It is always frustrating after a loss. Fans of most franchises, the Lions in particular, tend to look for someone or something to blame. The Lions listless approach to playcalling and execution against the Pittsburgh Steelers led them to a 37-27 loss and dropped them to 6-4. That’s still good enough for first place in the NFC North, but not good enough for fans who were calling for heads to roll. As is almost always the case when a trick play fails and a team loses, fans have keyed in on one play in the Fourth Quarter as the turning point in the game. The timing is right. The Lions still led by four points that late in the game, and after that play the Steelers rallied to win by ten points. That’s about where it ends, however, as the Lions first attempt at a trick play on Special Teams in what seems like forever failed pretty miserably after Sam Martin picked up 3 of the 5 yards needed for a first down before fumbling the ball away. Taking the emotion out of the loss, it was a gutsy and questionable call, but not a terrible one. If the Lions had converted, they would have had a chance to go up by two scores late in the game. If they failed, the Steelers were pinned back near their own end zone with a ton of ground to cover. That’s what ended up happening, as the Steelers recovered at the 3 yard line. They would go on to drive 97 yards and score the go ahead touchdown. Matthew Stafford didn’t complete a single pass in the 4th Quarter, Calvin Johnson didn’t get a single catch the entire second half, and the defense was missing tackles like there was a going out of business sale at Sucktropolis that day. Yet, it is the failed Field Goal attempt that fans key in on. This is despite the deficit. Three points there still would have had the Lions losing by a TD, and going ahead in points tends to make opposing offenses pass MORE, not less, and the Lions secondary had more holes in it than a plot summary for Lost. There WERE worse plays in the game, and those are what I’m going to highlight here.