After his Detroit Lions delivered their final disappointing performance in a season full of them, coach Jim Schwartz lobbied for another chance.
Adrian Peterson watched the final game of Minnesota’s disappointing season from the sideline, with a groin injury keeping him out.
Will they or won’t they?
Some analysts, like Jay Glazer, going out on the line predicting this will be Schwartz’s final performance with the team.
The Metrodome might not be the only recipient of the post-game goodbyes.
For Schwartz, the day of reckoning passed.
Sunday was a tough day all-around for Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
“His knee and his ankle, his ankle was an issue last week, and it was an issue all week this week. He tried to contribute what he could.”
Asked after the game if he responded to fans before overtime, Schwartz said no, but he condemned the booing.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham did not explain how he believed the game might change without Cruz, but he cautioned that Cruz is not the only one to whom Manning can throw.