The Detroit Lions have followed one of two scripts this season: trail at the half and come up short in the end or trail at the half and complete the comeback. The Lions went with the latter today.
Matthew Stafford has gained quite a reputation for leading game-winning touchdown drives and today’s win over the Seattle Seahawks only adds to that growing legend. Stafford found Titus Young in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining to give the Lions the 28-24 win.
Perhaps the best news of this comeback is that it wasn’t necessitated by three quarters of poor play by Stafford and the rest of the Lions offense. Ryan Broyles caught a touchdown pass on the last play of the first quarter and Titus Young hauled in a 46-yard bomb to score the Lions’ second touchdown of the first half. The Lions’ offense was putting up points but so was the Seahawks’. As a result, the Lions trailed at the half for the seventh time this season.
The Lions took the lead early in the fourth when Matthew Stafford took the ball in from one yard out but a circus catch by Seahawks’ tight end Zach Miller put the Seahawks back up 24-21 with 5:27 remaining.
It’s a situation the Lions have faced before and they reacted just as they have many times before. They worked their way 80 yards down the field in 16 plays to score the winning touchdown and leave the Seahawks with little time on the clock.
The win gives the Lions the opportunity to get back to the .500 mark with a win at Jacksonville next week.