It's a day of firsts for many Lions. Jim Schwartz. Matthew Stafford. The new uniforms.
The game's national anthem singer stood at midfield with a malfunctioning microphone for about 30 awkward seconds, then was handed one that worked only intermittently.
The sparse crowd at Ford Field helped out by singing along during the odd scene.
However, Detroit did get off to a solid start against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener for both teams.
The Lions forced Atlanta to punt on its first possession, then drove down the field and kicked a field goal to take an early lead.
The game can be seen on CBS (Channel 62 in Detroit) at 8 p.m., but you can find out what happened before it's on TV here at freep.com.
You can hear the game on WXYT-FM (97.1)."