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Lions Are NFL's Version of Dead Men Walking

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It wouldn’t qualify as singularly aching heartbreak because there have been far too many other examples over the past half-century that squeezed every last scream from your lungs and tightened your fists into a wall-denting ball.

 

That sensation of impending doom was all too familiar Sunday afternoon when rookie quarterback Andrew Luck escaped from the pocket on fourth down on the 14 and the game clock approaching all zeroes. Luck lived up to his surname, finding receiver Donnie Avery underneath the Lions’ coverage inside the 10.

 

Avery rambled into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with a deliriously happy Luck following him for a celebration in one corner of Ford Field that starkly contrasted the desolation on the...

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