The Detroit Lions are the NFL’s First 0-16 Team

The Lions lost their season finale to the Green Bay Packers 31-21 to complete the league’s first 0-16 season. I don’t know if champagne bottles were uncorked in Tampa Bay or not, but now the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) are no longer the only team to complete an NFL season without a victory.

You knew it was going to be a long day for the Lions when they trailed 14-0 after one quarter, however Lions head coach Rod Marinelli’s troops stormed back to tie the game at 14-14 after three quarters.  The fourth quarter again proved to be the Lions doom as the Packers poured on 17 points to finish with a ten-point win.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the star of the game for Pack completing 21 of 31 passes for 308 yards and 3 TD’s.  For the Lions offensive threats RB Kevin Smith (28 rushes for 92 yards and 1 TD) and  WR Calvin Johnson (9 receptions for 102 yards and 2 TD’s) tried their hardest to avoid NFL infamy, but two turnovers (both interceptions by quarterback Dan Orvolosky) and defense that allowed 484 total yards were the NFL’s 2008 hard luck team’s undoing.

 It will be interesting to see how fast owner William Clay Ford removes Marinelli on Monday, which is “Black Monday” around the NFL for all of the coaches usually fired on the first day after the close of the regular season.  Well at least the Lions and their new head coach will have their options (Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, Georgia QB Mathew Stafford, Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, USC LB Rey Maualuga, and others) for the 2009 NFL Draft’s first player selected.

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