Goff says Thanksgiving game "best home crowd I've ever played in front of"


Jared Goff has started two home playoff games, and countless others as QB1 of a first-place team. Nothing compares to what he experienced last Thursday at Ford Field.

"That was definitely the best home crowd I’ve ever played in front of in my career," Goff said Tuesday on 97.1 The Ticket. "Being able to feel their energy and feel the fans and then that game going back and forth."

Goff and the Lions wound up on the wrong end of a 28-25 Thanksgiving thriller against the Super Bowl-contending Bills, but the atmosphere was as good as it gets from start to finish. The attendance of 66,553 exceeded 100 percent capacity and marked one of the biggest crowds in Ford Field history.

It also included a large contingent of Bills fans, who made themselves heard throughout the game.

Goff, who started 37 home games over his five years with the Rams, isn't just talking about his two seasons in Detroit. He reiterated that last Thursday's crowd, which was "loud on both sides of the ball," was the best he's heard at home in his "entire career, for sure."

And of all the places he's played, including notoriously rowdy places like Seattle and New Orleans in the playoffs, Goff said the noise at Ford Field "is right up there with anybody."

"It can be disruptive," he said. "It can do a lot of good things. I certainly can tell when we’re winning and doing some good things on offense, it definitely gets louder for the defense. It was a lot of fun playing in front of those guys."

Attendance for the Lions has spiked in year two under Dan Campbell. They've averaged 97.6 percent capacity in six home games this season, 18th in the NFL and up from 79.9 percent (31st) last season.

The Lions will be back at home Sunday against the Jaguars, the second of a three-game homestand that concludes next week against the Vikings. At 4-7 and on the fringes of the playoff race, they need all the support they can get.

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