The Detroit Lions set an NFL record on Sunday, but it’s not the kind you want to be setting as a franchise in this league. After their 42-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Lions have now become the first team in NFL history to lose four consecutive games in which they’ve held a double-digit lead, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Although the final score indicates a game that was never competitive, the Lions held a 14-3 lead early in Green Bay, before allowing the Packers to score 31 straight points and absolutely run away with the game in the second half.
Last week, the Lions blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing the Bears to score 21 straight points.
Going back to last year, Detroit had a 14 point lead at halftime over the Packers in the season finale. But after being outscored 20-3 in the second half, Detroit again saw victory slip through their hands.
Finally, back in Week 16 in Denver, Detroit jumped out to a 10-0 lead early in the game. They would score just seven more points down the stretch, while the Broncos added 27 to their score.
At the end of Sunday’s game in Green Bay, Lions head coach Matt Patricia just didn’t have an answer for the team’s consistent letdowns after positive starts.
“We’ve got to use that momentum, and we’ve got to keep it going,” Patricia said after Sunday’s loss to the Packers. “Certainly in a year that’s a little bit unusual, but that energy, that focus, all of it. It’s just got to come through for 60 minutes. We can’t ride the wave of the game. We can’t go up and down.”
The Lions have now lost 11 total games in a row, and with an 0-2 start in the division, they’re already in a massive hole for the entire season.