Detroit Lions 31, Dallas Cowboys 30 (box score)
When the Detroit Lions play the Dallas Cowboys, never count them out. Just two years after completing a 24-point second half comeback, the largest in franchise history, the Lions overcame a plague of turnovers to beat the Cowboys again.
Calvin Johnson had a Herculean effort in that 2011 game and today was no different. His 329 receiving yards was the second-highest single game total in NFL history.
The comeback wasn’t as impressive from a point total perspective but there was a similar feeling of inadequacy that Lions felt back in 2011. The Lions created problems for themselves with four turnovers that kept certain points off their side of the scoreboard.
The -4 turnover differential is a near sure killer for NFL teams. The Lions win is the franchise’s first with a turnover differential of -4 or worse since beating the San Francisco 49ers on November 2, 1980.
Matthew Stafford finished with 33 completions on 48 attempts for 488 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions but it was Stafford’s heads up individual play that sealed the win. After a Calvin Johnson reception took the ball down to the Cowboys one-yard line, Stafford got his team in position to what everyone thought was to spike the ball to kill the clock. Instead, Stafford jumped and extended the ball over the goal line for the winning score.
The Lions now head into their bye week at 5-3 and in good position to challenge for a playoff spot when the second half of the season begins.