Lions limp to finish after strong run put them in playoffs


AP

8:05 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2017

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions were not a popular pick to reach the playoffs when the 2016 season began.

After winning eight of nine games midway through the season, Detroit (9-8) earned a spot in the postseason.

The Lions, though, spoiled their season by losing the last three games of the regular season and first place in the NFC North and then by getting beat 26-6 at Seattle in an NFC wild-card game to extend the franchise’s postseason losing streak to nine games over 25 years.

“We’re disappointed in the way it ended,” Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said Monday at the team headquarters.

“But overall this team came through some very, very difficult times and accomplished some things that I don’t think anybody probably in this room thought that they would be able to accomplish. So, I have to commend them for…

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