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Detroit Lions officially eliminated from playoff contention

The dream was short-lived, but now it’s over.

Detroit Lions v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

At halftime, it appeared things were going the Lions’ way for the second straight week. They not only held a lead over the Buffalo Bills, but the Packers were losing, the Giants were losing, Washington and Tampa were losing, too. Even the Dolphins looked like they may pull off the upset over the Vikings.

But in the end, the Lions couldn’t even take care of their own business. Detroit gave up a six-point lead in the fourth quarter and the offense couldn’t muster a single point after their two-touchdown second quarter.

The loss dropped the Lions to 5-9, and with the Vikings beating the Dolphins handily, Detroit is now officially eliminated from the postseason.

It’s the second straight year the Lions will be watching January football from home, and the first losing season for Detroit since 2015. They’ll have an opportunity to play spoiler for the Vikings next week, although it looks like Minnesota may be in even if they lose. And they’ll finish off the season with a road game against the Packers. If you’re much into silver linings, the Packers, too, were eliminated on Sunday after losing 24-17 to the Bears.

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