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Lions Mistakes, Awful Officiating Doom Detroit’s Playoff Run
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report
"The Detroit Lions put up a valiant fight but ultimately lost the franchise’s second playoff game this century in Dallas, 24-20 to the host Cowboys. Detroit had its chances, but mistakes by both the Lions and the game officials doomed any hope for a victory."
With the First Pick
Reversed pass interference call casts shadow on wild-card round; more
Don Banks – Sports Illustrated
"It figures. Maybe we should have even expected this, in the NFL’s version of annus horribilis. Though the calendar has turned to 2015, it’s still the 2014 season for the NFL, and somehow that makes the controversy that engulfed the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Detroit at Dallas game a rather fitting reminder of one of the worst years in league history."
Cowboys rally past Lions 24-20, after flag for pass interference penalty is picked up
Adam Kilgore — Washington Post
"The yellow flag floated to the turf, and the weight of two decades started to lift Sunday afternoon on the Detroit Lions’ sideline. Their fourth-quarter drive would continue. They could salt away the clock. They might add to their lead. They would hold off the Dallas Cowboys’ charge, and the Lions — no longer a sad sack to be bullied — would earn their woebegone franchise’s first playoff victory since 1991. The flag, a pass interference call on third down, meant that much."
Golden Tate challenges entire organization to have good offseason
Michael Rothstein — ESPN.com
"Golden Tate challenged essentially everybody to work harder in the offseason than ever. “I challenged every man in here, coaches, trainers, fan base, players obviously, to go have the best offseason of your life,” Tate said. “We see how close we are as a community and that should encourage. Yeah, this season is over and it’s tough to swallow right now but, hey, the Detroit Lions are not done. We’re going to go out there and have a heck of an offseason and come back and be ready and be focused. This could be the start of something great, I think.”"
5 Things That Went Wrong During the Lions-Cowboys Playoff Game
Michael Terrill — Rant Sports
"The Dallas Cowboys emerged victorious against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card on Sunday. Even though the Cowboys played well enough to play, there is no denying it did not happen without some controversy. Here are five things that went wrong during the Lions-Cowboys playoff game."
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