POSTGAME CHAT: Schwartz, players react following 34-20 loss at Philadelphia

Posted Dec 8, 2013

From Twitter to the locker room, the Detroit Lions comment after a difficult loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

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“They called them on the field, so it doesn't matter if we can see them or not. I looked on the replay on Nick's (Fairley), it looked like he got his head to the side, but he got called for hitting him with his head. We just have to play after that. That penalty doesn't score a touchdown.” -- Head coach Jim Schwartz on the penalties called on Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh that kept a fourth quarter drive alive that led to the Eagles tying the game.

"I don't think any lost you can just chalk up. Nothing makes it any less bitter. Every loss is a bitter loss. We'll regroup from this. We'll come back next week on the Monday night game playing the Ravens. We'll be ready for it." -- Schwartz on if the weather makes the loss easier to take.

“I don't think it had anything to do with the weather. It was more that we didn't play well. We didn't play well enough in the second half to get the win. That's a good football team that we played, a good offense and a good defense. We didn't score enough points to win.” -- QB Matthew Stafford on how the elements affected the game.

"Yeah I just wasn’t expecting it. Just a miscommunication I guess." -- Stafford on the last fumbled snap.


Joique BellRB Joique Bell put the blame on himself for Sunday's loss at Philadelphia. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

"Let's start off by this. Don't blame the offense. Don't blame the defense. There is no way we can go in the red zone twice and ... cough it up twice. No blame on nobody. Don't blame the coaches. Put that game on me, my shoulder. I'm going to come back next week and I'm going to run furious.

"I'm going to go in to this week and prepare like I'm (angry). I can't allow myself to go out here and do that and put my team in that predicament. It will never happen again.” -- RB Joique Bell on the game.

"It felt good to contribute and help my team, but it sucks about the lost. You always wish you could come out with a victory." -- WR Jeremy Ross on the loss.

"I mean, it’s definitely special. It’s special to do something like that. I’m definitely grateful. Thank God for opening up those doors and allowing me to do what I did today. I’m not too familiar with the history of the franchise and what people have done, but it’s definitely an honor to be able to do something like that and be on that level. It’s bittersweet. The win would have been great." -- Ross on being only the second player in franchise history to have a kick return and punt return for a touchdown in the same game.

"We always take this slap in the face and it wakes us up. We have two homes games in a row and we have go get them. We can't get down on ourselves. We are in a good position and I think we like when our backs are up against the wall, we just have to go out there and fight. We are still in a position where we control our own destiny so we just have go win our next game." -- S Glover Quin on the up-and-down season.

"It is a little difficult on the defensive side of the ball because obviously they know where they are going on offense, but they played in the same conditions that we played, so, hey, it's no excuse. I could say that if we were the ones playing in it and they were playing on dry ground but they played in it, we played in it. They made plays and we didn't." -- Quin on the weather making things more difficult for the defense.

"I think us veteran guys let some of the guys come out a little relaxed and it snowballed. We felt good, we had a lead and the weather was kind of difficult for them to run the offense. But they came out and we had mental breakdowns in the backfield to go along with physical mistakes like missed tackles, missed run fits. They took advantage of it and they have a good run game." -- LB DeAndre Levy on how difficult it is to lose after leading 14-0.

"Obviously we knew it was a big game, it is a big stretch for us and we didn’t take advantage of this moment so it is just going to keep getting bigger and bigger from here on out and harder from here on out." -- Levy on how disappointing the loss is.