The Lions 39
Ti Cats 36
At one point in the game the Lions were up by 19 points. I figured my predictions of a win by 3 TDs was in the bag but the Ti Cats had other plans. Burris was on fire in the second half. I thought he was done for the night when he was relieved by Porter earlier in the game.
The crowd was disappointing at barely over 25,000. Gore, one of the Lions best receivers, went down with a hamstring injury. Phillips went down with an ankle injury. He wasn't hit. He didn't tackle anyone. He was covering Stala. When Stala changed direction so did Phillips, only his right leg did not cooperate. You could see things did not look right on the replay. Lions coaching staff is "hopeful" but when I guy can't put any weight on the foot at all I'm not holding out a lot of hope Ryan will be back anytime soon. Personally, I don't think it's an Achilles tendon tear. If it were he'd still be able to put weight on it and perhaps even walk off the field on his own. I just hope it isn't a vicious fracture or some serious ligament damage.
The offense played well enough to wrack up 39 points and it would have been more since it was first and goal inside the 10 with less than a minute left. They played it smart and played for possession to secure the win.
The Ti Cat's Chevron Walker converted a 2nd and 10 into a 90 yard pass and run. What happened to the D?
Despite a slow start for Burris he still wracked up 359 yards passing. Burris did that? A guy who struggles reading the D and struggles adjusting when on the run? The Lions D is going to have to smarten up cause if there were still 10 minutes left in the game when the score was 39-36 the outcome might have been different.
For trivia fans out there: Since the newly renovated stadium opened last September 30 2011 the Lions have not lost at home! The last time the Lions played Hamilton it was in Hamilton and the Lions were blown out 42-10!