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1/4/15. Wildcard Round. Lions at Cowboys. 4:40pm, Fox.

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The Lions travel to Arlington to try to slay the 600lb playoff gorilla on their backs.

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(11-5) @ (12-4)

Your Detroit Lions

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NFC Conference

Wildcard weekend

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Date: January 4th, 2015

Time: 4:40pm EST

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Television Broadcast Provided by:

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Lions can't keep up with hobbled Rodgers, lose composure and game

What happened: The Detroit Lions’ woes at Lambeau Field continue.

The Lions dropped a 30-20 decision to the Packers on Sunday to up their losing streak in the state of Wisconsin to 24 straight. In the process, the Lions (11-5) lost a chance at their first division title since 1993.

Critical turnovers and penalties, along with a second-straight week of poor special teams play, ultimately doomed the Lions.

They spotted the Packera a 14-0 lead on a 55-yard punt return touchdown by Micah Hyde and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb.

The Lions had gone a string of 43-straight games without giving up a punt or kickoff return touchdown before Hyde’s.

But like they’ve done so many times this year, the Lions found a way to battle back and make it a game.

The defense forced an Eddie Lacy fumble in the red zone, and the offense finally got themselves into the end zone with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson with 24 seconds left in the first half.

The Lions forced a three-and-out on the Packers first possession of the second half, a drive that was guided by backup quarterback Matt Flynn after starter Aaron Rodgers left with a calf injury late in the second quarter.

The Lions offense scored on a second-straight possession following the Packers three-and-out on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Johnson to tie the game at 14-14.

That’s as close as the Lions would get, however.

Rodgers returned to the game for the Packers’ second possession of the second half and he led them 60 yards (after the Lions sent the kickoff out of bounds following second touchdown) in just seven plays and hooked up with Cobb on a 13-yard touchdown to take a 21-14 lead.

The Lions had a great chance to get back into the game following a blocked 52-yard field goal attempt by Isa Abdul-Quddus trailing 21-14 that gave the Lions the ball at their 42-yard line with a short field to tie the game.

But then Joique Bell fumbled the ball away on the first play following the blocked field goal.

The Packers went 42 yards on nine plays after the Bell fumble and scored on a 1-yard sneak from Rodgers that essentially sealed the game for them.

The Packers later added a safety to up their lead to 30-14.

The Lions scored on a late Stafford to Theo Riddick 6-yard touchdown pass, but failed to get the two-point conversion to get them within one possession.

Stafford finished the game 20-of-41 passing for 217 yards with three touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 89.0.

His favorite target in the game was Calvin Johnson, who caught five passes for 34 yards and two scores.

The Lions are now the No. 6 seed in the playoffs and a road team the rest of the way. They’ll begin that journey in Dallas next weekend.

What didn’t happen: The Lions came into the game as the No. 1 defense in the NFL against the run. Their average of allowing 63.8 yards on the ground per game was the sixth-lowest total in NFL history.

All week the Lions talked about having to stop Packers running back Eddie Lacy to have a chance to win.

They didn’t. And they didn’t win.

Lacy finished with 100 yards on 26 carries and the Packers finished with 152 rushing as a team, the most allowed by the Lions defense this year.

The previous high was 132 yards recorded by the Jets in Week 4.

Lacy is the first 100-yard rusher the Lions have allowed all year.

Critical moment: Early in the fourth quarter the Lions trailed 21-14 and the Packers were looking to take a two-possession lead with a 52-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

That attempt, however, was blocked by Isa Abdul-Quddus, which gave the Lions offense the ball at their 42-yard line with a short field to put points on the board.

But Bell fumbled away the football on the very first play after the blocked kick and the Packers’ Morgan Burnett recovered it.

The Packers went 42 yards on nine plays after the Bell fumble and scored on a 1-yard sneak from Rodgers.

Instead of potentially going on a game-tying drive, the Lions found themselves down two touchdowns.

Key stat: 8 for 13

The Packers converted 8-of-13 third down attempts in the game. They came into the game converting better than 46 percent of their attempts, which was the fourth-best mark in the NFL.

The Lions were 4-for-11 on third down.

Key stat No. 2: 10

The Lions amassed 10 penalties for 53 yards. It’s been a problem all year and a lot of those came at critical moments for the Lions.

Play of the game: The Lions got on the board right before halftime on a nice pitch and catch from Stafford to Johnson for a 20-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left in half.

Johnson got inside leverage on the cornerback and Stafford rifled into Johnson’s numbers before the safety could get over to help.

The deep post has been a play the Lions have utilized with Johnson all year.

Player of the game: Aaron Rodgers, QB

Playing the second half on essentially one leg after aggravating a calf injury throwing a 4-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb late in the second quarter, Rodgers came back after missing two series and led the Packers on two second-half scoring drives to secure the Packers win.

Rodgers threw a 13-yard strike to Cobb for a touchdown and ran for a 1-yard score to help the Packers win their fifth-straight division title.

