Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit Lions: Takeaways from Detroit's 18-16 Loss

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit Lions: Takeaways from Detroit's 18-16 Loss
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The Detroit Lions have suffered some soul-crushing losses in the past 20 years, but none might be any worse than the 18-16 loss on Monday Night Football to the Baltimore Ravens

When Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal, his sixth of the game, snuck inside the upright and just over the crossbar, Lions fans everywhere saw their playoff dreams crushed. 

Matthew Stafford's subsequent interception was the equivalent of the high school sweetheart who breaks your heart one day and starts dating your biggest nemesis the next. 

With the loss, the Lions fall to 7-7. After a 6-3 start, Detroit has lost four of its last five to fall out of the NFC North lead. The Lions now trail the 8-6 Chicago Bears and 7-6-1 Green Bay Packers.

Detroit hosts the 5-9 New York Giants on Sunday. It's a short week to recover from such an emotionally devastating loss, though the Giants were shut out at home by Seattle in Week 15.

Here are my initial takeaways from the devastating Detroit loss.

*All statistics are courtesy of NFL.com unless otherwise indicated.

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