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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, youâd think there was significance to it in Detroit especially.
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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."
Lions coach Jim Schwartz acknowledges that facemasking should have been called on the Lions when Vikings quarterback Joe Webb fumbled on the gameâs final play on Sunday. Schwartz just doesnât think itâs fair to single out that one missed call in a game that had missed calls both ways. âYeah, we grabbed the facemask, butâŚ
Sammie Hill hasn't put up eye-popping numbers the past two weeks -- five tackles and half a sack -- but the third-year lineman has played some of his best football with the Lions shorthanded.
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...
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.
The Lions didn't have an answer for Joe Webb.
Backup quarterback Joe Webb replaced Christian Ponder with the Vikings down 31-14 in the third quarter. The Vikings came within 1 yard of victory against the Detroit Lions and lost on a controversial final play.
They had good luck that DeAndre Levy didn't get a face-mask penalty when his hit helped jar the ball loose from Vikings quarterback Joe Webb on the last play. But the play call on that final play was perfect.
Every Sunday throughout the 2011 NFL season Iâll compile quick-hit reactions from the day that was in football. I vow to always overreact, side with sensationalism over rationalism, and draw conclusions based on small sample sizes instead of cold, hard facts. Itâs the only way I know how to writeâŚ
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia...
It would be fitting, we suppose, if a team that spent much of the early part of the season blowing big leads would erase a big deficit and emerge with a win. In Detroit, the Vikings have pulled to within 10 points of the Lions after a 65-yard touchdown run by quarterback Joe Webb, whoâŚ
Hereâs Video of Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy pulling quarterback Joe Webbâs face-mask as time expired, forcing a fumble from the Lions 1 yard line.
There was no flag on the play.
The result: a 34-28 Lions victory over the âŚ [visit site to read more]
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