The Lions have felt the sting of some difficult losses this year, but this one may be the worst due to the urgent nature of the game.
With only four weeks left in the season, Detroit had the opportunity clinch the division with three wins.
That possibility still exists after the Lions' 34-20 loss at Philadelphia, but now with a margin for error that is almost nil.
"We've put a little bit of pressure on ourselves with this loss here," linebacker
"We have to seize the moment a little bit and embrace it and be ready to battle."
Before the game even began, the Lions were facing adversity. Heavy snow began to fall at Lincoln Financial Field, affecting both visibility and footing.
While the team refused to use adverse weather conditions as a factor in the loss, head coach Jim Schwartz did admit after the game that it changed their game plan.
"The weather changed what we were going to do," said Schwartz. "We were expecting the possibility of weather, but even waking up this morning and coming here today nobody was predicting six inches of snow or whatever we had during the game.”
"I’d say the first half was more difficult than the second," he said. "It was a little icy in the second but there is no excuse. We had opportunity to make plays and we didn’t make them."
In his 'Burning Questions' column, detroitlions.com's own Mike O'Hara certainly agrees with Stafford's statement.
"One thing has to be made clear from the beginning: it wasn’t the weather, or the footing, or bad breaks," wrote O'Hara. "Philadelphia made big plays and little plays while the Lions were making no plays and bad plays."
MORE POSTGAME COVERAGE:
- Heading into the game, the Lions were historically good defensively against the run. In fact, the defensive unit hadn't allowed more than 62 rushing yards or a rushing touchdown in six straight games. Detroit Lions had been so good at stopping the run heading into Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.
- The Philadelphia Eagles and LeSean McCoy made certain that streak stopped at six, however.
- Despite 127 yards of total offense, running back
Joique Bellput the blame for the loss on his own shoulders.
- Wide receiver
Calvin Johnsonbecame the all-time franchise leader in receiving yards with this 33-yard (snowy) catch. Johnson surpassed former Lion Herman Moore (9,174).