Here are reactions to notable moments during Sunday’s Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens game, compiled by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.
Silverdome survives, Lions don't
The Pontiac Silverdome is in better shape than the Detroit Lions' playoff chances after the Lions lost, 44-20, at Baltimore on Sunday afternoon.
Back in Michigan, in what's become a cruel metaphor for Lions (6-6) ineptitude, The Silverdome stubbornly refused to succumb to demolition on Sunday morning, an eyesore of a reminder that when the Lions are involved, nothing goes right.
The Ravens (7-5) jumped out to a 20-0 lead by halftime. The Lions dominated the third quarter, 13-0, but they ran out of gas and allowed 24 points to Baltimore in the fourth to snuff out the comeback bid.
The Lions actually slightly out-gained the Ravens, but three costly turnovers, one a pick-six, doomed Detroit.
The rushing woes continued, as the Lions could only manage 78 yards on 24 attempts for a measly 3.3-yard average.
Joe Flacco snapped out of his slump with a 23-for-36 performance, totaling 269 yards and touchdowns, shredding a Lions defense that has looked disorganized for weeks now.
The teams entered with identical records, both looking for playoff spots, but leave with very different scenarios. At the end of the 1:00 p.m. window of games, the Lions were tied with three teams for eighth in the NFC with basically the top six making the playoffs. The Green Bay Packers won, tying them with the Lions for second in the NFC North, a full four games behind the Minnesota Vikings.
The Lions are running out of time with only four regular season games left, their next on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Tampa Bay (4-8).
Lions lose to Ravens, 44-20
Alex Collins scored his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter to put the game and probably the playoffs out of reach for the Lions:
Justin Tucker stretched Baltimore's lead back to two scores with a 51-yard field goal, his third of the day, to put the Ravens up 30-20 with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter:
Detroit got creative in the end zone by passing to backup middle linebacker Nick Bellore for his first career touchdown. It brought the Lions back within a score, 27-20 in the fourth quarter:
Alex Collins put an end to 13-straight Lions points with this touchdown run, his third of the season, to put the Ravens up 27-13 in the fourth quarter:
Tion Green contributed to Detroit's comeback effort with his first career touchdown. After Matt Prater missed the extra point the score was 20-13 for Baltimore in the third quarter:
Theo Riddick made it a 13-point game on Detroit's first possession of the second half, his third score of the season:
Justin Tucker hit his second field goal of the game to put the Ravens up 20-0 right before halftime:
A simple fullback route into the flat befuddled Lions defenders, leading to Patrick Ricard's first career touchdown, giving the Ravens a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. Ricard is also listed on Baltimore's roster as a defensive lineman:
This Benjamin Watson touchdown reception was the 41st of his career and put Baltimore up, 10-0, in the second quarter.
The numbers didn't favor the Lions after they allowed a field goal on Baltimore's first possession to go down, 3-0:
Despite a slim chance of making the playoffs, Detroit fans were optimistic before the game:
The day got off to an inauspicious start for the Lions when their former home refused to go down: