Live tweeting in the Lions 40-32 victory of the Bears was surely a task, as the contest generated huge buzz from start to finish.
Early Tweets came rampantly – critiquing the execution of Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford. One tweet read, “Stafford has the accuracy of Connor Cook.”
The Lions, much like in week one, appeared to move the ball down field with ease, despite some inaccuracy of Matt Stafford and a lack of execution in the red zone. The Twitter response by Lions fans was that three points is not enough, as the Lions settled for field goals on three consecutive drives and still trailed 10-9.
Lions return-man Micheal Spurlock received his fair share of Twitter-hate for consistently taking the ball out of the end zone, rather than taking a knee for a touchback. That all stopped though after he took a 58-yard punt return to set up great field position. Matt Stafford got himself trending after fumbling a QB sneak into his own hands for the Lions’ first touchdown.
Reggie Bush capped of the next offensive possession with a 37-yard touchdown. The Lions’ offensive line received some praise on Twitter for opening holes for Bush to rush for 112 first-half yards. Reggie also got some Barry Sanders comparisons, and was congratulated for his great performance by Number Twenty himself on Twitter shortly after the game.
The second-half was a snoozefest for Lions fans until Ndamukong Suh picked up a sack and forced fumble which was recovered by Nick Fairley for a defensive touchdown. Although the sideline celebration generated more Twitter buzz than the play itself.
The Lions still struggled with closing out the game. A few untimely turnovers by the Lions and two touchdowns by the Bears made the score look a lot closer than it actually was. Best of all, the Lions had only three penalties for 25 yards, so nobody on Twitter was calling for Jim Schwartz to be fired or for the owner to step down.
The Lions (3-1) now share the top spot in the NFC North with the Bears. They head to divisional-rival Green Bay next week, in hopes of winning their first game at Lambeau Field since December 1991.
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