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Lions Pull Out Late 20-16 Win Over Dolphins To Move To 7-2

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The Lions Sunday left nothing to doubt, not allowing the game to come down to a field goal, as Matthew Stafford hit Theo Riddick with a TD pass with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 20-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

The win puts Detroit at 7-2 on the year, and the team also got a boost from the return of Calvin Johnson, who had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit’s past three victories have been by a combined six points, all with fourth-quarter comebacks, and the team has now won four straight.

The Fins took a 16-13 lead with 4:19 remaining on a 20-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis. It was the second time the Dolphins settled for three points near the Detroit goal line.

The Lions had to punt, but they forced Miami to do the same, and Stafford still had 3:13 left when Detroit took over on its 26.

Finally, on third down from the 11, Stafford scrambled a bit to his left and threw to Riddick, the 5-foot-9 running back who slipped behind Reshad Jones in the end zone.

The loss for Miami drops them to 5-4 on the season.

The Lions looked like they were going to have an easy time of it Sunday, as they led 10-0, but another huge screw up on special teams allowed the Dolphins to get back in the game.

Matt Prater’s 42-yard attempt was blocked by Earl Mitchell in the third quarter, and Dion Jordan’s 58-yard return put the ball at the Detroit 3, and set up Ryan Tannehill’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace to make it 10-7.

The Lions outgained Miami 121-1 in building their early lead. But the game quickly turned into the type of low-scoring struggle expected between the top-ranked defense in each conference.

Detroit’s early touchdown came when Stafford found Johnson deep over the middle in single coverage. With a 7-inch height advantage over cornerback Brent Grimes, Johnson hauled in the pass in for a 49-yard score while Grimes tumbled to the ground behind him.

The Lions remain up on the Packers in the NFC North, Green Bay comes into Sunday night at 5-3 as they will take on the Bears, who are 3-5.

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One Response to “Lions Pull Out Late 20-16 Win Over Dolphins To Move To 7-2”

  1. Berdj Rassam says:

    Starting the season at 7-2, you’d think that the Lions should get into the playoffs, yet many tough games exist on their schedule.

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