Lions won't mail it in

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions' shot a postseason berth ended with a loss to the New York Giants. Their players said not to expect them to go through the motions when they end the regular season on Sunday.

The Lions (7-8) visit Minnesota, and even though both teams are playing their final games, Detroit expects the Vikings to be ready in the final NFL game at Mall of America Field.

"They're going to be ready," guard Rob Sims said. "Even though they've been out of it for a while. This is still a professional league and you still do what you're paid to do."

Lions players remained upbeat days after Detroit missed a chance to keep playoff hopes alive. The 23-20 overtime loss to New York means Chicago and Green Bay will play a winner-take-all game Sunday for the NFC North title.

Defensive end Israel Idonije, a 10-year veteran, said he and others know changes are coming.

"Players come, players go," he said. "This game is full of transition. You just hope that transition is limited.

"We still have a game to play."

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he recently addressed his job status with his players. Frazier's job could be on the line after Minnesota (4-10-1) followed last season's playoff appearance with a last-place finish in the division.

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