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Detroit Lions: Five things learned from coach Jim Schwartz

Five things we learned from Jim Schwartz’s Monday press conference following the 34-24 win over Minnesota:

1. Ndamukong Suh’s low block penalty was behind the play. Also Schwartz thinks it’s a play they can learn from. He shouldn’t have tried to block an offensive lineman anyway. That guy (John Sullivan) was never going to chase down DeAndre Levy as he ran into the end zone.

2. Why they were able to come back from an ugly start: “These guys believe in each other. They believe in their coaches. They believe in the schemes and they know that they’re talented, so it makes it easy to be resilient.’’

3. Darius Slay is still the starter at cornerback. He was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of veteran Rashean Mathis. But Schwartz compared it to calling in help from the bullpen.

4. On the play of the offensive line: “I thought they run-blocked well, and they obviously gave us enough time and kept the quarterback clean enough to be able to make plays down the field.’’

5. If he thought of going for two when they scored a touchdown at the end of the first half to close the gap to 14-13: ““I don’t even look at the chart until you’re into the fourth quarter, and even then, it’s got to be later. There’s way too many things that can happen at that point.”

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