The Week 15 edition of “Monday Night Football” was a pretty big deal as far as playoff positioning. Both the Ravens and the Lions needed a win to stay in the postseason race and remain in control of their own destinies. These two teams don’t see each other very often, so it was tough predicting what to expect during the game. In the end, we were treated to a hard-hitting matchup that was pretty entertaining to watch and competitive to the very end.
Let’s take a look at some of the key players and statistics from the game so we can see why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a glance forward to Week 16 to see what’s in store for each team’s immediate future.
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The Stars: It’s pretty obvious who is the star here. Tucker is now the franchise record-holder with his 61-yard boot and was the only standout in an otherwise “blah” offensive game consumed by decent defensive efforts on both sides and a few head-slapping penalties that would turn the tide for the opposition.
Reggie Bush (101 total yards, TD) and Calvin Johnson (six receptions, 98 yards) were the lone standouts for Detroit.
The Goats: The Lions are choking away their playoff chances. The NFC North was theirs for the taking, and they responded by losing four of their last five games. Stafford has 12 turnovers in that span, including three picks against the Ravens. His No. 1 receiver Johnson didn’t help matters, as his drops could have made the difference in the game.
Injuries: Flacco suffered a pretty ugly-looking hit in the fourth quarter, but he ended up being okay. The team may end up doing some tests on his knee to make sure everything’s good, though.
Detroit came out relatively healthy, but was missing Chris Houston and Darius Slay.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 16, both teams have late afternoon home games on Sunday. The Lions will welcome the reeling Giants (December 22, 4:05 PM ET on FOX) while the Ravens will host the Patriots (December 22, 4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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