Colts vs. Lions: Lions Secondary Collapses in Final 2 Minutes of Tough Loss

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass in front of Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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It's coming down to the end of games and the Detroit Lions' secondary being unable to hold onto a lead.

Really, it's a problem for the entire game. 

When Matt Stafford throws for over 300 yards again and the Lions still lose, you have to start looking at the defense.

Yes, the Lions' secondary generated three interceptions, but when it counted and when the game was on the line, they couldn't keep Andrew Luck and company from marching down the field on their way to a game-winning touchdown pass.

For that matter, in the last two minutes, they allowed two touchdown passes including a 42-yard score to well-known highlight reel LaVon Brazill.

Offensively, the running backs were very effective, totaling 138 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Certainly, it was the best outing the backfield has had this season even if it wasn't the most touchdowns or total yards.

Unfortunately, Stafford continues to hammer the ball at Calvin Johnson to exclusion. Part of that was because rookie Ryan Broyles went down with a knee injury. He hurt his right knee, whereas the surgery which ended his college season in 2011 was on his left knee.

As of now we're not sure how long he'll be out, but as long as he is, the Lions face a sticky problem. Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler filled in nicely (Scheffler in the slot for a while) but the truth is that if Broyles is out for a length of time, Mike Thomas is the next best option.

Which begs the question: Do you ask Titus Young back? Inactive for two games and not the most-loved player in the locker room; can he come back, and is he wanted by his own team?

If Broyles is down, do they even have a choice?

That's just one of the many questions facing this team in the final four games.

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