Lions Fail to Clinch Playoff Spot; Fall to Cowboys in Dallas 42-21

Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys

Matthew Stafford lost to his hometown team again, and the playoff plans are on hold for the Detroit Lions.

Dez Bryant threw his first career touchdown pass between a pair of scoring catches, Ezekiel Elliott ran for two TDs and the Dallas Cowboys kept the Lions from clinching a postseason spot with a 42-21 win Monday night.

Despite a second straight loss following five consecutive victories, Detroit (9-6) still controls its postseason fate. The Lions will be at home against Green Bay (9-6) with the NFC North title at stake in the finale Sunday.

“It’s a one-game season,” Stafford said. “If you told me in Week 17 we would have a game at our place and got a chance to win the division, I’d take it all day.”

Stafford, a championship-winning high school quarterback in the Dallas area, had a 1-yard scoring plunge , but was sacked four times — matching a season high — almost two years after losing a wild-card game at the Cowboys.

He was 26 of 46 for 260 yards, including an interception that set up Elliott’s 1-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to break a 21-all halftime tie.

With home-field advantage already wrapped up, the Cowboys (13-2) didn’t let up in their seventh straight home win while matching their franchise record in victories, reached two other times.

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Bears at Lions NFL Week 13 Capsule

CHICAGO BEARS (3-9) AT DETROIT LIONS (8-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BEARS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 97-71-5  
STREAKS   6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 5-3 Jim Caldwell: 4-1
LAST WEEK W 26-6 vs. San Francisco W 28-13 at New Orleans
LAST GAME 10/2/16: Lions 14 at Bears 17. Chicago QB Brian Hoyer passes for 302 yards & 2 TDs for 120.1 rating. Bears WR Eddie Royal has 7 catches for 111 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/15: Lions 37, Bears 34 (OT). Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passes for 405 yards & 4 TDs for 117.7 rating. Lions K Matt Prater has 27-yard GW FG in OT.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 135 (Chi), 81 (Det). XM: 383 (Chi), 225 (Det).

STATS

PASSING Matt Barkley: 45-87-589-3-4-65.7 Matthew Stafford: 291-433-3224-21-5-100.5
RUSHING Jordan Howard (R): 181-883-4.9-5 Theo Riddick: 92-357-3.9-1
RECEIVING Cameron Meredith: 38-516-13.6-2 Golden Tate: 65-762-11.7-3
OFFENSE 348.2 337.3
TAKE/GIVE -9 +6
DEFENSE 326.8 354.8
SACKS Willie Young: 7.5 Kerry Hyder: 7
INTs Tracy Porter: 2 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 43.5 Sam Martin: 48.6 (2L)
KICKING Connor Barth: 64 (22/23 PAT; 14/18 FG) Matt Prater: 101 (23/25 PAT; 26/29 FG)

NOTES

BEARS: QB MATT BARKLEY had career-high 97.5 rating last week. Has 508 pass yards (254 per game) in past 2…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 117 yards & 3 TDs in Week 13 & became 5th rookie in Bears history with 3 rush TDs in single game. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs with 883 rush yards & 5 rush TDs. Had 111 rush yards in last meeting…WR JOSH BELLAMY had career-high 93 rec. yards last week. WR EDDIE ROYAL had 7 receptions for 111 yards & TD in last meeting. TE ZACH MILLER had TD catch in last game vs. Det…DE AKIEM HICKS has 4 sacks & FF in past 4. LB LEONARD FLOYD leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Had 2 sacks & safety in Week 13. Has 3 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. NFC North. LB WILLIE YOUNG has 6.5 sacks in past 8. Rookie LB NICK KWIATKOSKI had career-high 9 tackles last week. CB HAROLD JONES-QUARTEY aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 7+ tackles…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 916 pass yards (305.3 per game) & 7 TDs in past 3 vs. Chi. Has 14 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 104.2 rating in past 8…RB THEO RIDDICK had rec. TD in Week 13. Since 2014, leads NFL RBs with 12 TD catches & ranks 3rd with 167 receptions…WR GOLDEN TATE has 628 rec. yards (89.7 per game) & 3 TDs in past 7. Since 2013, ranks 3rd in NFC with 318 receptions. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 4 rec. TDs in 6 home games with Det. Since entering NFL in 2003, ranks 3rd with 13,627 rec. yards…DE KERRY HYDER has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. NFC North. DE DEVIN TAYLOR has 6.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7 at home. CB DARIUS SLAY aims for 8th in row with PD. Has 12 PD & sack in past 5 vs. Chi. S GLOVER QUIN has 2 INTs in past 3 at home vs. Chi. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among NFL safeties with 16 INTs. S TAVON WILSON has INT in 2 of past 3. Rookie S MILES KILLEBREW had 1st career INT last week.

