Detroit Lions 27, St. Louis Rams 23 (box score)
The Lions’ 2012 season opener didn’t go exactly as planned but they got the result they were after nonetheless.
Matthew Stafford had no problem moving the Lions offense in the first half. The problem was completing drives with points. The Lions did score a touchdown and kick two field goals but Stafford threw three first half interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to keep the Rams in the game.
The halftime score could have been much uglier than the 13-10 Rams lead it was had it not been for a solid defensive effort by the Lions.
The shock of the first half gave way to Lions malaise in the second half. The turnovers stopped by so did the offensive flow. The Lions did manage to tie the game heading into the fourth but fell behind twice more in the final quarter. Greg Zuerlein’s 46-yard field goal gave the Rams a three point lead with under two minutes to play.
That’s when the Lions offense put together their best drive of the game.
Matthew Stafford completed seven of nine passes to drive the Lions 80 yards for the game winning touchdown, an extended play in which Stafford found Kevin Smith out of the backfield. Smith was able to walk in untouched with just ten seconds left on the clock.