ARLINGTON, Texas – There won't be any getting around the infamy. Not for Detroit Lions fans, anyway. Not in a city where this latest cold, dead postseason failure will be planted 6 feet under – next to the Oakland Raiders' "Tuck Game;" adjacent to the Green Bay Packers' "Fail Mary" and not far from the San Diego Chargers' "Immaculate Deception."
There is a hole somewhere in there, waiting for Detroit's 24-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Another postseason opportunity squashed, adding to a gruesome 1-11 postseason record since 1957. But this one might be one of the most painful, thwarted by a phantom flag – a fourth-quarter pass interference call against Dallas that was inexplicably (and as video evidence later showed, incorrectly) reversed.
A moment and a loss that brought even the hardest of hearts – like Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh – to crack.
"I didn't expect this," Suh said afterward, with a shaking voice and tears welling in his eyes. "That's what it comes down to."
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