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It was over for less than an hour, and already the Detroit Lions knew they needed to move on. The 24-hour rule so many teams try to implement after wins and losses was going away.
But they all know. They recognize what awaits. Sunday against Green Bay, in prime time for the second straight week, is what the Lions are going to focus on. Win and Detroit takes its first division title since 1993, when the four-team NFC North was the five-team NFC Central. Lose and they are the No. 6 seed in the playoffs at best and done for the year at worst.
While being dominated by Dallas on a national stage was still fresh in their minds, the Lions had to move past it as fast as they possibly could. They couldn¡¯t think about losing two straight games by double digits and how, for the first time since the beginning of October, they were officially on a losing streak.
¡°We had very good opportunities the last two weeks, but next week is even bigger,¡± linebacker DeAndre Levy said. ¡°We¡¯re at home. We have a night game. It¡¯s for the [division]. It¡¯s for everything. You know, this is what you suit up for, these opportunities.
¡°No matter what happened, you know, the previous 15 weeks, previous two weeks, three weeks, whatever, we have to take care of business.¡±
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And the results, outscored 59-27 over the past two weeks, have been poor — particularly on Monday night.