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Johnson and Stafford Lead Lions Past Cowboys

  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle
  • Published in Detroit

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Fans who turned the game off early may have missed one of the greatest endings ever.  After the Lions went four and out late in the fourth quarter, they were able to hold the Cowboys to a field goal and get the ball back with 1:02 left on the clock.  With no timeouts remaining, Matthew Stafford led the Lions eighty yards down the field into the endzone.

The deciding touchdown came at the one yard line with twelve seconds left.  Stafford hurried everyone to the line calling for a spike.  This is when Stafford made the decision to leap into the endzone instead of spiking it.  He caught everyone off guard.  Not only was the Cowboys’ defense surprised, so was the Lions’ offensive line. 

The Lions out produced the Cowboys in almost every offensive category.  They had 623 total yards to the Coyboys’ 268.  The difference was that the Lions turned the ball over four times while the Cowboys did not have a turnover.

Calvin Johnson was able to show Dez Bryant why he is the best in the league on Sunday.  Johnson caught 14 balls for 329 yards and a touchdown.  Bryant was held to three catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns.  Johnson’s yard total is the second highest in league history.  Only Flipper Anderson had more yards totaling 336.  However, Anderson had 40 yards in overtime which gives Johnson the high yard total in regulation.

Dez Bryant may compare to Calvin Johnson on the field but he has a major attitude problem.  Throughout Sundays game he could be seen complaining to the coaching staff and Tony Romo.  His complaining looked anything but professional.  Bryant has a lot of growing up to do if he wants to be the next Calvin Johnson.

Reggie Bush had another productive day despite being banged up in practice during the week.  He ran for 92 yards on 21 carries and had a touchdown.  He also caught eight balls for 30 yards.  Joique Bell chipped in 32 yards on the ground and had one reception for 22 yards.  Mikel Leshoure was once again inactive in favor of rookie Theo Reddick.

The Lions suffered a few key injuries during the game.  Ryan Broyles seems to have ruptured his Achilles tendon cutting his season short for the second year in a row.  While this is a big loss for the Lions, they do have Nate Burleson set to return after the bye week.  Ziggy Ansah and Bill Bentley suffered minor injuries in Sunday’s game.  While injures are never good, these seem to be well timed as the Lions go into a bye week.

After the bye week, the Lions face the Bears on the road.

Read more http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/sports/196-sports-original/15116-johnson-and-stafford-lead-lions-past-cowboys

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