It's a common belief that, although the pre-season is insignificant in the long run, the second to last contest is the most important.
On Saturday, the Detroit Lions apparently took it seriously.
It was the most impressive performance by Harrington this pre-season, and the most impressive for his team.
Detroit, which tallied its second pre-season win versus one loss, received solid performances from several players, including rookie running back Avon Cobourne (7 carries, 49 yards), wide receiver Charles Rogers (4 receptions, 52 yards) and cornerback Danny "Blue" Adams (3 tackles, 1 interception).
Harrington led three scoring drives in the first half, including a fourth-down touchdown strike to wide receiver Scotty Anderson in the red zone. Detroit entered halftime harboring a 13-10 advantage.
Backup Mike McMahon played the rest of the contest, leading three scoring drives as well, including a one-yard touchdown scamper and a 32-yard completion to Anderson (3 receptions, 72 yards, 2 TD's).
Detroit's defense limited a potent Browns air attack to 195 passing yards, and the ground game was held to just 59 total rushing yards. Cleveland's starting quarterback Kelly Holcomb tossed for 130 yards on 14-of-21 passing.
Saturday's contest was critical for several players on the bubble, who may have witnessed their last opportunity to stick with the team, or grab the attention of another ball club.
On Tuesday, the Lions must shed 15 players to reach the 65-man roster limit. On the first of September, the team must select 5 players to their practice squad, and report their 53 active man roster to the league.
In-depth analysis and bubble report from Lions' insider Mike Fowler coming soon!