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    Rash of holding penalties ‘not fair’

    The Detroit Lions suffered another self-inflicted loss Thursday, committing 10 penalties in a 16-14 Thanksgiving defeat to the Chicago Bears.

    After the game, Lions quarterback Jared Goff took issue with the amount of holding penalties assessed against the Lions.

    “The false starts are absolutely on us,” Goff said. “Those can’t happen, but you can call holding on every single play. It’s no excuse. We’ve done it too much and I know those guys are hard on themselves front, but back there they can throw that flag every play. To me, it seemed like it was a little too often on that call.”

    LIONS GRADES:OL struggles too much to overcome in loss to Bears

    The Lions were flagged for offensive holding six times Thursday, and twice were penalized on three consecutive plays.

    Leading 7-3 and in field goal territory in the second quarter, T.J. Hockenson was flagged for a false start on first-and-10 from the Chicago 29-yard line. Center Evan Brown was called for holding on the next play, and Jamaal Williams followed with a false start, leaving the Lions with a first-and-30 from the Chicago 49.

    Lions quarterback Jared Goff fumbles the ball after being sacked by Bears defensive end Robert Quinn during the first half on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field.

    Goff threw for a short gain to Williams on the next play, Williams was stopped for a 6-yard loss on a swing pass on second down, and the after a short run on third-and-32, the Lions punted the ball away.

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    The Bears scored two plays later to take a 10-7 lead.

    In the fourth quarter, Evan Brown was flagged for a false start on second-and-7 from the Lions’ 47-yard line. Tommy Kraemer, making his first career start at right guard in place of Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Taylor Decker drew holding penalties on the next two plays, and the Lions punted on fourth-and-25, never to see the ball again.

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