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Lions vs Vikings: What Just Happened?

A collection of thoughts on the Lions’ final loss of the season

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Well, it’s over. This nightmare that really began in January of 2016 has finally ended with a 37-35 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions end the 2020 season with a 5-11 record. We can all wake up now. I guess the fear is that we all wake up and Johnny Depp’s car turns into Freddy Krueger and our mom gets pulled through the front door window. Maybe the nightmare never ends. Maybe there’s a full rebuild coming?

As always, I have thoughts on this game. These are those thoughts:

Thank you Marvin

Sunday’s game was probably the last game Marvin Jones will ever play for the Lions. He’s probably going to go join a team that can contend for a Super Bowl and I hope he gets a chance to win one.

Boy, did he leave with one hell of a performance. Jones caught eight balls for 180 yards and two touchdowns. It should have been three, but we’ll get to that later. If that’s the last time we see Marvin in Detroit, I think we all should head over to his Twitter and thank him for playing his ass off for the Lions and all the great moments he gave us.

Goodbye Matt

It’s really hard to say goodbye. Especially after you’ve spent so much time cheering on a guy that made so many plays. There were bad moments and there were good moments. We will never forget everything that he’s done for this team and for this city. Everyone has been trying to get me to get a grip and come to terms with reality. Matt is leaving and he’ll go on and be great somewhere else. I just wish it weren’t true.

So I guess I’ll just come out and say it. Goodbye Matt Nelson.

We did it!

The Lions defense set some records on Sunday. They set a franchise record for most yards allowed and then later they set a franchise record for most points allowed by a defense. The kind of stuff that makes you really proud.


Look, I’m not going to get too deep on this one. The Lions are constantly getting screwed over by controversial calls, but these were egregiously bad. Marvin Jones caught that ball. No doubt about it. That’s not the one I want to complain about, though. Obviously the call I want to talk about the most is the abhorrent roughing the passer call on Tracy Walker.

One of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long time. There was just nothing about this tackle that was malicious. He didn’t drive the shoulder, he didn’t land on Cousins hard and he didn’t do anything unsportsmanlike. It is truly sad that calls like this continue to ruin the game.

See you on the other side

I just want to thank everyone for reading WJH all season long and watching/listening/reading all our work in what has truly been a gut-wrenching season inside of a gut-wrenching year. You guys are the best.

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