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GAME IN REVIEW: News, notes and analysis from Monday's loss to the Ravens

Posted Dec 17, 2013

After huge build-up for Monday's game on the NFL's biggest regular season stage, the Lions left Ford Field with a tough loss in the books

Nate BurlesonWR Nate Burleson. (Photo: G. Smith)

It was a tough 18-16 loss for a Detroit Lions team that has been struggling down the stretch after a 6-3 start.

There was significant build-up heading into Monday's game after a loss at Philadelphia in atypical weather circumstances added even more significance to beating the Ravens.

"The only team that can stop us from doing what we want to do is the Detroit Lions," wide receiver Nate Burleson said last Wednesday in a lengthy interview in front of his locker.

"The only team," Burleson repeated for emphasis. "And I'm very confident of that. There's no team that pumps fear in me. There's no team on the schedule I'm like 'Oh, boy.' We are that talented, but we just have too many mistakes right now."

Unfortunately for the Lions, those mistakes continued Monday night.

It appeared that wouldn't be the case early in the game after quarterback Matthew Stafford led the offense 78 yards on eight plays for a 7-0 lead.

But Detroit remained scoreless for the remainder of the half and didn't score another touchdown until the fourth quarter.

"The Lions entered the game averaging more than 26 points per game and had failed to score at least 20 points only one time this year -- Oct. 6 in Green Bay (22-9)," said detroitlions.com's Tim Twentyman in his "Four Downs" feature.

"Detroit picked the most inopportune time to go cold on offense for a second time this this, especially considering the Ravens didn’t score a touchdown in the game."

A stat worth noting.

Despite the Ravens' ability to notch big plays in the passing game, the defense kept Baltimore out of the end zone. That includes three trips to the red zone and an interception deep in Detroit territory.

"The defense gave up 305 yards of offense, but was especially stout in the red zone, when they needed to be," said Twentyman. "They forced turnovers after Baltimore had gotten to it's 11-, 6- and 14-yard lines."

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