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Hammond: Hopes for postseason buried in Lions' 24-20 loss

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By Jennifer Hammond
FOX 2 Sports

DETROIT (WJBK) -- I have to admit, it took me a fair amount of time to figure out how to tackle a blog that could put Sunday's loss to the Packers in its proper perspective. After all, this wasn't just another loss for Jim Schwartz and the Lions, it was the final nail in the coffin that with it, buried any hopes for a successful 2012 season.
Then, as I was scanning through emails I saw a subject line that was sent to me from Detroitlions.com "Lions Drop a Heartbreaking 24-20 decision to the Packers." There it was right in front of me. Granted, there are plenty of Lions fans who have learned by now, not to let this team break their hearts anymore - just watch a sports reporter's twitter feed on any given Sunday and you'll find hundreds of doubters and cynics who know better. But for those who still believe and trusted that this year, like last, would be different, Sunday's loss was the equivalent of Hannibal Lecter feasting on a fresh liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti, complete with the sinister slurping sound.
What's that saying about 'Whom much is given, much is expected'? These are the Lions who have so much talent, from Calvin to Stafford and Delmas to Suh and plenty of other in between. So after making it to the playoffs last season, there were a fair amount of fans who thought this year - they'd kick the door in. But as we've seen over the course of the season, specifically these past two weeks, expectations can be a cruel thing when they aren't met - just ask Dominic Raiola - who, after the game, when talking about the frustration and disappointment ("Broken Record") of yet another loss, dropped a well placed 'F bomb' when he was asked if the situation was even more disappointing because of the expectations the team carried into the 2012 season.
Raiola finally admitted what many of the less emotional fans have thought from the beginning. There was a little "Too much talking" about what this team was going to be, rather than letting the season unfold and allowing the team to reveal itself for what it really was.
Call them what you'd like, 'Same old Lions,' 'Underachievers' or even 'Overrated,' all of them could apply in some form or another. When the Lions surrendered the lead late in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game it may have ushered out the Lions last shot at the playoffs, but when television cameras caught offensive coaches chewing each other out on the sideline late, it signaled an even bigger dilemma. This is a team that's on the verge of coming unraveled - and when that happens, it will break more than the hearts of just a few thousand fans.

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