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Last Saturday (August 15th) saw them open their 2009 campaign with a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons.
It was to be a rare taste of victory for the 34,000 fans in Ford Field as they gained their first glimpse of new quarterback and number one draft pick, Matthew Stafford, in action.
Stafford had a pick-n-mix kind of day and the long-suffering Lions’ fans had to wait until three-seconds from time before kicker, Jason Hanson, capped a nine-play, 44-yard drive with a 47-yard field goal to seal a 27-26 win. The victory will leave Lions fans smiling for all of five minutes as the contemplate an NFC North division that has suddenly got quarterback rich. The arrival of Jay Cutler at Chicago, and the off-on-off-on again arrival of Brett Favre in Minnesota adding to the growing maturity of Favre’s Green Bay replacement Aaron Rogers.
It all adds-up to what is sure to be another tough and gritty NFL season for the hapless Lions, who must surely improve on last season’s woeful record.