Man, we’ve missed the glorious voice of Detroit Lions radio play-by-play announcer Dan Miller.
For the first two weeks of the season, the Lions have given Miller little to work with. Lowly efforts against the Jets and 49ers left the Lions radio announcer, along with the rest of Lions fans, despondent and unenthusiastic.
But Sunday night’s dominant win over the Patriots injected adrenaline into the heart of Detroit like they were in a Tarantino movie.
As a result, our radio calls series is back, and we get to listen to some sweet, sweet “TOUCHDOWN DETROIT LIONS” calls from Miller. For those that haven’t been listening to the radio, this will also be your first chance to catch Lomas Brown in the booth as the team’s official color commentator from now on. Let’s get to it.
Play 1: Kenny Golladay puts the Lions up 10-0
Early in the game, it was hard to tell what exactly was going on. The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Detroit got an early lead in both of the previous two games. We had no idea what was to come, but when Kenny Golladay scored, you could feel something special may be brewing. Take it away, Dan:
Play 2: Matthew Stafford connects with Marvin Jones Jr. for 33-yard bomb
By far the most beautiful play of the night, Detroit stopped New England’s third-quarter momentum with this perfectly laid ball from Matthew Stafford. At this point in the game, the crowds was bumping, Miller was feeling it, and Lomas Brown was getting noticeably amped. This radio duo could be bringing some fire this year. Check it out:
Play 3: Big Play Slay
A good football fan knows to never count out Touchdown Tom, but when Darius Slay grabbed this poorly thrown ball, the game was pretty much over. The Lions were about to do something no one who watched this team through two weeks reasonably expected.
“The damage is done, that’s a BIG TIME pick from Darius Slay.”
Play 4: Kerryon Johnson hits the century mark
A 10-yard run on third-and-15 will typically elicit boos from the home crowd, but on Sunday night, it drew a standing ovation from Ford Field. With a relatively meaningless 10 yards, Kerryon Johnson pushed his rushing total to 101 on the day, making him
the greatest Lions running back of all time the first to hit 100 yards since the 2013 season.
Because the run didn’t mean much in terms of the outcome of the game, Miller is a bit subdued in his call, but the background noise of the crowd roaring as they realized what just happened is enough to elicit chills.