The Detroit Lions are still on the fringes of the NFC playoff race, going into Saturday’s game versus the Chicago Bears with a 7-6 records. With a national showcase (Thursday Night Football on Saturday!) for a must-win game, the Lions finished off a 10-play, 92-yard drive with a three-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to T.J. Jones for a 13-0 lead.
But as exciting as the touchdown was for the Lions, the real highlight came when Jones celebrated with his fellow receivers in the end zone. If this football thing doesn’t work out for T.J. Jones, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick, they might have a future on Broadway with the Rockettes.
Think that’s a joke? Watch the Lions kick out the jams for their touchdown celebration:
Besides the Lions’ synchronized high kicks, the highlight of that touchdown drive was Stafford completing a 58-yard bomb to Marvin Jones after escaping the pass rush, scrambling out to the right and unleashing that bazooka arm down the field. Jones out-jumped Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson for the reception.
Three plays later, Stafford hit Jones for Detroit’s first touchdown of the game and for just a moment, the Ford Field end zone became Broadway.
The Lions added to their lead in the third quarter, thanks in large part to Darius Slay intercepting Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on the Bears’ third play of the second half.
Taking over at the Chicago 41-yard line, Detroit completed a nine-play scoring drive with an eight-yard pass to tight end Eric Ebron (who’s become a reliable receiving threat ever since there was talk about the Lions getting rid of him at the NFL trade deadline). Those were legitimate cheers for Ebron, not sarcastic ones!
Detroit leads Chicago, 20-3, in the fourth quarter. The Bears threatened to cut their deficit to 20-10, but Trubisky was intercepted in the back of the end zone by Quandre Diggs.
UPDATE: The Lions weren’t done dancing early in the fourth quarter. Golden Tate caught a short pass from Stafford and juked Kyle Fuller near the line of scrimmage. Following an 18-yard run, Tate channeled his inner ballerina and performed a pirouette on the sideline.