The Dan Campbell era is officially upon us. Starting Sunday afternoon, the clock starts on a new Detroit Lions’ team. No longer will we have to dissect draft classes or free agency moves. We will no longer judge the players and coaches based on practices, exhibition games, or press conferences.
Sunday marks the first real test for Campbell and company. While first impressions aren’t everything, it’s hard not to look back on the initial test of the previous regime and recognize all the warning signs that were there.
That being said, this regime will have a much longer rope than their predecessors, and for good reason. This team has been stripped down to its parts and the rebuilding has only begun. Expectations are low, but this fanbase is also extremely hungry for signs that this is finally the regime that will bring something different—and hopefully soon.
So stick with us right here, as we provide live updates, highlights and any pertinent in-game news from the Lions’ Week 1 bout with the San Francisco 49ers.
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The Lions offense got the crowd fired up early. A 10-yard run from Jamaal Williams followed by a 22-yard pass play to T.J. Hockenson go the Lions in 49ers territory in just two plays. However, the Lions would only pick up 9 yards on the next three plays. That set up head coach Dan Campbell with his first difficult decision: attempt a 53-yards with new kicker Austin Seibert, punt, or go for it. The Lions opted to go for it, but Williams stumbled out of the backfield and lost a yard on the play, turning the ball over on downs.
But the offense got the ball right after Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled his very first snap of the game. Unfortunately, the Lions failed to take advantage. Detroit would stall quickly and have to settle for a 51-yard field goal. Seibert pushed it wide left, giving the 49ers the ball back right around where they turned it over.