With Eagles, Sims finally breaks personal losing streak

Lions quarterback Shaun Hill watches his pass as he is hit by Ernie Sims in first quarter.
Lions quarterback Shaun Hill watches his pass as he is hit by Ernie Sims in first quarter.
Posted: September 20, 2010

DETROIT - The date was Dec. 23, 2007. That was the last time, before yesterday, Ernie Sims won a football game.

Sims' old team, the Detroit Lions, beat the Kansas City Chiefs that day, 25-20. But they lost the next week and, in 2008, they lost all 16 weeks. That made 17 in a row. The Lions won two games in 2009 but Sims did not play in either of them. Instead, he played in 11 losses. That made 28 in a row, and then came the Eagles' opening-game loss last week to the Green Bay Packers.

Twenty-nine in a row, then.

And over.

"He got up in front of us on Wednesday, the defense, and he told us how important this game was," Eagles safety Quintin Mikell said. "[He said] not to take them lightly because they're a good team and they're getting better. We wanted to get this win for him. It's important.

"You could see, with some of the cheap shots and all of that stuff, that it was personal. But we got the win for him and we're happy for that."

The final score was 35-32. The Eagles almost blew a big lead at the end, allowing two fourth-quarter touchdowns, which had to have set off flashbacks in Sims' head. But they held off the Lions at the end, and the stat sheet said Sims had five tackles, including the first tackle of the game, along with a quarterback hit and a pass defensed.

"It feels a whole lot different," Sims said. "I can't lie about that. It was a little awkward seeing them, going through that. But I'm with the Philadelphia Eagles now, we're 1-1, and we got our first win, and I'm excited about it."

As for 2007, Sims said, "I really don't think about how long it's been. I really go out every day, every practice, every game, and just try to do my job as best I can - and, at the end of the day, try to win. It doesn't matter how ugly it was or how pretty it was. It all came out that we won.

"It was kind of ironic that I got the first tackle of the game and it happened to be a pretty good lick. I was pretty excited about that. As the game kept going on, there were a lot of ups and downs . . . but we came out with the win."

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