But the win was just as dispiriting for Detroit Lions fans, in part because they thought their team had such a good chance at victory over Peyton Manning, who's looked vulnerable and ancient at times during the early portion of the season.
He hardly seemed invincible last night, either. But Manning, bolstered by the Broncos' astonishing defense, managed to do just enough to eke out a W, with the clincher being a rainbow to tight end Owen Daniels that was absolutely perfect in its imperfection.
During and after the game, Lions fans vented their spleen on Twitter — and counting the number of profanities is a good way to gauge their frustrating at the Lions, the Broncos and one PFM.
Count down our fifteen favorites below, illustrated with images from the game.
Fucking Peyton manning.....how?— Nate Beaver (@leavITtoBEAV) September 28, 2015
Peyton Manning so fucking good— Steezus Christ (@oscarmadera_) September 28, 2015
Peyton Manning in his Nation Wide commercials voice: the Detroit Lions suck real badddd.— Samuel Adkins (@samadkins15) September 28, 2015
Broncos suck. Lions suck. Go out and watch the #LunarEclipse instead.— Mark Van Baale (@markvanbaale) September 28, 2015
People complaing about lions, I still lost to Manning in league so fuck off— Kellen Huber (@cavemankellen) September 28, 2015
Fuck Papa John, fuck his pizza and fuck Peyton Manning #Lions— A2ron (@Aaron1686) September 28, 2015
The Detroit Lions fucking BLOW!!! Matt stafford do us all a favor and get out of town please— Mario Sandiha (@MarioSandiha) September 28, 2015
I'm so fucking angry. Trying to find something to throw so I don't break my fucking phone. #DetroitLions— Matt II (@The_Mattoo) September 28, 2015
The Detroit Lions are fucking TERRIBLE! Caldwell sucks. Matt Stafford is a loser. A fucking LOSER! 4,000 yards every year, can't win shit.— Steve Kenna (@Got1Hand) September 28, 2015
I fucking hate Peyton Manning— Gesus (@ThehomieGerardo) September 28, 2015
@PerSources14 what do you expect it fucking Peyton manning lol— carelessworld937 (@WakeYoGameUp937) September 28, 2015
Owen fucking Daniels bruh? That's the play? I hate you Peyton Manning.— Drew. (@DrewHowFly) September 28, 2015
Peyton Manning should play the fucking lottery, tonight...My God the catches these guys are making on these horrible under-throws are nuts.— colby (@tvttedwhiteboy) September 28, 2015
First thing my dad tells me when he gets back from the Lions Broncos game "not a fucking word Faye " I told him to beat traffic— Faye Saad (@FayeSaad) September 28, 2015
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Broncos win again, lions still suck, what's new. Night fam— Amy Capinegro (@ammmayyy) September 28, 2015