ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) -- As far as Eric Ebron is concerned, the retirement of Calvin Johnson is less of an issue than some might have made it out to be.
"That's media. That's what media does," Ebron said with a grin on his face. "No one thought we'd be where we are right now, but - he's missed and you can't ever replace a talent like that - we all knew we had to step up and get the same production without him."
Even though the Lions enter their final four games atop the NFC North with an 8-4 record, Ebron is downplaying the idea that this December is more meaningful than others.
"We're still playing one game at a time. That's all we're thinking about this month of December."
But that doesn't mean the importance of finishing strong is lost on him.
"The best teams that make it to the playoffs, your Patriots, your (Packers), your teams that have been dominant for years, they played well this time of year, so we have to do the same."