What if the Lions Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Lions will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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No Comeback Needed; Lions Beat Up Saints 28-13 in New Orleans

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Lions beat the mistake-prone Saints, 28-13 on Sunday.

Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point lead. The Lions, who’ve won seven of eight, dominated statistically, but four opportunities inside the New Orleans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, allowing the Saints (5-7) to stay close until the fourth quarter.

This time, however, the Lions pulled away for their most comfortable victory of the season after seven previous victory margins of one to seven points.

The Lions also became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from completing a touchdown pass, although tight end Coby Fleener had a pass bounce off his hands at the goal line. Brees finished 31 of 44 for 326 yards and was intercepted three times, once each by Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew.

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Late Turnover Helps Lions Overcome Vikings 16-13 in Thanksgiving Thriller

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

In a wild Thanksgiving affair marked by defense, the Detroit Lions once again came from behind after trailing in the fourth quarter, topping the Minnesota Vikings 16-13.

Darius Slay picked off Vikings QB Sam Bradford in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, and Matt Prater nailed a 40-yard field goal at the buzzer to send the Lions to the win to put them at 7-4 on the season, dropping the Vikings to 6-5.

Down 13-10 in the fourth quarter, Lions QB Matthew Stafford led the team on a drive which concluded with a Prater field goal to tie the game with 1:45 to play.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, instead of playing for overtime, let Bradford go for the win, and it cost Minnesota as Slay picked him off near the sideline, and a few knees later Prater nailed the winning kick.

“He’s as good as they come in those situations,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Slay. “He’s kind of a riverboat gambler.”

The Vikings free fall continues, as they have lost five of their last six, and they are now looking up at the Lions for first in the NFC South.

Stafford was 23-for-40 passing for 232 yards and a touchdown in the win. Prater nailed three field goals, and Anquin Boldin had seven grabs for 69 yards and a score in the win.

Golden Tate added seven catches for 77 yards for the winning Lions.

The Vikings offense continued to struggle, as Bradford was held to 224 yards passing, but hit on 31-for-37 passing with the key interception.

Minnesota had 306 yards of offense, but managed just 13 points, and a key stat was they were just 2-for-10 in third down conversions.

“We had to keep playing but we didn’t make enough plays,” Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

The Lions defense was the story, playing a bend but don’t break type of game that included them stepping up on third downs stopping the Vikings in just about every key situation.

They seem to be a team ready for a playoff run, and this season with the Packers struggling and the Vikings now in a major slump, the NFC North is theirs for the taking.

They have a great shot to get to 8-5 next week as they travel to New Orleans to play the Saints next Sunday at 1pm.

Lions Top Jaguars 26-19 to Move to 6-4

Jacksonville Jaguars v Detroit Lions

Eric Ebron had a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19 Sunday.

Ebron’s first carry of his career, a handoff as he went from left to right after lining up as an off-the-line tight end, was set up by his career-long, 61-yard catch.

The Lions (6-4) have won five of six despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game. For a change, Matthew Stafford didn’t have to lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Jacksonville (2-8) has lost five straight.

The Jaguars had a chance to force Detroit to punt, or to go for it on a fourth-and-3 from their 46. Nose tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, though, was penalized for encroachment on a play in which Stafford probably didn’t intend to have the ball snapped.

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Jaguars vs Lions NFL Week 11 Inactives

Jaguars: LB Dan Skuta, OT Jeremiah Poutasi, QB Brandon Allen, WR Bryan Walters, CB Josh Johnson, DT Richard Ash, DE Chris Smith

Lions: LB DeAndre Levy, OT Cornelius Lucas, WR Corey Fuller, RB Justin Forsett, OL Joe Dahl, DT Tyrunn Walker, CB Adairius Barnes

Lions Ink Gunner Don Carey to a One-Year Deal

Don Carey

Two months after signing Sam Martin to a four-year contract extension, the Lions inked gunner Don Carey to a one-year extension this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The deal, which includes a $375,000 signing bonus and $975,000 base salary, will keep Carey in Detroit through at least the 2017 season.

Under general manager Bob Quinn, the Lions have placed a high emphasis on special teams.

They made Johnson Bademosi one of their first signings in free agency last year — Bademosi and Carey form one of the NFL’s best coverage duos — and they made Martin one of the highest-paid punters in the NFL.

Martin leads the league with a 45.4-yard net average.

“We have consistent players across the board on the interior, and then we have some outstanding players on the edge like Bademosi and Don, who make it easier for guys like us to be consistent,” linebacker Brandon Copeland, another core special teams player, said of why the Lions’ punting unit has been so good this year. “Obviously, to me, special teams is very important, so I call that guy right there, Don Carey, a star, in my book.”

Carey, 29, has a team-high seven special teams tackles this year and also has played a handful of snaps as a nickel cornerback.