Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola have played 249 NFL games between them. Saturday was the first time either one of them had played in a playoff game.
After such a long wait to play a meaningful game in January, they were both hoping to experience a larger sample size than just one-and-done.
Being eliminated from the playoffs so quickly is a bitter pill to swallow for both of them.
“I am 34 years old,” Backus said. “It is a step, but I would rather mature during the process of making it through the playoffs instead of just making it one and done.
“I don’t think anybody expected tonight to be our last game of the season. We all had bigger goals I guess. I think everybody is extremely disappointed.”
That includes, Raiola, 33, who was drafted with Backus in 2001.
“It is hard to swallow right now,” he said. “We are in and now we are out.”
But Raiola doesn’t think this will be his last time in the playoffs.
“We will be back,” he said. “Hopefully we can do this at our place next year, but I don’t think anybody in this locker room is ready for this. It is just difficult right now.”
Not only were the Lions eliminated, but Backus said after the game that he tore the bicep in his right arm in the fourth quarter.
“Guy made an inside move and I went to go hook him with my arm and my bicep popped. It is pretty simple,” he said. “I knew right when it happened what happened. With the experience with my (pectoral), I knew what it felt like to tear a muscle and it was the exact same sensation.”
Backus missed half of training camp with a torn pectoral muscle.
It will be interesting to see if the Lions start to address the their age at left tackle and center in this year’s draft or through free agency.
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