Throughout their 4-12 season, the Lions maintained they were a far better team than their record indicated. Statistically, they're right. Detroit ranked in the middle to upper part of the NFL in several key categories that proved it possessed the talent to win.
When Lions' KR Stefan Logan took a knee at his own 4-yard line on a punt that followed a safety late in Detroit's Week 16 loss to Atlanta, referee Gene Steratore told the Ford Field crowd that Logan had surrendered himself on the return. As it turns out, Logan didn't just surrender himself on the play. He also surrendered his job.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson made history Saturday night against the Falcons by breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yardage mark, but it wasn't as sweet as it could have been because, as usual, the Lions lost.
Against Green Bay, Detroit offered a national audience a glimpse of both the good play that reminds Lions' fans of the team's available talent, and the maddening, self-defeating errors that have led to the team's current five-game losing streak.