Lions got the job done on Sunday.

We saw some great performances: Jarrad Davis was a David Johnson-seeking missile all day. We saw some familiar faces: Ezekiel Ansah missing playing time with a shoulder injury. But most importantly, we witnessed another appearance from the Lions’ special teams MVP this year.

Unsung hero of the week: the left upright

Hear me out on this one; I’m not just milking Lefty’s performance from the Bears game for this award. He only had one blocked field goal on Sunday, but it made all the difference in a game that was within one possession with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. It should be noted that while the legendary Chris Berman coined the term ‘doink’ back in the day, we here at Pride of Detroit think the uprights make more of a ‘dong’ sound, hence the term “audible dong.”

The box score makes the game look more one-sided than it was, as the Lions scored a late touchdown as Zach Zenner pounded out 42 yards to run out the clock. Both teams found halftime with a combined 3 points thanks in part to Lefty’s defensive stand, and that field goal would have really changed things down the stretch.

Who knows whether the Cardinals settle for a field goal if they’re down 10-3 from the Lions’ four yard line late in the fourth? Who knows whether Steve Wilks leaves the offense out on the field rather than sending out the punting unit as he did so many times, to the audible dismay of the Cardinals faithful.

While I’m confident the Lions would have still pulled out the win against a young and mistake-prone Cardinals team, it could have been a much closer and more stressful game down the stretch had it not been for Lefty’s unsung heroics. While his performance in the Bears game may have been a lost cause, his valiant efforts proved worthwhile in Sunday’s game.

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