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Schwartz: Lions committed facemask foul on final play vs. Vikes

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Sure, the Detroit Lions will acknowledge they caught a break when linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbed Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb's on the final play in Sunday's game.

The Lions held on to beat the Vikings 34-28 after avoiding a flag on Levy that would have given Minnesota one more shot to win with no time on the clock.

"We grabbed the facemask," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "But there's probably about three or four other plays in that game where guys got a facemask or guys got a hold. There were a couple fourth-down plays where I think we're getting held that they convert fourth down.

"If they don't convert that play, that thing at the end doesn't even matter."

Schwartz said officials get it right and wrong on almost every play because it's a fast-paced game that is difficult to officiate in real time without the benefit of slow-motion replay to review after every snap.

"I dare say, 90 percent of the plays that are played in the NFL, there's something that goes on somewhere that somebody either gets away with or gets called unrightfully so," he said. "That's not to be critical, that's just saying it's a very, very difficult thing."

Notes: Lions CB Aaron Berry injured his right shoulder against the Vikings, another setback for an injury-ravaged secondary. But Schwartz said initial tests seem to indicate Berry can come back this season. ... RB Kevin Smith (right ankle), S Louis Delmas (right knee) and CB Chris Houston (left knee) were among the injured inactive players Sunday, and Schwartz said none of them has season-ending injuries, adding some of the team's banged-up players are going to be at least close to playing this weekend at Oakland. ... Detroit gave players the day off Monday, along with their usual day of rest Tuesday, before Wednesday's practice.

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