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Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz acknowledges linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbed the facemask of Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb on the final play in Sunday's win.
The Lions held on to beat the Vikings 34-28 after avoiding a flag on Levy that would've given Minnesota one more shot to win with no time on the clock.
Schwartz insists a player gets away with something that could've been called a penalty on 90 percent of NFL snaps. He says the break doesn't put an asterisk on the victory.
The Lions won't have a losing season for the first time since 2000, but want to make the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season.
Ndamukong Suh will play Sunday at Oakland after serving his two-game suspension for stomping on an opponent.
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Lions coach Jim Schwartz to me on Wednesday: "I never said anything about zero-tolerance."
Schwartz to Chris Mortensen of ESPN on Sunday: "Zero-tolerance policy starts today."
"We're going to have a lot of guys that will be close this week," says Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
The video will be played on ESPN on the hour, every hour until next Sunday. Every Detroit Lions player will have to answer a plethora of questions about it and head coach Jim Schwartz will have to answer even more. Sports analysts will debate the play until the cows come home and NFL fans will wring their collective hands and lament the fortunes of the dirtiest team in football....
Lions coach Jim Schwartz reminded his team in a Saturday night meeting that he expects his team to play a clean, smart, aggressive game against the Vikings and he well-defined a new zero tolerance policy for post-whistle personal foul penalties.
Now that they've emerged from a two-game suspension of their best defensive player no worse for his absence, the Lions hope Ndamukong Suh's time away from the team turns into a positive.
The Lions are an injury-riddled team heading into their final three regular-season games, but could get some good news for Sunday's game against the Raiders. "All those guys are trending right," Schwartz said on 97.1 The Ticket.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said the Lions grabbed the facemask of Joe Webb, but downplayed its significance. Considering it may have been the missed call that keeps the Lions in the playoff hunt, you’d think there was significance to it in Detroit especially.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The flip-flop of results, emotions and opportunity in the last week is typical of how fast playoff scenarios can change late in the NFL season.
A week ago, the Lions were lamenting how a loss to the Saints kept them from taking advantage of week when the primary competitors for a wild-card berth in the NFC playoffs had lost.
This week, the Lions and Falcons...
They say the best defense is an offense. But sometimes the best offense is a defense. The Lions certainly could attest to that. Fresh off two defensive touchdowns against Minnesota, the Lions lead the NFL in defensive scoring with 36 points. Coach Jim Schwartz is a whiz with statistics. But he knows there's only one true stat.
After blowing a 21-0 lead, scoring all of 3 second half points, and having to desperately hold on to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-28, the media/fan meme of the day is "The Detroit Lions were lucky to win."
I knew the Worst Columnist in the World would chime in about luck...
No damn kidding they were lucky.
But allow me point something out. Yes, the Lions were lucky...
Lions start series at the 16.
Lorenzo Booker fumbled after he got popped by Deandre Levy.
Credit Sammie Hill with the fumble recovery.
Key moment for Hill, who's helping out a short-staffed defensive line.
As I typed that, Jared Allen got his third sack of the game, giving him 17.5 for
Backup quarterback Joe Webb fumbled deep in Lions territory in the final seconds, and Detroit escaped with a 34-28 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
DeAndre Levy appeared to get away with grabbing Webb's facemask before the fumble.
Matthew Stafford threw for two scores in the first quarter to give Detroit one of its three-touchdown leads. The Lions (8-5) won a game...
Most playoff prognosticators and websites, including ESPN and Yahoo!, project the Lions as a lock for a wild-card spot. ESPN's Trey Wingo bases his prediction on one condition: Jim Schwartz's team has to control its emotions.