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Let it snow, let it snow – Detroit Lions lose 34-20

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The Detroit Lions lost a tough football game 34-20 Sunday afternoon, as the weather in Philadelphia made both offenses one-dimensional. Matthew Stafford finished the game just 10 of 25 for 148 yards, while Nick Foles was 11 for 22 with 179 yards throwing a touchdown and interception.

The Lions were affected by the weather early as Reggie Bush slipped and re-injured his knee during pre-game warm-ups and did not play. Joique Bell started and played well gaining 127 total yards on 27 touches, scoring a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. He fumbled twice.

The Lions were controlling the game as Jeremy Ross returned a punt 58-yards for a touchdown to give the Lions a 14-0 lead late in the third. The Lions first punt return for a touchdown since Eddie Drummond in 2004.

The Eagles were given life as Nick Foles hooked up with Riley Cooper for a 44-yard catch, followed by a 19-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, cutting the lead to 14-6. The Eagles scored on every possession after the Jackson touchdown and took control by running the football. They finished the game with 299 yards rushing.

LeSean McCoy dominated as he ran for a career-high and franchise-best 217 yards with 2 touchdowns on 29 carries. The Eagles took control late as they ran for 4 touchdowns and scored 28 points just in the 4th quarter.

The Lions have at least one positive to take away from this football game. Jeremy Ross. He finished with 243 return yards, while taking a kickoff 98-yards for a touchdown early in the 4th to go along with his punt return. Ross became the 13th player in NFL history to return a punt and kick for a touchdown in the same game during the regular season.

The lions will look to bounce back against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. Both teams come into Monday 7-6 with the playoffs three weeks away.

The Lions remain in 1st place for the NFC North, even if (6-6) Chicago wins on Monday.  Green Bay looks to throw a wrench into the mix as they found a way to come back and beat the Falcons 22-21 on Sunday and have a 6-6-1 record on the season. The Lions are now only a 1/2 game ahead of the Pack.

The division is tight, but the Lions still control their own destiny. They have 3 remaining games; the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings.

 

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