1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2012
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday Blitz: Lions-Eagles Recap
It'll be a long bye week for this turnover-prone team.
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Michael Vick and Co. need to turn things around quickly or it could cost Eagles coach Andy Reid his job, writes Ashley Fox. Story
For three quarters, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was terrible. Then -- poof! -- he got on a roll, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog
"This is pretty bad because this was a big game for us," said Asomugha, the two-time All-Pro cornerback. "We lost last week and going into a bye this hurts a lot because it would have helped us. If we can't win a game like that, we have to go back to the drawing board. We have to close out a game like that."
A defense that held Stafford and Calvin Johnson in check for 3½ quarters collapsed at the end for the second straight week, and the Eagles (3-3) enter the bye with consecutive late losses. Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a long drive that ended with a final-second field goal for a 16-14 win last Sunday.
"They wanted it more. We blew it," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said.
Stafford led Detroit to 17 points in the last 10 minutes to force overtime, throwing a TD pass and running for a score. He finished with 311 yards passing, one TD and one interception.
The comeback kept the Lions (2-3) from a 1-4 start a year after opening 5-0 en route to their first playoff appearance since 1999.
"It takes lot of heart," Stafford said. "It would have been a lot easier to just pack it in. This team has a lot of fight. We didn't play great. We did on defense, not on offense. Every guy in that locker room didn't stop playing, and that's what got us the win."
Michael Vick threw for 311 yards and two TDs, but he also had two interceptions and a botched snap led to another lost fumble. The Eagles now have 17 turnovers in six games, including 13 by Vick on eight picks and five fumbles.
"This is going to hurt for a long time," Vick said. "We put ourselves in position to win and didn't finish."
Down 23-13 after Vick's 70-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin with 5:18 left, the Lions answered.
Detroit had two shots from the Eagles 1 following a pass interference penalty on Colt Anderson with 13 seconds left in regulation. But Stafford misfired on both passes, and Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime.
"I don't know what to tell you other than we have to do better," coach Andy Reid said. "We've got to learn how to win football games. You have a 10-point lead with 10 minutes left, you have to learn how to finish."
The Lions sacked Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at midfield.
Stafford hit Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 27 on first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the winner.
"I was nervous," Hanson said. "We needed it bad. We needed it to get our season on track."
Johnson had 135 yards receiving, but the All-Pro wide receiver still has no TD catches from Stafford this season. He was called for offensive pass interference to negate his 11-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter.
The undisciplined Lions overcame 16 penalties, most in the NFL this season.
After Detroit closed within 16-13 in the fourth, the Eagles got their biggest play of the season when Vick connected with Maclin on a deep slant pass. It was Philadelphia's first play for more than 49 yards all season.
No problem for the Lions. Stafford had found his groove.
The Eagles went three-and-out, and Stafford drove the Lions downfield to tie.
Vick shook off a poor start and the offense finally got going late in the second quarter. He hit LeSean McCoy on a 2-yard pass to put Philadelphia up 7-6.
The Eagles increased their lead to 10-6 on Alex Henery's 26-yard field goal on the first series of the second half.
Henery kicked a 32-yarder to make it 13-6 after Brent Celek was called for offensive pass interference to negate his 3-yard TD catch.
That penalty turned out to be the difference.
Henery's 49-yarder early in the fourth extended the margin to 16-6 for Philadelphia's biggest lead of the season.
But the Lions got right back in it when Stafford led an 80-play drive, finishing it with a 1-yard run to make it 16-13. Johnson, held to just one previous catch, caught passes of 37 and 20 yards on the drive.
Eagles rookie Fletcher Cox was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting an unnecessary roughness penalty for punching a player on Detroit's extra point. ... Lions CB Jacob Lacey left with a concussion. ... Johnson's only TD catch this season came on a pass from Shaun Hill. ... Lions FS Louis Delmas was active and starting for the first time this season after having knee surgery in August. ... Ricky Watters was the honorary captain for Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, waves from the field before the...(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.2||4.6|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||11:03||Jason Hanson 46 Yd||3||0|
|FG||03:58||Jason Hanson 34 Yd||6||0|
|TD||01:16||LeSean McCoy 2 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick)||6||7|
|FG||08:23||Alex Henery 26 Yd||6||10|
|FG||03:39||Alex Henery 32 Yd||6||13|
|FG||13:39||Alex Henery 49 Yd||6||16|
|TD||10:30||Matthew Stafford 1 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick)||13||16|
|TD||05:18||Jeremy Maclin 70 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick)||13||23|
|TD||03:32||Nate Burleson 17 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick)||20||23|
|FG||00:03||Jason Hanson 19 Yd||23||23|
|FG||11:00||Jason Hanson 45 Yd||26||23|
Michael Vick completed 3-of-11 passes (27.2 percent) for 35 yards and an interception when under duress or hit while throwing Sunday against the Lions. In his first five games, Vick was put under duress, hit or sacked on 35.2 percent of his total dropbacks, the highest of any qualified quarterback. Vick entered the game completing 29.1 percent of his passes when under duress or hit while throwing, fourth-worst in the league.
Matthew Stafford was 1-for-5 for 28 yards and an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield through the first three quarters on Sunday. Stafford finally came alive in the fourth quarter, hitting on 4-of-7 deep throws for 127 yards and a touchdown.[+]
Matthew Stafford Throws At Least 15 Yards Downfield, 2012 Season
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