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Same Old Detroit Lions Continue to Find New Ways to Lose

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22:  Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with NFL referee Walt Coleman during a disputed play during the game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans defeated the Lions 34-31.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Josh BerenterCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

10-6 seems like a long time ago, eh?

With their 35-33, last-second loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the Detroit Lions fell to 4-8 this season and found a new way to break the hearts of their dedicated fans.

For over a half-century, Lions fans have been thirsting for a consistent product on the field and a team that can threaten for a championship. But since Detroit won the NFL Championship in 1952, 1953 and 1957, Lions fans have dealt with one heartbreaking loss after another and season after tumultuous season with almost nothing to show for it.

The Lions reached the playoffs last season for the first time since 1999, but after getting embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Game a year ago, Detroit has reverted back to its old ways, continuing to lose games in head-scratching fashion.

Seven of Detroit's eight losses have come by eight or fewer points and the Lions have had a fourth-quarter lead in each of the last three losses.

The Lions led the Colts by 12 points with less than three minutes remaining and lost as time ran out. They led the Houston Texans by seven in the third quarter when coach Jim Schwartz threw a boneheaded challenge flag that cost the Lions the Thanksgiving Day game. And the Lions led the hated Green Bay Packers by six points with less than five minutes remaining, but allowed Aaron Rodgers to drive down the field and score a game-winning touchdown.

The Lions take heartbreak to new levels every week. Just when you think it can't get any worse, they find a new low and manage to blow games in different ways.

Detroit has the talent to be successful, but somehow, the Lions always seem to shoot themselves in the foot. According to TeamRankings.com, they are the fifth-most penalized team this season after committing the third-most penalties in the NFL last season.

There are always off-the-field issues, blown draft picks and in-game blunders, but at the end of the day, no one has taken the responsibility to fix what seems like an easy problem to overcome.

Is it time to fire Schwartz?

Is it time to fire general manager Martin Mayhew?

Is it time to examine the possibility of exploring different options than owner William Clay Ford?

I don't know how high up the housecleaning needs to go, but something needs to change, because Lions fans can't take much more.

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