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Sunday
Jan042015

Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo came through when it counted late in the fourth quarter and hit Terrance Williams with a eight-yard touchdown strike to rally the Cowboys back to a 24-20 win over the Lions in the wild card round on Sunday.

Romo finished the game with 293 yards and two touchdown passes to Williams, the first was a 76-yard bomb in the second quarter.

DeMarco Murray pulled Dallas within seven with a touchdown run in the third quarter, which set up the go-ahead pass to Williams with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Romo's winning drive came after officials reversed a pass interference penalty against the Cowboys, the Lions then punted the ball.

"You just have to stay in the moment and understand the game," Romo said. "It doesn't end after the first quarter, second quarter. You just have to keep calm. I've played enough games to understand that. Maybe I didn't do that as well when I was younger."

The Cowboys defense did the rest and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who fumbled and Demarcus Lawrence recovered it to seal the deal for Detroit.

The Green Bay Packers will host Dallas next weekend.

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Saturday
Jan032015

Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions are 7-11 all-time in the playoffs and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round.

Detroit is making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2011 season, which was the first playoff appearance for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Obviously I've got a ton more experience," Stafford said.  "I've played in a lot more football games.  I'd like to think that I'm probably a little bit better at doing what it takes to win games and not just throw for a million yards and touchdowns."

Stafford will also be making his return to Dallas where he grew up.

"It's always fun to go back there and play," Stafford said of seeing his family members.  "It'll be fun."

The last time the Lions won a playoff game was when running back Barry Sanders was patrolling the field against Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.

"I don't need much motivation, it's a playoff game," Stafford said of breaking their skid.  "Win or go home gives you enough motivation."

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Friday
Dec262014

Packers and Lions to Go Head-to-Head with NFC North on the Line 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday with the NFC North on the line.

Green Bay is 7-0 at Lambeau Field this year and understands the importance of getting a bye in the first week of the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

"I think [the fans are] going to be nice and loud this week," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.  "It's going to be a lot to play for."

Rodgers is leading the offense to 30.4 points per game and has tossed 36 touchdowns this year.

Still, in the game Rodgers will keep his eye on the Lions defense. "They're playing really well," he said. "They've had a great season. They're defense is right there at the top, it's great all the way around."

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell knows Rodgers is a force to watch. "He's certainly an exceptional talent," he said.  "He's also extremely familiar with the system they run, he knows where everyone is."

The Lions have won four games in a row and will have the No. 2 spot in the NFC if they win on Sunday.


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Tuesday
Sep092014

Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson twice in the first quarter for touchdowns and never looked back in the Lions 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Stafford passed for 346 yards with two touchdown passes to Johnson in the victory.

"I don't work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive," Stafford said. "On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open."

Johnson finished with seven receptions, 163 yards, and the two early touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a career high 27 interceptions last season, added two on opening night and was 18 of 33 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

"No excuses. We played very poorly," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We don't have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn't move the ball, couldn't stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance."


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Saturday
Sep062014

Lions Welcome Giants to Ford Field on Monday Night

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions will welcome the New York Giants to Ford Field this Monday Night in their season opener.

The Lions will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines this year with Jim Caldwell. He takes over for Jim Schwartz, who was fired in the off-season after compiling a record of 29-51 in five seasons at the helm.

Detroit’s offense will be led once again by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford is the only quarterback in league history to pass for 4,500 yards or more in three of his first five seasons. In the last three seasons, Johnson has 5,137 receiving yards.

Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants will be running the West Coast offense this season under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Last year, Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions.


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Tuesday
Dec172013

Tucker Boots Ravens Past Lions 18-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Baltimore Ravens are getting hot at the right time.

Justin Tucker kicked six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder with 38 seconds remaining, to lift the defending Super Bowl champions over the Detroit Lions 18-16 on Monday night.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to let Tucker try the field goal on a fourth-and-8 from the Detroit 43.

"If they send me out there, they have reason to," Tucker said. "It's because they think I can make the kick."

Matthew Stafford threw for 235 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Lions (7-7), who have now lost control of their own postseason destiny.  They fell to third place in the NFC North behind the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers and will need outside help in order to make the playoffs.

"This is a setback, no question," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "We had control and now we need help. We have to get two wins and let the rest shake out."

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam intercepted Stafford to seal the victory for Baltimore (8-6). 

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Sunday
Dec082013

Eagles Rally Past the Lions, 34-20 In the Snow

Rob Carr Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Even with the snow pouring down in south Philadelphia, nothing could stop the Eagles as they defeated the Detroit Lions 34-20 for their fifth straight win.

The Eagles trailed 14-0 at halftime with near-blizzard conditions at Lincoln Financial Field. But the Eagles rallied back to score 28 fourth quarter points to take down the Lions.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was the story for the Eagles on Sunday. He finished the game with 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns. In doing so, he broke the Eagles single-game rushing record held by Steve Van Buren back in 1949.

"It was tough, to be honest," McCoy said after the game. "But the guys were giving me so much room. I actually like to run in between the tackles."

Also during the game, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season, falling one short of tying Peyton Manning's record of throwing 20 touchdowns to start a season before throwing an interception.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 8-5 after winning just four games last season. The Lions fell to 7-6 and are curetly in first place in teh NFC North.

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Thursday
Nov282013

Lions Dominate the Packers, 40-10 on Thanksgiving Day

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions showed the Green Bay Packers and the rest of America just how well they can play after their 40-10 win over their NFC North rival.

The Lions turned the ball over four times, but you'd never know by the score as the Lions offense was too much for the Packers and backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

Even though he lost a fumble and threw two interceptions, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did throw for 330 yards with three touchdowns on the day.

Reggie Bush 117 yards rushing to go with 65 yards receiving along with a touchdown while wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

The Lions gained 561 yards of total offense while the Packers managed just 126 yards of total offense.

Flynn was ineffective for the Packers on Thursday. He threw for just 139 yards and an interception. Running back Eddie Lacy had just 16 rushing yards on 10 carries.

With the win, Detroit improves to 7-5 and are in first place in the division.

Detroit had lost their previous nine games on Thanksgiving.

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Sunday
Nov242013

Buccaneers Hold Off Lions, 24-21

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times in their 24-21 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Tampa Bay (3-8) forced five turnovers and won their third straight game in the process.

"As disappointing as this was, it doesn't eliminate us from anything," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "It just raises the urgency level for the next five games."

Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon tossed two touchdowns for 247 yards and did not throw an interception.

"One of the more gutsy performances I've seen," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of his team's defensive effort.

Detroit (6-5) has now lost two straight games for the first time this season and will play host the Packers on Thanksgiving.

"I can't make bad decisions, and I had a couple of those and a couple bad breaks," Stafford said.

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Sunday
Oct272013

Matthew Stafford Shocks Cowboys, 31-30

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Calvin Johnson came up huge and Matthew Stafford surprised the Cowboys (4-4) on the last play of their final drive with seconds remaining in the Lions (5-3) 31-30 comeback win on Sunday.

Stafford's one-yard dive into the end zone with 12 seconds remaining tied the game up at 30 before the extra point.

"I was yelling that I was going to spike the ball," Stafford recalled. "But their linebackers were just standing there."

Calvin Johnson recorded 329 receiving yards with a touchdown and caught a 22-yard pass from Stafford that set up the dive into the end zone.

Johnson's 329 yards put him second on the NFL's all-time receiving yard list.  Flipper Anderson holds the all-time lead with 336 yards.

"Even our fans didn't think we could pull this one out," Johnson said of the comeback. "They were leaving, but we knew we could do it."

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw three touchdowns for 206 yards in the loss.

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