October 10, 2011, marked the first Monday Night Football game that would be taking place inside Ford Field. The Detroit Lions played host to their NFC North division rival Chicago Bears. It was the Lions’ first MNF appearance since Week 4 of the regular season in 2001 against the St. Louis Rams.
Detroit went onto win the game by a score of 24-13. They got big game efforts from running back Jahvid Best, who rushed for 163 yards with a touchdown on 12 carries. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught five passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. The Ford Field crowd was rocking all night long and even caused a total of nine false start penalties on the Bears’ offense. With so much hype surrounding a football game in Detroit for quite sometime, it was nice to see the Lions perform well on such a big stage and get the win.
The victory pushed them to a 5-0 start that helped propel the Lions to their first playoff appearance this century. It also snapped a six-game losing skid against ‘Da Bears.’
The intro by legendary running back Barry Sanders to begin the MNF festivities gave people goosebumps. It seemingly made the excitement grow that much more for the game that was about to be played. The crowd was in it from the opening kickoff and didn’t let up. It was a good night to be a Detroit Lions fan that night, especially knowing that your team was playing on a national stage and people all around the world were watching.