Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) celebrates with center Dominic Raiola (51) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Fall to Minnesota Vikings 14-13, Secure Losing Record


With a 14-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome, the Detroit Lions’ season is finally put out of its misery.

With this loss, the Lions have done the unthinkable: starting 6-3 and still managing to secure a losing record.

It has been a disappointing season, not just because of the final record, but because of games like this, in which they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They’ve managed to revive some old storylines that were thought dead, like their inability to close out games and the whole “learning how to win” thing.

The Lions finished their season going 1-6 in their final seven games, and could have made the playoffs had they just finished 3-4. But clearly, they weren’t ready to seize that opportunity, and in the face of that major collapse, the Lions are officially on Black Monday watch.

Indeed, most of the talk following the final month of the Lions’ season has been about the job security of head coach Jim Schwartz, and an 0-4 December with a playoff berth on the line is not going to help matters at all.

So that’s it. Two Cordarrelle Patterson touchdowns was all it took to end the Lions’ season on the lowest of notes, and now we have another nine months before there’s any more Lions football.

Until then, we’ll have to make do with coaching questions, free agency talk, and draft discussions. It’s better than nothing, but not better than playoffs.

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