The Detroit Lions have done the seemingly unthinkable by winning three straight games, and two consecutively on the road in the "southern peninsula." Taking the "road field" advantage in southern Florida is serendipity indeed for this road-weary Detroit Lions fan.
Once again, the Detroit Lions proved to the rest of the NFL that the opponent must stay battle-focused for 60 minutes or more if they are going to beat the former "OwenXVI Champions" from the 2008 campaign, a season growing more distant in the rear-view mirror by the moment.
The Detroit Lions received solid contributions from tight end Brandon Pettigrew and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. And even though Chad Henne had a higher completion percentage than Lions' second-string quarterback Shaun Hill, it was actually Henne's "lack of accuracy" that doomed the Dolphins to their seventh loss at home on their 2010 season.
The Dolphins hadn't lost two games consecutively during the 2010 season, but that changed, much to Dolphins fans' chagrin, this past Sunday on a sunny but windy afternoon at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Dolphins ran for more yards than the Lions.
The Dolphins threw for more yards than the Lions.
The Dolphins possessed the football for one-quarter's worth more than the Lions.
The Dolphins also had two more interceptions than the Lions, which proved to be the difference in the margin of victory with less than three minutes remaining in the contest.
The Badger made the Wolverine pay the final price, which was more than worth the price of admission in the handicap accessible seats in section 103. Sitting next to Detroit Lions linebacker coach Matt Burke's dad made the afternoon simply wonderful.
The Lions' victory over the Dolphins made the 3,000 mile round trip worth all of the discomfort!
Enjoy the pictorial, Detroit Lions fans!
This venue would serve as the Detroit Lions' second home-away-from-home in the state of Florida during the 2010 football season.
The atmosphere is good for being artificially imported into a parking lot, but lacks the vibe of the city that Detroit Lions fans are accustomed to down on Brush Street, not far from the corner of Gratiot and Brush.
Although there were empty seats to be found at Sun Life Stadium, there was no shortage of sunshine or enthusiasm, as both teams were well represented by their respective fan bases.
Bobby Carpenter, No. 59, enjoyed a team high eight tackles and one assist in a hard-faught victory against his former employer. Sammie Lee Hill and Ndamukong Suh lead the charge up front, with Carpenter and DeAndre Levy raking and scraping all day long.
Shaun Hill once again did enough to win, mostly by not throwing any interceptions, on Sunday afternoon, December 26, 2010.
Despite throwing for less than 54 percent of passes completed, Hill was effective in playing his part in the Detroit Lions second-consecutive road win on the 2010 campaign.
Since the Detroit Lions are without official cheerleaders, we'll have to borrow the gals from south Florida for the time being.
Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill delivers the ball to Calvin Johnson to keep the Lions going and in the game.
Detroit Lions' veteran running back Mo Morris got the job done on Sunday afternoon, as this touchdown run was an integral part of the Lions' success.
The Detroit Lions got outgained on the ground and in the air, but in the end it didn't matter, as Chad Henne found a way to keep the Lions in the game by throwing two critical interceptions that ultimately led to the Dolphins' demise.
Cliff Avril, Ndamukong Suh, Bobby Carpenter, and Amari Spievey are all trying to get to the ball carrier where the Detroit defender already has him wrapped up.
Detroit Lions' defensive tackle Corey Williams and outside linebacker Bobby Carpenter converge on Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams.
The Lions defensive line and linebacker corps worked in tandem all afternoon to help provide victory for the Detroit Lions faithful.
The Detroit Lions defense was animated all day long on Sunday, December 26, 2010. DeAndre Levy is getting the troops fired up to execute the next defensive play.
Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh appears to be the victim of holding, allowing Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown to elude Suh's grasp before running into veteran defensive tackle Corey Williams.
Every time Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahvid Best touches the football, he is a threat to score from anywhere on the football field. Sunday, December 26, 2010 was no different, as Best took a short pass from quarterback Shaun Hill 53 yards for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
Detroit Lions second-year tight end Brandon Pettigrew had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on the day after Christmas 2010.
Instead of taking the photo of Brandon Pettigrew crossing the goal line, I celebrated like a fan first and then caught his celebration. Great pass, catch and run for a score that got Detroit Lions fans totally fired up!
These cheerleaders I have responsibly borrowed to cheer for the Detroit Lions immediately following Brandon Pettigrew's touchdown catch. They were very nice to honor my request.
DeAndre Levy, partially obscured behind the goal post, is returning his interception of Chad Henne.
Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long has been flattened on this play, which is exceptionally wonderful now that his days in Ann Arbor have concluded.
Detroit Lions second-year "middle line Badger" DeAndre Levy kept his eyes on the ball in his zone and an errant Chad Henne pass, his second of the afternoon, proved to be the margin of victory for the Lions.
There were plenty of Detroit Lions fans on hand to witness the Lions' road victory over the host Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins fans were a classy group who represented their team well, behaved well when holding the lead and were gracious in defeat. How a group of fans behave after a loss says a lot about them and the Dolphins fans had absolutely nothing to hang their heads about after the game.
Did I mention the Detroit Lions do not have an official cheerleading squad? At Ford, quality is job one.
It was nice to win a game I predicted the Lions would win back on July 25, 2010!
GO LIONS WIN! Did anybody mention that cheerleader thing?