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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, you’d think there was significance to it in Detroit especially.

Jim Schwartz says Detroit Lions' injury situation could turn around as early as this weekend

"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."

Jim Schwartz on facemask: Refs missed calls both ways

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…

Jim Schwartz happy with Sammie Hill's play at tackle despite lack of stats

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.

Lions Monday Playback: Playoff boost

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...

Lions hang on by forcing Vikings to fumble on 1

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.

Detroit 34, Minnesota 28: Lions survive Vikings comeback on final play

The Lions didn't have an answer for Joe Webb.

Access Vikings: Another QB controversy

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.

Mike O'Hara: Burning questions: Lions' triumph wasn't all about luck

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.

Quick-Hit Reactions from Week 14 in the NFL

Every Sunday throughout the 2011 NFL season I’ll 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. It’s the only way I know how to write… Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia...

Vikings making push after Ponder exits

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, who…

No-call on facemask helps Lions defeat Vikings (VIDEO)

Here’s Video of Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy pulling quarterback Joe Webb’s 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 … [visit site to read more] No-call on facemask helps Lions defeat Vikings (VIDEO) - The Jet Press - The Jet Press - A New York Jets Fan...

Vikings Drop a Thriller to the Lions, 34-28

The Vikings may be losers but at least they’re entertaining losers. For the second straight week they hung with a playoff team and had a chance to win it late, only to watch a turnover end their hopes for a thrilling upset. Things got crazy for the Vikings in the second half, starting with Christian Ponder being benched (maybe to protect his injured hip, maybe to protect Leslie...
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