On Thursday night during the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Lions fans took over Little Caesars Arena in the final minutes of the game. As captured by The Athletic’s Max Bultman, a “Jared Goff” chant started breaking out in the middle of the action.
LCA chanting “Ja-Red Goff” during the Red Wings game pic.twitter.com/OfJ1CxgQuF— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 26, 2024
It’s an incredible display of Lions fandom, as the city is eager to watch the team play in just the second NFC Championship in franchise history and first in 32 years. With a win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Lions would head to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
Ever since the Wild Card game against the Los Angeles Rams, Lions fans have made it a tradition to show their support for quarterback Jared Goff with these chants. At the time, it seemed like a way of sending a message to Matthew Stafford that the fans had moved on. It hadn’t happened before that game, but now it is happening several times a game—and apparently at other sporting events, too.
Without a doubt, Jared Goff is this city’s quarterback, and Detroit Lions fever is all over the dang city. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see something similar on Saturday, when the Detroit Pistons host the Washington Wizards at Little Caesars Arena at 12 p.m. ET or when the Wings return later that day at 8 p.m. ET.