Stafford injures ankle in Lions' humiliating loss

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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions were already down their coach, defensive coordinator and three position coaches due to COVID-19 close contact quarantine. Then their quarterback, Matthew Stafford, played a series before suffering an ankle injury, ending his day.

The combination of that, along with a season already lost, led to this: one of the worst losses in franchise history.

The Lions lost 47-7 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, the team’s worst home defeat in the Super Bowl era and fourth-worst home loss of all time. It’s the ninth time in the team’s history the Lions lost by 40 or more points.

“The issue was on offense we couldn’t stay on the field,” Lions receivers coach/acting head coach Robert Prince said. “And on defense we couldn’t get off the field.”

Prior to Saturday, the team’s worst loss at home in the Super Bowl era was a 55-17 blowout by San Francisco on Dec. 19, 1993. That Lions team ended up winning the division — Detroit’s last divisional title — and going 10-6. This Lions team had already been eliminated from the playoffs and clinched their third straight losing season.

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