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Lions tie NFL record, blowing 3 big leads in a row

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Lions tie NFL record, blowing 3 big leads in a row

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have tied an NFL record and they're not proud of it.

Detroit blew a 10-point lead in their third straight game to match a dubious league mark in a 27-20 loss Sunday night at Green Bay.

``We have to be accountable and find a way to get over this,'' Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch said. ``We are the best three-quarter team in the league.''

The 2011 Minnesota Vikings, 1999 New Orleans Saints, 1991 Cleveland Browns, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals, 1952 Washington Redskins and the 1947 Green Bay Packers are the other teams in NFL history that have lost three in a row after leading by at least 10 points in each game, according to STATS LLC.

The Lions (4-9) have dropped five straight games overall - by an average of 5.2 points - to guarantee a losing record this season after winning 10 games and ending an 11-year postseason drought a year ago.

``It's very difficult to lose in professional sports, in any kind of sport. It's even more difficult, I think, when the games are so close,'' Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. ``Sometimes if you get blown out, you can sort of put it off your radar pretty quickly.''

Detroit's next opponent is coming off quite a blowout. The Arizona Cardinals (4-9) got beat 58-0 by Seattle, one point short of the NFL mark for the most lopsided shutout and their most one-sided loss in franchise history. It was Arizona's ninth straight setback after a 4-0 start.

Arizona seems to be the perfect team to give the Lions a chance to snap their skid.

Schwartz said he doesn't see it that way.

``We've lost five games in a row, so we're worried about ourselves not our opponents,'' he said. ``It's more about us and ending our losing streak than anything that's happened to them or anything that they're going through right now. Nobody feels sorry for anybody in the NFL, I'm just telling you.''

If they did, Lions kicker Jason Hanson would get some sympathy.

The 42-year-old Hanson, perhaps one of the nicest players in the league, was drafted by Detroit in 1992, not long after their last win in Wisconsin against the Packers.

Since Dec. 15, 1991 - when Eddie Murray was kicking for the Lions - Green Bay has won an NFL-record 21 straight home games in the regular season against Detroit and 22 in a row, including a 1994 victory in the playoffs.

``It is just sad,'' Hanson said after Sunday's loss in Green Bay. ``It is not fun to talk about. For a lot of years we didn't win, we weren't good and you can't come in here and win. But there were years where we were pretty good, and we still couldn't win up here. It is just a terrible streak. I wish we could have ended it.''

The Lions looked as if they had a shot Sunday night.

Matthew Stafford ran for a score and threw for another to give Detroit a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Stafford, though, couldn't stop the football from slipping out of his right hand on a pivotal play and Mike Daniels recovered the fumble and returned it 43 yards to pull the Packers within four points with 6:15 left in the half.

After the strong start, Detroit drove into Green Bay territory six times and had just two field goals from Hanson to show for it.

The Packers took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter and held off the Lions, who lost their previous double-digit leads late in home games against the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

Schwartz refused to blame the latest loss on Stafford's fumble.

``Had a lot of critical plays in the game and there were plenty of opportunities to change it after that,'' Schwartz said. ``But we didn't make any of those plays.''

Notes: Schwartz said TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) and DT Nick Fairley (shoulder) were scheduled to have tests Monday to determine the extent of injuries they had in Sunday's game. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson, who had 10 receptions for 118 yards at Green Bay, joined Marvin Harrison and Andre Johnson as the only players in NFL history with 1,500 yards receiving in consecutive seasons. Johnson has 1,546 yards receiving with three games left, putting him 303 yards away from breaking the NFL's single-season record set by Jerry Rice with San Francisco in 1995.

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Kyle Shanahan says he won't make Redskins game personal, but it sure sounds like he will

Kyle Shanahan says he won't make Redskins game personal, but it sure sounds like he will

Kyle Shanahan had to know the question was coming, and for the most part, his answer was perfectly polite and diplomatic. Until a nice, little elbow at the end, that is.

