Lions snap counts: DeAndre Levy has ironman season

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy has played under the radar for most of his career, with many of the awards and the glare of the national media eluding him.

Levy missed another Pro Bowl selection after another standout season but notched another achievement following Sunday's 30-20 loss at Green Bay. With 66 snaps against the Packers, Levy has played in every defensive snap for the Lions this season.

As part of the Lions' second-ranked defense, Levy led the NFC and finished second in the NFL with 150 tackles, just three behind Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Against the Packers, Levy finished with 10 total tackles, including eight solo. He was part of controversial and pivotal call late in the third quarter when Packers running back Eddie Lacy caught a pass and was untouched on the ground. Lacy rolled over and Levy hit him, jarring the ball loose for an apparent fumble.

But Lacy was ruled down by contact and after a challenge and review, the Packers maintained possession of the ball and extended their 21-14 lead.

Through uncertainty at the linebacker position because of a season-ending injury to middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, Levy was steady throughout the season, working with Tahir Whitehead and a patchwork crew.


SAFETY: Glover Quin 64 (of 66), Don Carey 42, James Ihedigbo 38, Isa Abdul-Quddus 29.

Analysis: Ihedigbo was benched in the second half after ineffective tackling.

"We just made some adjustments, and oftentimes we make decisions depending on what we see and that was one of those," coach Jim Caldwell said.

Abdul-Quddus picked up most of the snaps and played 44 percent. Carey, at 64 percent, also was a beneficiary of the distributed plays.

RUNNING BACK: Joique Bell 31, Reggie Bush 24, Theo Riddick 17, George Winn 1.

Analysis: The Lions mustered 111 rushing yards, including Bell's 60 yards on 13 carries and 19 from Bush, who had only five carries. Bell had a couple of big runs and finished the season with 860 yards, but the Lions didn't have a 100-yard game all season. Riddick added some flash with five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown but didn't have any carries.

RECEIVER: Calvin Johnson 61, Golden Tate 53, Jeremy Ross 39, Corey Fuller 12.

Analysis: Tate was in on just 77 percent of the snaps, down about 10 percent from his usual number. He wasn't as visible in the offensive production, either, with just three catches (on five targets) for 45 yards. Johnson had just four receptions for 39 yards but had a pair of touchdowns. Ross added two catches for 33 yards.