Ultimately, it will be about the Lions making the postseason. Some believe ownership won't truly be happy until the team finally wins a playoff game.

The Lions have won just one playoff game since 1957, that coming in 1991. So while a second trip to the playoffs in three years would be good, it's about winning in the postseason, not just getting there.

In order to get to that place, beating teams in the playoffs, you have to start in the regular season. Make no mistake about it, this was a bad loss.

"It's tough," said Johnson, who had two touchdowns. "We're both fighting for 5-2, we're tops in our division - we're playing good ball.

"To come up with a loss like this, we knew it was going to come down to a play or two at the end of the game and it definitely did. We were on the wrong end of that."

Sadly, once again.