Detroit Lions still irked by playoff loss to Seattle Seahawks

Four straight losses to end last season left a sour taste in everyone's mouth, and two prominent Detroit Lions said recently they're still trying to get over the team's wildcard meltdown against the Seattle Seahawks.

“I got to find a way to get over it," defensive end Ziggy Ansah said. "I can watch film and how hard we played and we were just not able to come out on top. It was hard to take in, but like I said, 2016 is over so we’re looking forward to this year."

The Lions entered the final three weeks of the 2016 season with a 9-4 record and a chance to win their first division title in 23 years.

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They lost three straight to end the regular season, including the de facto NFC North title game to the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field, then lost their playoff opener to the Seahawks, 26-6.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford played the final month through a sprained fingertip on his throwing hand, and the Lions did not score a touchdown against the Seahawks, dropped four passes in the game and were called for four personal fouls.

"Am I over it?" Ansah said. "Before the season starts I’ll be over it."

Ansah, who struggled much of last season while playing with a high ankle sprain, had his best game of the year against the Seahawks, finishing with nine tackles and two sacks.

Some of the Lions' other key veterans, however, fell flat on the big stage.

Anquan Boldin (two), Haloti Ngata and Tavon Wilson all drew personal fouls in the game, and Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron (two) dropped passes.

Ebron, like Ansah, said he's still trying to move past the loss.

"It definitely hurts," Ebron said. "I've been in the playoffs twice here, lost the first game twice here. It just sucks but we – we dealt with a lot last year, adversity. Injuries. So many of us was injured last year, but you can’t really put it excuses, you just have to work through them. So it hurts. It hurts really bad, but this is a new year, new season and we’re going to attack this one with everything we got."

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