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Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 8:44 a.m.

Lions lose second straight, Red Wings unbeaten no longer

By Staff


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hobbles off the field in the fourth quarter of a 23-16 loss to the the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

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The Detroit Lions have lost back-to-back games and are hoping they haven't lost their starting quarterback in back-to-back-to-back seasons.

Stafford, dogged by injuries throughout his short career, completed 15-of-32 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Ford Field. When his final fourth-down pass was incomplete with 1:30 to play, he limped off the field.

"We're going to check him out — he sort of limped off the field at the end — look at his knee and ankle," coach Jim Schwartz said after the game. "We'll see where he is this week."

Stafford is reportedly scheduled to receive an MRI today, but told reporters that he could have re-entered Sunday's game if the Lions got the ball back.