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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Just plain ugly - but the Lions win

Detroit Lions' Casey FitzSimmons, left, blocks a punt by Kansas City Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt that resulted in a safety for Detroit during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Detroit. The Lions won 25-20, and it was ugly. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Julian H. Gonzalez)
Perhaps that was fitting for two teams that combined for a 13-game losing streak. The Detroit Lions, though, are not in the position to get picky. T.J. Duckett ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions' Boss Bailey (97) and Ernie Sims make the tackle against Kansas City Chiefs' Jason Dunn during the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kirthmon F. Dozier)
Detroit led 19-0 early in the second quarter before Kansas City suddenly showed a pulse when quarterback Brodie Croyle was injured and replaced by Damon Huard. Playing for the first time since Week 11, Huard efficiently led 80- and 77-yard drives toward the end of the first half to pull the Chiefs within five points.
Huard's 34-yard pass - on a rope - to Dwayne Bowe in the end zone converted a fourth down and made it 22-20 early in the fourth. It snapped a six-game scoreless streak in the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion failed.
Then, the Lions struggled to put Kansas City away.
After Jason Hanson kicked his third field goal with 43 seconds left, the Chiefs got the ball back one more time with a chance to score a go-ahead TD.

Kansas City's final drive started at its 17 with 39 seconds left, and Parker ended any chance for a remarkable game-ending play by going to the turf with no time on the clock. He could only laugh.(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit's Jon Kitna threw just 16 passes for 115 yards and an interception.


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