Keeping the Lions on Thanksgiving might not be the best thing for anyone’s appetite.
The Bears and Lions entered the Turkey Day showdown with three victories combined, and came out with a total turkey game. Chicago took home a 16-14 victory when the bell rang when Cairo Santos kicked the winning field goal from 28 yards.
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Usually the games going all the way are exciting, but the NFC North showdown was just the opposite – it was a sloppy duel, and the fans reached their breaking point long before arguing with their crazy uncles in the game. desk.
The Lions have now lost five straight Thanksgiving games and their 14 points scored are the team’s lowest on Thanksgiving since they scored 12 against the Packers in 2009. The NFL fans who were sitting on it were, understandably , shortly before storming the NFL headquarters in New York to get the league to stop the Lions from ruining another Thanksgiving:
the NFL requires us to see the Lions on Thanksgiving EVERY YEAR because of “tradition, tradition, tradition.”
then they make up new shit rules every year like “tease”
– Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 25, 2021
If they didn’t want him to pass out early on Thanksgiving, they wouldn’t put the Bears / Lions game on at noon.
– McNeil (@ Reflog_18) November 25, 2021
It was a low-light festival of epic proportions.
Here are some of the bad, weird, and neglected Lions moments Thursday that made Lions and Bears fans thankful that the game ended before dinner time:
The coin toss debacle
The 2021 Thanksgiving game had a combined 617 yards of offense and just 26 points, and got off to a somewhat unfavorable start: After Detroit won the coin toss and postponed it, the Bears what’s more tried to postpone kickoff, which is, well, something you can’t do in the National Football League.
The Bears started the game with the ball, by the way.
Nothing like a good helmet to get the blood pumping. A punt bounced off the head of Bobby Price, who would have died on the spot had it not been for a Bears penalty off the play.
12 men in the field – in a PAT
What is there to say?
After the Lions’ second TD of the day, Detroit was flagged by too many men on the field at the extra point attempt. How does that happen? The play was understandable and quite roasted by Fox announcer Joe Buck.
“I guess they’re not used to scoring touchdowns,” Buck said, prompting a real laugh from Troy Aikman.
Joe Buck unapologetically roasts the Detroit Lions after they somehow managed to get penalized for having 12 men on the field in an extra point attempt. pic.twitter.com/RWvqjY4nSr
– The big advantage (@TheBigLead) November 25, 2021
Three penalties in a row in the fourth
With the Lions trying to lengthen their 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter, the Lions were slapped with a false start and back-to-back hold calls, finishing with a third and 32. Coincidentally, that would be the second third and 32 in the I play for the Lions.
… And consecutive time-outs for a penalty
Icing on the terrible Thanksgiving cake: The Lions called for consecutive timeouts in the final two minutes, which is something you can’t do, earning the Lions a 5-yard penalty. It mattered: It gave the Bears a much more manageable third down in the red zone, which they converted. Chicago then ran to the end of the clock before kicking the game-winning field goal on the last play of the game.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.