The Detroit Lions hosted the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football at Ford Field. After seizing a late lead, the Lions fell to the Ravens 18-16 thanks to a 61-yard field goal from Justin Tucker and a subsequent interception from Matthew Stafford.
With the loss, the Lions now sit at 7-7. They lost control of their own playoff destiny, now trailing both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. It was the fourth loss in five games for the Lions after a promising 6-3 start.
Detroit stays at home to face the 5-9 New York Giants next Sunday. It's another must-win game to keep the playoff fire flaming with reality.
A few quick notes about the grading criteria:
- Grades are scaled to player expectations. For example, Devin Taylor recording a sack and a tackle for loss will rate higher than Ndamukong Suh doing those same things.
- Impact plays weigh heavily, both positive and negative. Touchdowns, key stops on third downs, contested catches to extend drives and forced turnovers are huge positives.
- Penalties automatically cost a half-grade, unless the infraction is a clear fabrication on the part of the officiating crew. It's surprising and disturbing how frequently that seems to happen.
*All statistics are courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise noted.