GAME IN REVIEW: Turnovers the culprit in a 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay

Posted Nov 25, 2013

Despite playing well in spurts, four interceptions, a fumble and a blocked punt decided the Lions' fate as they fall to the Bucs

There was a great deal of excitement heading into Sunday's game, from both the fan base and the team itself.

There was also a collective disappointment from both camps after a five-turnover performance led to a 24-21 loss to the 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field.

"We're executing ... it's the turnovers," said wide receiver Calvin Johnson after the game. "If we don't have the turnovers, we look great out there, but when we have turnovers, then this is what happens."

The loss drops the Lions to 6-5 on the season, though the team still retains first place in the NFC North after the Bears lost on Sunday and the Packers and Vikings finished in a tie.

"As disappointing and as bitter of a loss as this is, we have a short turnaround to bounce back," said head coach Jim Schwartz.

"We have a five-game season. This does not eliminate us from the playoffs. It doesn't do anything other than make the last five games even more urgent. Those are our marching orders over the last five games."

The short turnaround is leading up to a huge Thanksgiving Day match-up with the Green Bay Packers. The first of what the Lions are now calling a five-game season.

"They have to bounce back. They have no choice," said Mike O'Hara in his 'Burning Questions' feature on

"They still can win the North, but the question that haunts them now is why they’ve played some of their worst ball the last two weeks at a time when they’ve had the best chance in a decade to win a division title and open the playoffs at home."