The 49ers coach was asked on a Wednesday conference call how he'll avoid making this Sunday's game against the Redskins personal. Shanahan was with Washington from 2010-2013 along with his dad, Mike, but the end of his tenure in D.C. was very messy.

In his response, he explained how he'll try to treat the Burgundy and Gold like any other opponent, but then he dropped one comment that indicated he is in fact looking for some major revenge.

"It's not my first time back there," he said. "I've been in three buildings since. I've moved on with my life in many other ways and I think my family has also. I think it's pretty easy not to make it personal. The guys it'd be personal with don't play in the game."

That last portion was no doubt directed at the Redskins' front office, with whom Kyle and Mike had plenty of issues with. It wasn't the only part of the call where Shanahan slighted the Redskins, either. 

At one point, the 39-year-old was pushed to describe how he's gone about rebuilding San Francisco's culture since he took over. He stressed having a united vision with the decision-makers above him and sounded quite pleased to be in a place where he feels like that's happening.

"To me, culture's based off the type of people you have there," he explained. "I knew, during the interview, meeting the owner, then being able to get a general manager like John Lynch, we knew we had the people, the right people with the right intentions that were in it for one thing, and that was to win. And we also could be very honest with where we were at at the time."

"We've got people who live and die football and they know how to treat each other," he added. "It's one of the more fun groups and higher-character groups that I've been around."

So, that wasn't as direct as his first jab, but it still got the job done. Don't worry, though. He found time for one more obvious remark about his old employer before facing them in Week 7.

Near the end of the discussion, Shanahan was given a hypothetical where a young, up-and-coming coach approaches him about possibly working with the Redskins. What would Shanahan tell that person? After a quick chuckle, he played along the best he could.

"Just look into it. See what the situation is, who you want to work for," he said. "Anytime you get opportunities, you've got to look into it. But I'm not there, I don't know how it is right now, so that would be up to that person."

Then came the kicker.

"I'm probably not the person they want to call on that advice."

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Adding Marcus Peters has John Harbaugh and the Ravens secondary pumped

Adding Marcus Peters has John Harbaugh and the Ravens secondary pumped

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Help is on the way for the Ravens secondary. 

With the addition of Marcus Peters, the Ravens are hopeful to boost a depleted secondary due to injuries. Tavon Young, Iman Marshall and Jimmy Smith have all missed significant time with injuries, and only Smith is set to return sooner rather than later. 

Peters, a former Pro Bowl cornerback, is what the Ravens are hoping will take their defense to a level they haven’t been at all season. 

“We’re looking forward to getting him in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve known him for quite a long time, ever since the draft when he was coming out of Washington. We spent a lot of time with him in that process, and every chance we’ve had to cross paths since, it’s been very positive.”

After two seasons in Kansas City, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. There, he played just over a season before being traded to Baltimore. 

In his 67 games in the NFL, Peters has 24 interceptions — a league-best during that time frame — and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and named First Team All-Pro once. 

Peters figures to slide in on the opposite side of Marlon Humphrey, who is having a Pro Bowl caliber season. 

“I think that’s a great move,” Earl Thomas said. “I think we have two top-five corners playing on the same team with him and Marlon, so it’s definitely going to help out in the back end and the whole defense.”

Included in the imminent return of Smith, presumably either for the Seahawks or Patriots game, the Ravens cornerback depth is slowly inching to healthy. 

Peters will fly to Baltimore late Wednesday and be ready for practices on Thursday and Friday. Harbaugh said he’ll play on Sunday as much as he can. The Ravens have made it a sort of habit to get players quickly acclimated to the defense in recent weeks, something they’ll try and fastrack once again with Peters. 

The move also presents flexibility for the Ravens secondary as Brandon Carr could slide back to safety, something he did during training camp.

“Let’s move around, man,” Carr said. “Let’s keep the offense on their toes, let’s be aggressive, let’s make plays, so I’m all for it.”

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