The Lions had just lost, 27-19, to the 49ers and already coach Jim Schwartz was setting the tone for this week.

“It’s a 16-game season,” he said. “One of the things you have to be able to do over 16 games is negotiate all the highs and lows that go into a season. This felt like a playoff game between two teams with high expectations, but it was not a playoff game. We got to play next week.

“The teams that do well are the teams that negotiate the highs and lows of the league. These kind of games are going to happen. You need to bounce back.”

His message to the team afterward – get ready to play at Tennessee next week and don’t let one loss bleed into two.

“It would be one thing if we played our best football and got blown out of the water,” said quarterback Matthew Stafford. “We played poorly. We had a lot of penalties. We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities and it was a one touchdown game at the end.”

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