Definition of wasted effort: Trying to pre-write a game recap for this game in the fourth quarter.
Did you think I was going to say the Lions' miracle comeback attempt, in which they scored two touchdowns in about a minute of game time, only to lose on what is now being called a play that should never have happened?
Well, it didn't result in a win, but I would hardly call it wasted effort. The Lions made an incredible, if lucky, effort to even make this game go as long as it did.
But then, that's sort of missing the point, isn't it? Really, this game should not have come down to this. The Lions were, on paper, the better football team, and were, in reality, mostly dominated on both sides of the ball.
The Titans scored almost twice as many points in this game as they did in their first two games combined. While you can certainly say Jake Locker grew up a little in this game, it's yet another scathing indictment of the Lions defense, which seemed incapable of getting a stop with anything other than a fluky turnover.
But enough of that. I'm sure we're all emotionally drained (and by the way, the Vikings beat the 49ers, so there's that, too), so let's all take a look at the winners and losers from this one, and hope our hearts don't have to go through too many more of these stress tests.