One of the Detroit Lions' own representatives sees the harsh reality: "Their critics won’t let them forget. That’s for sure," columnist Mike O'Hara posts Sunday night at the team website.
He writes frankly about a 27-27 tie with the Cardinals in the season opener in Glendsale, Ariz.
It goes in the record books as a tie, and it’s in the standings as a tie for both teams, but for the Detroit Lions it should feel like a loss.
And it a lot of ways, it was a loss. There isn’t an ounce of satisfaction for the Lions. They had a 24-6 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter and had shackled Arizona’s offense under rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.
All of it came unraveled in a rally by the Cardinals that came from nowhere. They scored a field goal, two touchdowns and a game-tying two-point conversion that sent the game into overtime. An exchange of field goals left the game in a tie – one that will haunt the Lions for days to come, and probably longer.
Reactions on Twitter are equally stark -- and more amusing.
Well on the bright side at least now we can’t go 0-16— Mike Adzima (@mikeadzima) September 9, 2019
I'm willing to uproot my family to a new city simply to have another NFL team. How's Boston this time of year?— Dustin P. Walsh (@dustinpwalsh) September 9, 2019
The Lions have ruined my Sundays for over 4 decades and I still get suckered every year. I hate them https://t.co/uiDyc25JKg— Brandon Dillon (@BrandonDillon75) September 9, 2019
We've been searching for the right GIF to post to describe what just happened. But it doesn't exist. The @Lions have stumped us all, yet again.— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) September 9, 2019
There is only one team in the NFL this would happen to.— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) September 8, 2019
FINAL: The Lions Lions’d, the Cardinals Cardinals’d, everyone’s unhappy and it’s all okay because one day the Earth will get swallowed by the sun and nothing will ever exist ever again— Detroit Free Press (@freep) September 9, 2019