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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.
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"We're going to have a lot of guys that'll be close this week," Detroit's head coach said during his weekly press conference, "including guys that didn't play in this last game."
The Lions head coach says the game is far too fast to expect officials to see every foul on every play.
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...
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.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz acknowledges that facemasking should have been called on the Lions when Vikings quarterback Joe Webb fumbled on the game’s final play on Sunday. Schwartz just doesn’t think it’s fair to single out that one missed call in a game that had missed calls both ways. “Yeah, we grabbed the facemask, but…
"We're going to have a lot of guys that will be close this week," says Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
Coach Jim Schwartz, on holding on for the win: "There were a lot of things that happened today from the first play of the game. ... But I think the big thing is we had that situation today and we made the play and got the win. You don't get style points, but we'll take it."
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.
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.
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...
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....
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.