November 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) loses the ball after being hit by Houston Texans linebacker Barrett Ruud (54) during the second half of a game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. The Texans won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

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Pettigrew’s solid stats blurred by untimely turnovers
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is on pace for another 70-plus catch season with 700-plus yards. So why does it suddenly seem this season has been the roughest of his four-year career?

Pettigrew ranks in the top 10 in the league with six dropped passes, according to Stats LLC, and has also had two crucial turnovers late in losses to Tennessee and Houston.

2013 Detroit Lions NFL draft watch — Week 13
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame No. 17
Notre Dame at USC, 8 p.m., ABC

Motta has great size, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 215 pounds. He’s likely to draw comparisons to Harrison Smith, but that’s a bit much. Motta isn’t nearly the playmaker Smith was at Notre Dame.

Motta has good speed and plays the run well, tallying 56 tackles this season. He’s currently projected as a third-day selection.

Controversial call hurt Lions more than fantasy owners
Ed Barkowitz – Philadelphia Daily News

Can you imagine if it were Arian Foster who scored that disputed touchdown on Thanksgiving?

Holy cow. Not only would Lions fans be all over the NFL, but perhaps thousands of irate fantasy owners who were playing against Foster would have marched to the league’s Park Avenue office in protest – just what Manhattan traffic cops would have needed on Black Friday.

The NFL trade that saved a life
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Giants owner wants challenge rule reviewed (and changed)
Mike Garafolo – USA TODAY

So a TD that wasn’t a TD stood.

And that’s just plain crazy to sensible people.

That group includes New York Giants president and CEO John Mara.

Mara, the chairman of the NFL’s management council executive committee/labor, told USA TODAY Sports via email Friday morning he will present the situation for discussion at this winter’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis,where all potential rules changes are discussed.

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