Detroit Lions Robbed against New York Jets, But It Was an Inside Job

November 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Lions were nursing a slim lead late in the football game. They held the ball and needed to only eat some more clock before relinquishing the pigskin with a punt deep into their opponent’s territory.
They do that, and victory would almost certainly be theirs.
Suddenly, the addled quarterback faded back to pass.
“What is he doing?” the Lions Hall of Fame linebacker asked on the sideline as he watched in horror as the play unfolded. “Why is he passing now?”
The pass on the muddy field in Green Bay was intercepted. After a long return and a few obligatory running plays, the Packers’ Paul Hornung kicked a chip-shot field goal and the Lions, victory once so close, let the game slip through their hands.
That was the scene in Green Bay in October, 1962, when the Lions lost a gut-wrencher that effectively killed their Western Division title hopes. The loss divided the offense and the defense. Defensive tackle Alex Karras, in a bli...

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