Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands off to running back LeSean McCoy (25) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions’ Defensive Meltdown Leads to Loss to Philadelphia Eagles


Philadelphia Eagles 34, Detroit Lions 20 (box score)

The Detroit Lions were in control over the Philadelphia Eagles through the first half. The offense was able to move the ball and the defense kept the Eagles from getting much going as they entered the break up 8-0.

The second half started with more of the same as the Lions were able to extend their lead to 14-0 when Jeremy Ross took a punt back 58 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles started to move the ball late in the third quarter, and eventually tied it up at 14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Even then, Jeremy Ross answered with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to immediately put the Lions back up 20-14.

Then Philadelphia started to run wild.

The Lions run defense that had bottled up LeSean McCoy and the Eagles running game for most of the day suddenly found themselves missing tackles, taking poor angles and running into each other. McCoy got his second of the day by scampering 57 yards. Foles went in from a yard out. Chris Polk cut through the Lions suddenly porous defense for a 38-yard touchdown. By the time the Eagles quit running they had racked up more than 200 rushing yards in the fourth quarter alone.

Next up for the Lions is an appearance on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field.

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