Lions’ Matt Patricia explains decision to trade Golden Tate

It’s no surprise that Matt Patricia’s press conference today featured questions about the decision to trade Golden Tate. Not only is Tate a fan favorite, but he’s also been a productive member of the team since signing back in 2014.

Patricia kicked the presser off with a statement about the trade and then opened it up to questions.

The first question was a zinger, asking why the decision was made to trade Tate while the Lions are only 1 game back in the NFC North.

Patricia defended the decision saying the move should be taken as a sign of faith in the players still with the franchise.

As you’d expect, Patricia was eager to move on from questions about Tate and focus more on this week’s upcoming game with the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings.

If you’re interested you can watch the entire press conference:

Check out the bonus content below in preparation for this Sunday’s matchup between the Lions and the Vikings.

Bonus Content

Today in Detroit Sports History – October 31, 1993 – Detroit Lions storm back to shock Vikings

25 years ago today, the 5-2 Detroit Lions traveled to Minneapolis to take on the 4-2 Minnesota Vikings. A pivotal NFC North battle ensued that would pave the way for the Detroit Lions to march their way to the playoffs. WR Herman Moore would turn out to provide a memorable catch in this contest.

This incarnation of our loveable Lions had an offensive attack led by Barry SandersHerman Moore, and Rodney Peete. Sanders, Detroit’s all-time leading rusher, was not the catalyst in this game. The Vikings had Sanders hamstrung as it was their game plan to stop him. Barry had 64 yards on 16 carries, 42 of them on one play.

Minnesota went into halftime with a 17-13 lead on the back of Sean Salisbury’s two touchdown throws, one to A.C. (Anthony Carter) and Cris Carter. Detroit’s lone 1st half touchdown came on a “Big Play” Willie Clay 39-yard fumble return. The offense was sputtering.

The 3rd quarter was not much better for our Lions as they gave up 10 more points while only running 12 offensive plays. At the end of the 3rd, Minnesota held a 27-13 lead. The game was out of Detroit’s hands.

Then the 4th quarter happened. On the first play from scrimmage, QB Rodney Peete rolled out and fired 40 yards downfield to a wide open WR Herman Moore, who took it the rest of the way for a 93-yard touchdown. The longest reception of Moore’s career.

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