Lions' loss epitomizes Matt Patricia's tenure as a double-digit lead turns into defeat

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DETROIT — You’ve likely read something like this before on the Detroit Lions over the past two-plus seasons. They take a lead, it looks like the Lions have a shot. Then, like the same horrid film again and again, the same recurring things appear.

The defense can’t stop the run or the pass. Silly penalties elongate drives. The offense is too inconsistent for the talent they have. It’s been the theme of the Matt Patricia era, on full display in a 35-29 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.

Detroit once again held a double-digit lead, up 14-0 in the first five minutes. Predictably, the Lions lost that lead. Not only did they lose it, they gave up 35 straight points by the middle of the third quarter. It was eerily reminiscent of the loss at Green Bay in Week 2, when everything looked good for a quarter only to end in a mauling.

Matt Patricia’s Lions’ fell to 1-3 on the season after blowing a double-digit lead to the Saints. Kirthmon F. Dozier/IMAGN

It’s the fifth straight game in which the Lions held a double-digit lead yet still lost, which according to Elias extends the NFL record they

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