Lions' Caldwell: Playoff loss to Cowboys a distant memory

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

It's been more than five months since the Lions' playoff loss to the Cowboys, in a game that they led, 20-7, before falling in the final minutes. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team has moved on from the loss and there isn't much discussion of that game.

"That game — that last game of the year — is so far back in our rear-view mirror, we don't even talk about it," he said. "We're focused in on what's ahead. Besides that, the thing about this league is your team changes about 35 percent, so a lot of these guys don't even know what you're talking about, you know? They have no idea.

"They weren't in the game, they weren't involved in it. So, what we do is we focus in on the things that are ahead of us, the things that we can do something about and not some things that we can't control."

Because of the week-to-week nature of the NFL, there isn't much time to dwell on tough losses, nor on fortunate wins.

"We've been in a lot of big games. We've been in a lot of games where we've been behind. We've been in games where we've been ahead," Caldwell said. "We've been behind by 21 points. I don't think these guys have to get any sort of lecture about what it's like to be down and fight your way back or what it's like to hang on to a lead and finish it off. So, they've done it and demonstrated it many times. "