Whenever there are theatrics during a Detroit Lions game, you know Dan Miller, the Lions’ official radio play-by-play announcer, is going to rise to the moment. He’s had some of the most iconic radio calls in Detroit sports history, as he always seems to have a firm grasp on the energy level of each play.
Sunday was no different for Miller. As the Lions somehow overcame a 98.7 percent loss probability, Miller was out there in Atlanta screaming his heart out as Detroit made their unlikely comeback.
Here are the best moments from the booth with him and Lomas Brown by his side (Reminder: We interviewed Lomas last week. Check out that podcast here.)
T.J. Hockenson 11-yard game winner
Why waste your time here? Let’s jump right into the juicy part. Miller perfectly sets up the situation, building an immense amount of tension and anticipation. And when Matthew Stafford finally connects, he responds with what is becoming a new catchphrase of his. “HOW BIG IS THAT?”
Take a listen:
Matt Prater’s game-winning extra point
This call may actually be better than the touchdown call. Miller expresses his anxiety about moving the extra point back because this was no gimme for Prater. And because nothing is stress-free in a Lions win, even the extra point comes with the added stress of a flag on the play.
“Is this game over or not?” Miller says with clear impatience and frustration in his voice.
But once the officials announced it was on the Falcons, Miller explodes.
“That’s it! This is over! Pack it up, boys, and come home. Come home with your second-straight win. Come home with a last-second victory over the Falcons. Come home at 3-and-3.”
WJR also has a full recap of the game with Miller’s calls of the most important plays. You can listen to that entire clip below: