News had a similar paragraph(s) on the true cultural change from old
It wouldn’t be out of place to suggest the defining trait of the Lions during their decades of ineptitude has been their inability to overcome self-inflicted (or officiating) mistakes.
But under coach Dan Campbell, that script is well on its way to being flipped. In this one, the first half couldn’t have ended much more poorly than it did for the Lions. After driving into the red zone, there was the botched snap that hit motioning tight end Brock Wright, followed by Marvin Jones losing the first fumble of his career.
Then, on defense, the Lions allowed a third-and-17 conversion, and let the play beat them twice, when the Chiefs ran a quick snap and got 26 more yards against the rattled secondary. One play later, they’re in the end zone, capping off a 14-point swing before halftime, knowing they’d get the ball to start the third quarter.
That’s where the wheels would have come off for the Lions of old, but not this bunch. They overcame that sequence, two coverage communication snafus that resulted in Chiefs touchdowns and some other physical and mental errors, to hang tough in the most challenging road environment imaginable.
You hear this saying all the time: Football is 90% mental.
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