Motor City bliss

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

For far too long, the Detroit Lions have been unwatchable, literally the case yesterday for many football fans in the Motor City.

Turns out it was the worst possible time for a TV blackout.

Playing solid defence and riding the poise of rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Lions ended their 19-game losing streak with a 19-14 win over the awful Washington Redskins.

With a less than a sold-out crowd at Ford Field, the monumental win may have been witnessed by fewer than any of the games in the skid that dated back to Dec. 23, 2007. And it couldn't have rained on a drier spot.

"We not only got the monkey off our back, we got King Kong off our back," Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. said in the locker-room. "I think we've got enough talent to turn it around and be a threat."

Easy there, Mr. Auto Baron, things aren't turned around just yet. But your team is 1-2 and the old Tampa Bay Buccaneers can rest easy -- their NFL record 26-game losing streak is safe.

"I'd like to get to the point where a regular-season win isn't celebrated so much," rookie Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said.

They'll get the chance next week against the Chicago Bears.

Purple gain

No one takes ordinary to extra ordinary in one series like Brett Favre, who looked like an old quarterback for much of yesterday's near loss against the San Francisco 49ers. His passes were off, he took delay-of-game penalties and he seemed genuinely frazzled by the attacking San Francisco defence.

All was forgotten, though, when Favre connected on one of his most impressive game-winning touchdowns in a career full of them. Favre's 32-yard desperation toss and an all-world grab by Greg Lewis at the back of the end zone with two seconds remaining, gave the Vikings a 27-24 win.

Booed earlier, Favre was the hero again. And as if the story isn't juicy enough, Favre plays the team that made him famous a week from tonight when the Green Bay Packers travel to the Twin Cities.

Not so slick

Perhaps Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was ticked at Michael Vick's pre-game comments which stopped just short of "gimme the ball." More likely, he was impressed with the performance of injured Donovan McNabb's replacement, Kevin Kolb.

Whatever, former jailbird Vick received only spot duty in his first game in 1,001 days. Vick ran once for seven yards and was 0-for-2 in passing. After spending 18 months imprisoned for dog fighting charges, Vick's appearance was met with a partial standing ovation from the crowd in Philly. Vick was in the game for 11 plays, 10 as quarterback, in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quick kicks

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady looked more comfortable than in the first two weeks, with a solid outing in yesterday's win over the Atlanta Falcons, but it now has been 602 days and counting since he has hooked up with Randy Moss for a touchdown ... Falling to the Packers makes the St. Louis Rams the NFL's new biggest losers. That's 13 in a row for the Lambs.

ROB.LONGLEY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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