Wednesday was Lions night on NFL Network.
After the premiere of Barry Sanders’ “A Football Life,” the network replayed the Lions’ final-play loss to the Colts.
The next program, “Sound FX,” opened with sound bites from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson during that heart-breaking 35-33 loss.
The five-minute segment showed the two players’ reactions to a few of the key plays, but the trash talk from Colts cornerback Vontae Davis stole the show.
As Davis walked into the tunnel at half, he said to Stafford and Johnson, “You better tell that defensive front we won all our games in the fourth quarter.”
Johnson and Stafford laughed.
“We beat Green Bay. They (were) up 20,” Davis said.
Stafford replied: “Make sure you just hold on for the ride with that big fella (Johnson).”
Davis and the other Colts cornerbacks could barely hold on as Johnson finished with 13 catches for 171 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown.
The Colts, however, had the last laugh, and Davis reminded Johnson of their comeback ways when the two lined up before a fourth-quarter play.
“I told you we ain’t going nowhere. Even when we do we win in the fourth quarter,” Davis said.
“We do, too,” Johnson said.
“Then why are we 7-4?” Davis said.
Some of the reactions to Johnson’s best two catches were a little comical.
Before his 32-yard, one-handed catch along the sideline in the second quarter, Johnson was on the sideline and said he should run a 9-route any time the safety wasn’t providing help.
That’s exactly what happened on the incredible catch that led to a Mikel Leshoure rushing touchdown.
“You’re a bad man,” Stafford told Johnson after the drive.
“Boy, you are crazy. Good job, man,” reserve offensive lineman Dylan Gandy said.
Even one of the water boys chimed in.
“Hey CJ, I could’ve caught that too,” he said, to which Johnson laughed.
Before Johnson’ s 46-yard touchdown, Stafford told him in the huddle to run a deep post. It turned into a broken play with Johnson running along the goal line, and he was clearly impressed with Stafford’s pass.
“You ripped that,” he told the quarterback. “I seen that come out like it’s 10 feet high the whole time.
Johnson kept talking about the play.
“Did y’all see the trajectory of that ball though?” he said to Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles. “That thing got no higher than 15 feet.”
To someone else: “Bro, i ran from here to there to there and then back to there.”
Then a Lions staff member told Johnson he saved the ball from the touchdown because it tied Pat Studstill’s NFL record of five straight games with 125 receiving yards, which surprised Johnson and proved how focused he was on the game.
However, the clip ends with Andrew Luck’s walk-off touchdown pass and shows Stafford on one knee with his hand over his mouth, displaying the shock of everyone at Ford Field.