Detroit Lions Come Back to Beat St. Louis Rams 27-23

By Brian Cote

Matthew Stafford redeemed himself after three first half interceptions. The Detroit Lions QB came through with a five yard touchdown pass to RB Kevin Smith with 10 seconds remaining against the St. Louis Rams.

The TD pass was the only one of the game for Stafford, but yet it turned out to be the one that mattered the most as it gave Detroit a 27-23 lead. Stafford finished with an unimpressive line of one touchdown and three picks to go along with 355 yards in the air.

Matthew Stafford must have been doing his best Brett Favre impersonation in the first half as he was just carelessly throwing the ball with no regard or respect for the Rams defense. Even though Stafford thought the Rams defense was playing on his team early on, he came up big at the end when he had to.

RB Kevin Smith had a solid game for the Lions with a rushing and a receiving touchdown. Smith broke free on the final scoring play from the Rams blitz and got open while Stafford delivered the ball just before taking a sack. It was a big moment for the Lions, but it shows that Detroit has a great deal of work to do.

St. Louis had taken the lead with less than two minutes left after a 46 yard field goal by rookie Greg Zuerlein that banged in off the left post like a ball in a pinball machine to give the Rams a 23-20 lead.

Calvin “Megatron” Johnson held true on his goal to get a 100 yards receiving each game out this season. Johnson finished with six catches for 111 yards.

Despite not getting the Rams to turn the ball over, the Lions defense was able to keep the St. Louis offense in check all game long. If not for some key mistakes by Stafford and company on offense the game would have been a lot different.

The Lions end week one of the NFL season with a win, but the team will need to shed its helter-skelter play if it is going to have a chance next week against the San Francisco 49ers.

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