He finished the game 17-of-22 passing for 226 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing. His passer rating was 139.6.

Notes:

Welcome back to the NFL playoffs, Detroit Lions. The Lions ended a pretty lengthy playoff drought back in the 2011 season, but it took them a few years to get back to the postseason after that. This year, with an 11-5 regular-season record, the Lions secured their return to the playoffs by clinching the No. 6 seed in the NFC, and they're set to take on the third-seeded Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round.

Here's a look at the details for Sunday's game between the Lions and Cowboys:

Game time: 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Location: AT&T Stadium • Arlington, TX

TV channel: FOX

Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman (with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sideline)

TV coverage map: National broadcast

Online streaming: FOX Sports GO

Odds: Cowboys by 6.5

NFC North Final Standings:

Detroit (11-5) .688

Green Bay (12-4) .750

Minnesota (7-9) .438

Chicago (5-11) .313

Lions Injury News:

Larry Warford G Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out

Nick Fairley DT Knee Limited Participation in Practice Doubtful

Calvin Johnson WR Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Ezekiel Ansah DE Toe Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Darryl Tapp DE Not Injury Related Full Participation in Practice Probable

Cowboys Injury News:

DeMarco Murray RB Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable

Dekoda Watson LB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable

Nick Hayden DT Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Rolando McClain LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable

Jeff Heath S Thumb Full Participation in Practice Probable

Zack Martin G Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Tony Romo QB Back Full Participation in Practice Probable

Doug Free T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful

Josh Price-Brent DT Calf Full Participation in Practice Probable

Bruce Carter LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable

C.J. Spillman S Groin Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Tyrone Crawford DE Illness Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

Anthony Hitchens LB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable

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As a Lions fan, we see that everywhere we go on the internet, do we have to see it here, too?

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As a Lions fan, we see that everywhere we go on the internet, do we have to see it here, too?

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until we win a second playoff game in 57 years we'll have to endure the humiliation.

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How can the Lions be playing today? It's January

I am taking my tree down before game time so I can say the Lions are still playing meaningful football after Christmas.

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How can the Lions be playing today? It's January

It's sort of like they aren't when I hear the talking heads. Nobody pauses even a second in picking Dallas.

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It's sort of like they aren't when I hear the talking heads. Nobody pauses even a second in picking Dallas.

1 playoff win, 57 years. Do you blame them?

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It's sort of like they aren't when I hear the talking heads. Nobody pauses even a second in picking Dallas.

It's the Lions, dude. The lions have done more than enough to make someone skeptical of them over the years.

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It's sort of like they aren't when I hear the talking heads. Nobody pauses even a second in picking Dallas.

The media narrative is the rehabilitation of 'America's Team'. Lion's wear the black hats today.

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1 playoff win, 57 years. Do you blame them?

Not a bit. Doesn't mean it's not like they aren't even there though.

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No excuses, it's all on Stafford today. If he's good, we win. If he sucks, we lose.

If the defense plays well and Stafford has the same opportunities he had and missed against GB, this is true.

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It's sort of like they aren't when I hear the talking heads. Nobody pauses even a second in picking Dallas.

No, the NFL wouldn't be that inhumane. Making Lions fans wait until the last game of Wild Card weekend just to be blown away? No, the Lions are going to shock the country. Lions 24 Cowboys 21. Next week in Seattle is a different story.

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No excuses, it's all on Stafford today. If he's good, we win. If he sucks, we lose.

Total b.s.

So many variables come into play during a football game it is impossible to put it all on one player. What if he's great but the OL sucks? Or Bush plays like a vagina like usual, or Bell fumbles at a key juncture, or the defense leaves the middle of the field open all day, Or Caldwell and company are outcoached? You get the point. Stafford needs to play well, obviously. But to put it all on him is insane.

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No excuses, it's all on Stafford today. If he's good, we win. If he sucks, we lose.

Wrong in every way. It makes no difference how well he plays if our defense doesn't show up and our special teams spoil the bed. Too much credit and too much blame is placed on the QB. Just win the turn-over battle, win the field position battle and win the game.

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The media narrative is the rehabilitation of 'America's Team'. Lion's wear the black hats today.

We'll just have to stomp our way to victory then. :classic:

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If the defense plays well and Stafford has the same opportunities he had and missed against GB, this is true.

Agree.

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Let Tate return punts.

That would actually make a lot of sense I think.

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Let Tate return punts.
That would actually make a lot of sense I think.

I don't agree. He hasn't done it all season and he's too valuable on offense. Unless he's been practicing catching punts?

Either way, it's going to take a total team effort to win.

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Total b.s.

So many variables come into play during a football game it is impossible to put it all on one player. What if he's great but the OL sucks? Or Bush plays like a vagina like usual, or Bell fumbles at a key juncture, or the defense leaves the middle of the field open all day, Or Caldwell and company are outcoached? You get the point. Stafford needs to play well, obviously. But to put it all on him is insane.

Or like the Saints playoff game where the defense didn't force a single punt or turnover but that is on Stafford.

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