WEEK IN REVIEW: It was a somber holiday week for the Lions

Posted Dec 28, 2013

After a tough loss that pushed them out of playoff contention, the Lions prepared for tomorrow's game at Minnesota with only pride on the line

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This final week of the regular season has been a tough one for the Detroit Lions and their fans.

The disappointment of missing the playoffs despite being in prime position to take the division has been a cloud over the team this week.

"It is tough," said veteran guard Rob Sims on Tuesday. "Right now you're playing for pride. Really, that's it. Our pride is going to have to be what shows up this week, because nothing else really matters. After that, we'll see what happens."

Veteran receiver Nate Burleson also talked about that pride factor.

"After that 60 minutes is up on Sunday, what is it that you're going to put up on film?" Burleson said. "What are you going to show the world? What are you going to show the other 31 teams? What are you going to show this organization? What are you going to show people who are still tuning in?

"It would look even worse is we went out there to Minnesota and packed it in. That's putting salt in the wound."