1. The Lions made the most of what they could for offense
With Marvin Jones and Michael Roberts both out with injuries, the Lions had to make best with what they had on the roster. Kenny Golladay took full advantage of this as he had 113 yards receiving with an incredible touchdown catch to take the lead late in the game. Also, Kerryon Johnson was having a great game until he injured his knee, which left Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount to handle running back duties. The offense was only able to put up 20 points, but that is all they needed for victory.
2. The defense only had three sacks, but they were timely sacks
When the Lions defense got their sacks in this game, they ended up benefiting every time. Two of the sacks ended up forcing a punt, and the 3rd sack ended up backing up the Panthers try at a field goal attempt, which was then missed. Ziggy Ansah, Jarrod Davis, and Devon Kennard all accounted for these sacks. One thing that has been consistent with Patricia this year is blitzing the linebackers, which has led to a lot of them getting sacks this year.
3. The Lions did get lucky on that two point conversion
After the Panthers scored with 1:07 left in the game, everybody thought the Panthers would attempt the extra point to take the game into overtime. But, considering that Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point earlier in the game, head coach Ron Rivera decided to go for the two point conversion and the win. On this two point conversion, Cam Newton did have a receiver open on the play, but he just missed the throw. This ended up costing the Panthers the game and helped Detroit’s playoff hopes alive.
The Detroit Lions have been very odd this year. When they play teams that analysts and most fans think they are going to lose, they end up winning. But, then in games where the Lions should win or at least be competitive in, they end up losing. This victory keeps the Lions playoff hopes alive and makes the Thanksgiving game against the Bears their biggest game of the season. It’ll be very interesting to see what happens next for this team, especially considering how good the Chicago Bears have looked these past few weeks.
Panthers Re-Sign Eric Reid
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed veteran safety Eric Reid to a three-year deal worth more than $22 million and could raise the total value of the deal to $24 million, according to NFL.com’s Mike Silver.
Reid, 27, was set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, but will not test the open market, opting to stay in Carolina.
Reid collected 71 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception, and one sack this season for Carolina.
Panthers’ Cam Newton Provides Update on Shoulder
Newton played with the injury all season, though the Panthers downplayed it’s significance.
“It’s good. It’s good,” Newton said during an interview with 680 The Fan in Atlanta, h/t ESPN.
“It’s better than I thought it would be. With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what actually was wrong.”
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