Backus Struggled Against Atlanta

–Coach Jim Schwartz was overheard on the network broadcast (as well as throughout the press box via the referee’s microphone) chewing out the officiating crew after the game-winning field goal Sunday. Apparently a couple of the officials thought they were playing a playoff game because they tried to clear the field so the Vikings could take possession. “I had to remind them it was a regular-season game,” Schwartz said. “They were going to get it right. The referee (Ron Winter) knew right away, but he had a couple of whistles and needed to listen to his guys.”

–Schwartz on whether Sunday’s win was the biggest in his tenure with the Lions: “Our biggest win hasn’t come yet.”

–LT Jeff Backus’ 163rd straight start will not be going on his career highlight reel – especially not the final drive in regulation. “What was probably (most) disappointing for Jeff was the last series (in regulation),” Schwartz said. “He had the two false starts and an allowed sack. But the rest of the time he was playing against a really good player (DE Jared Allen) and he was battling. Our quarterback got hit seven times and sacked five times. Two were on Jeff. But he gets a lot of attention because he’s a left tackle. Just in general terms, Jeff can play better and he will play better.”

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