After getting a decisive statement victory over the Giants last Sunday, a very Atlanta response would be dropping the follow-up against the Lions, if for no other reason than to give all the pundits. who just started to grudgingly give the Falcons credit, a reason to doubt them anew.
The Falcons clinch home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs with a win tonight. Knowing how the media typically handles this team, that will surely mean a pointed discussion of the last time Atlanta clinched home-field – in 2010, when they got wiped out by the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers in the divisional round.
Fresh off getting destroyed by the sorry-ass Cardinals, Detroit has little motivation beyond getting Megatron the single-season receiving yards record. Calvin Johnson needs 182 yards over the final two games to get the mark. Or, if he’s feeling especially measty, he could put up 333 yards to be the first receiver to break the 2,000-yard mark. Though knowing how the NFL gets ever more friendly to the passing game, 2,000-yard seasons from receivers should become a regular thing within a few years.
Finally, in news from the last era during which the Lions were occasionally relevant, former All-Pro tackle Lomas Brown on Friday admitted to purposely missing blocks so that Scott Mitchell got hurt.
“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee. We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ … So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger … and he came out the game. Dave Krieg came in the game. We ended up losing that game, 27-24.”
I’m sure not a single Lions fan who was around for those mid-’90s teams blames Lomas in the slightest.