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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Some numbers behind the Lions' 23-20 loss

By Michael Rothstein

In the end, after the Detroit Lions saw their playoff hopes evaporate following a 23-20 loss to the New York Giants in overtime on Sunday, there were a lot of questions.

And few answers.

Matthew Stafford struggled. Again. Calvin Johnson was clearly injured and largely ineffective. Reggie Bush fumbled. Again. Jim Schwartz made curious coaching decisions. Again.

So here’s a look at some numbers behind Detroit’s fifth loss in sixth games, the loss that finally took the Lions out of playoff contention.

0 -- Catches for Calvin Johnson in the second half and overtime Sunday.

0 -- Snaps played by the usual starting cornerbacks for Detroit, Rashean Mathis and Chris Houston, as both were inactive.

0 -- Playoff games this season for the Lions.

2 -- Quarterback hits for Ndamukong Suh.

4 -- Total targets for Johnson on Sunday.

5 -- Fourth-quarter interceptions for Matthew Stafford in his past six games.

6 -- Straight games with three or more turnovers, the longest current streak in the NFL.

7 -- Targets for Joseph Fauria, a career high.

9 -- Straight regular-season losses in December and January for Detroit, the longest streak in the NFL.

10 -- Targets and catches for Joique Bell, who had 63 yards receiving.

10.6 -- Stafford’s fourth quarter QBR over the past six games, the worst in the NFL over that span.

34.5 -- Stafford’s completion percentage in fourth quarters and overtimes since Week 11.

84.5 -- The percent probability of a Lions win with 5:06 remaining, just before Stafford threw the interception that Will Hill returned for a touchdown.

Some numbers were gathered from ESPN Stats & Information. Follow Stats & Information on Twitter @ESPNStatsInfo.