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Lions Season: Close, No Cigar

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The Detroit Lions entered this season with high hopes of supplanting the Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North and possibly making a run to the Super Bowl. Instead, they're left with the loser's lament of one play here and one play there en route to a crippling four-game losing streak.

Jim Schwartz, with his season having gone from one of Super Bowl aspirations to being out of the playoff race with four games remaining, is left with the loser's lament of would have, could have, should have. "I'm proud of this football team," Schwartz, the coach of the 4-8 Detroit Lions, said during a Wednesday morning conference call to preview Sunday's game at the Green Bay Packers. "I'm proud...

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