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Lions... 25 Chiefs... 20

December 24, 2007|From the Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions took advantage of playing a team slumping more than them and avoided making NFL history.

T.J. Duckett ran for a season-high 102 yards and a touchdown, helping Detroit hold on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 25-20.

Detroit had a 19-point lead in the first half, but the victory wasn't sealed until the Chiefs' Samie Parker dived to the ground at the Lions' 30 after getting a lateral with no time left.

The Lions (7-8) ended a six-game losing streak and surpassed the most victories they have had in seven seasons under team President Matt Millen. Detroit also guaranteed it won't be the first team in the league to finish 6-10 after winning six of its first eight games.

Kansas City (4-11) has dropped eight straight, the franchise's worst skid since losing nine in a row in 1987.

Quoteworthy: "Seven wins is four more than we had last year, but it's not good enough." -- Cory Redding, Lions defensive tackle

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