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Schwartz gets the axe in Detroit

Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions have relieved head coach Jim Schwartz of his duties following a late-season meltdown, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit had a 6-3 record following a win in Chicago on Nov. 10, but lost six of its last seven games to finish a disappointing 7-9.

The Lions appeared to be a team on the rise after reaching the playoffs in 2011 with a 10-6 record behind a young nucleus. The club, however, won only four games the next season and squandered a prime opportunity to seize control of a weakened NFC North this year.

Detroit's two main rivals for the division title, Green Bay and Chicago, both played without their starting quarterbacks for extended stretches in the second half.

More to follow.

12/30 12:33:11 ET

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