For the Detroit Lions, it was too little, too late in loss to Carolina

Lions tight end Darren Fells runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the second half against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Detroit. (AP photo)

AP Sports Writer
ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions needed one more possession for a chance at another come-from-behind victory.
The clock — and the Carolina Panthers — wouldn’t allow it.
Detroit scored two touchdowns 2:26 apart in the fourth quarter Sunday, but after that, the Panthers were able to run out the clock on a 27-24 win. The Lions trailed 27-10 after three, and that was ultimately too large a deficit.
“When you play with fire, you get burned every now and again,” defensive back Don Carey said.
Detroit was behind in the fourth quarter in eight of its nine victories last season, but those deficits weren’t more than seven points.
On Sunday, the Lions nearly erased a 17-point Carolina lead. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the fourth to Darren Fells.
The Lions never got the ball back, however, and paid a price for being outplayed badly in the middle two quarters.
As coach Jim Caldwell pointed out Monday, it wasn’t necessarily a slow start for Detroit, which led 10-3 early in the second.
“We just can’t have the kind of lapse that we had in the middle that gets them up by two scores,” Caldwell said.
“We ended the game battling back from a deficit and guys showed a lot of heart.”