The Detroit Lions dropped a heartbreaker to the Buffalo Bills in the first NFL Thanksgiving Thursday game, dropping them to 4-7 on the year.
Not only did the loss all but end Detroit’s awfully slim hopes of making the playoffs, but it also kept an incredibly embarrassing streak intact. As noted by Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus, Buffalo became the first team to win back-to-back games at Ford Field since 2016.
You read that correctly. The Lions have failed to win consecutive home games every season since 2017. Detroit won three straight home games in 2016 (Weeks 5 to 7), and their Week 11 and 12 home games.
The Bills, of course, won at Ford Field four days earlier against the Cleveland Browns, as the NFL had to relocate their home game due to a heavy snowstorm in Buffalo.
With the Lions on the road to play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Ford Field was available for the Bills. Josh Allen and company snapped a two-game losing skid by defeating the Bills 31-23.
The back-and-forth game saw Detroit kicker Michael Badgley tie the game with a 51-yard field goal with 28 seconds left. But the Lions left too much time for Josh Allen and company, and Bills kicker Tyler Bass made a 45-yard field goal in the waning seconds to help the visitors win a thriller 28-25.