Snow or shine, Lions find way to lose

Snow or shine, Lions find way to lose
December 8, 2013, 9:00 pm
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In the midst of a blizzard in Philadelphia, the Lions blew a fourth quarter lead and lost 34-20 to the Eagles on Sunday. (AP)

First, this weather report: Every NFL weekend should have at least one calf-deep snowstorm, as happened in Detroit-Philadelphia.

Not that Detroit couldn’t have blown a lead on a clear warm day, mind you. The Lions do this all the time. It just went down a little easier with LeSean McCoy making snow angels on their playoff hopes.

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Now, the fun, starting with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown stepping out of bounds on the 15-yard line after a desperation five-lateral play that the Steelers needed to beat Miami. A.B., there’s a man named Kapp in the lobby who wants to see you, and he keeps muttering the word “gra-bass.”

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Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal at the end of the first half in Denver was a thing for the ages – until the Broncos decided to score 31 points in the second half to obliterate Tennessee. In other words, a giant step for Prater, a small step for the AFC West.

In short, it would have been cooler for him if he could have had Phil Dawson’s day, but he’ll b a proud third sidebar in the Denver Post Monday.

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In Cleveland, on the other hand, a laughably bad pass interference call in the dying moments against New England gave Browns fans the one thing they needed most desperately as this miserable season winds down – a reason to bitch about something other than Brandon Weeden.

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And in Baltimore, where the Minnesota Vikings hurled up yet another hairball because they got the even-numbered touchdowns in a five-TDs-in-2:01 burst at game’s end, the day was made even more magical when the Viking charter was scratched because of a collision with a catering truck.

Well, when we say collision, we mean that the plane wasn’t moving, so it really had little to do with the accident except, well, exist. Hope those steaks went down well over West Virginia, fellas.

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Oh, and Toronto mayor Rob Ford picked Washington to beat Kansas City on a stateside radio station.

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Meanwhile, no surprises in the college bowl matchups, though you can expect some complaining from Eugene, where the Oregons got dropped down to the Alamo Bowl against Texas for the effrontery of losing at Stanford, at Arizona and nearly losing at home to Oregon State.

On the bigger (and by that we mean smaller) stage, there are six 6-6 teams in this year’s field – Washington State at the New Mexico, Pitt at the Little Caesars, Rutgers at the New Era, North Carolina at the Belk, Oregon State at the Hawaii and Mississippi State at the Liberty. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, our own little contribution, got BYU and Washington, and neither of those can end with a losing record, making this a much better match than the 2011 spectacular, which gave us the first and only eight-loss team ever, UCLA.

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And finally, this was a bad day, news-wise, for the Sacramento Kings to deal for Rudy Gay. It’s no reason not to trade for him, but if you can’t get top billing in your own paper . . . unless of course you can. That’s a lot of pressure to put on the Sacramento Bee, but they’re up to it, I’m sure.

Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com