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Turnovers and ridiculous penalties were the culprits in a 38-10 Detroit loss to Arizona, which entered the game with the worst offense in the league. The Lions were guilty of four turnovers, three interceptions and a muffed punt, which led to four Arizona touchdowns. All three interceptions were passes Matthew Stafford had no business throwing and two were returned for touchdowns and all three occured after riduculous false start and delay of game penalties.

The first came after two false start penalties and Stafford overthrowing Calvin Johnson. The second came when Stafford locked in on Tony Scheffler and failed to see a cornerback coming over. That resulted in a 57 yard return for an touchdown. The third came after a delay of game penalty that negated a touchdown and forced Detroit into a third and nine. A pass play set a fourth and one and Stafford threw what would categorized as "who was he seeing that was open?" That one was run back 102 yards for another touchdown. Brutal and mindboggling when you consider Arizona had only 196 yards total offense and 12 first downs.

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Detroit plays host to Atlanta tonight at 8:20 P.M. Detroit will be lucky to still be in the game at halftime against an explosive Atlanta offense after getting blown out 38-10 by an Arizona team that entered that game as the worst offense in the league. The Lions will sending an undisciplined and depleted team against a team that ranks 7th in total offense, 5th in passing, but 28th in rushing. Their sixth worst penalty total of 97 for a league third worst yardage of 895 would attest to that.

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Three turnovers, two fumbles and one interception, an inablity to finish off scoring drives, and a one dimensional offense lead to three Atlanta touchdowns in a 31-18 win over Detroit. Matthew Stafford threw for 427 yards on 55 attempts, but the running game was largely nonexistent. Atlanta clinches NFC home field advantage throughout the playoffs with the win.

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Cincinnati eliminates Pittsburgh from the playoffs 13-10 on a 43 yard field by Josh Brown with four seconds left. The winning field goal came after Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethliberger overthrew his intended receiver and was intercepted by Reggie Nelson who returned it to the Pittsburgh 46 with 14 seconds remaining. A pass down the right sideline set up the game winner.

Cincinnati makes the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1981-82 and the first time they have made the playoffs in two straight nonstrike seasons.

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Detroit's season started with seven player arrests, three of them twice. One was released, another's second arrest appears on the "Good Laugh" thread, and the other ended up on injured reserve. Their offense was largely one dimensional, their secondary and receving corps was thin. Three receivers ended up on the shelf, one of them transformed into a problem child who will likely be released.

All resulted in a season marked by turnovers and ridiculous penalties and a resulting 4-12 record. Coach Jim Schwartz is lucky not to have been part of the New Year's eve massacre.

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