Detroit Lions come up short in Atlanta, falling to the Falcons 20-16: Game thread recap

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Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle (12) works under center against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Atlanta.
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Detroit Lions (2-11-1) vs. Atlanta Falcons (6-8)

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

TV/radio: Fox; WXYT-FM (97.1; other radio affiliates).

Line: Falcons by 6½.

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Game notes: The Lions will try to end a solid December — if you're not hell-bent on having the 2022 top pick — on a high note and spoil the Falcons' faint postseason hopes. The Lions beat the Arizona Cardinals at home last week, 30-12. Atlanta is coming off a 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The six-win Falcons are behind four other non-division leaders in the race for one of three wild-card spots.

Detroit will likely be without top quarterback Jared Goff (COVID-19 protocols). Tim Boyle will make his second start of the season in Goff's place. He passed for 77 yards in a Week 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Lions also lost a(nother) starting cornerback to injury when Amani Oruwariye was placed on injured reserve.

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