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
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 detroitlions.com.
"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."
MORE NEWS, NOTES AND ANALYSIS FROM SUNDAY'S GAME:
- Tim Twentyman cites bad decisions, game management and pressure on quarterback
Matthew Staffordas keys to the loss.
- He also mentions, however, that the Lions still hold their own destiny in their hands in the NFC North.
- When asked after the game what he can do to make this team better, Stafford was clearly displeased with his own performance.
- Broken down to its simplest form, the key to this game is that the Lions couldn't get out of their own way.