Lions at Dolphins: Career day by rookie powers Detroit to first road win
On the first snap of the quarter, Kerryon Johnson absolutely rumbled his way downfield for a 71-yard run. The Lions gained eight yards through the air to push the down and distance to 2nd & 2 inside of the red zone and this time on 3rd & 1, even though the Lions handed the ball off to Blount, he was stopped in the backfield for no gain. Lion kicker Matt Prater came in to attempt his first field goal of the game from 29 yards out and he was successful. 10-0 Detroit.
Miami took over on offense again and after a big 25-yard gain by Wilson, he was shaken up on the play as he remained on the turf after the play was over. Miami continued to gain yardage on this series and on 3rd & 1, Osweiler found tight end Mike Gesicki wide open for 27 yards.
Deep into Lion territory on 3rd & 10, a Nevin Lawson penalty pushed the Dolphins to 1st & Goal from Detroit’s 4-yard line. After losing a couple of downs to Detroit’s defense, Osweiler hit receiver Kenny Stills in the back of the end zone for the touchdown, 10-7 Detroit.
About midway through the quarter, rookie runner Kerryon Johnson was credited with his second 100+ yard rushing game on the season and right after the announcers mentioned his feat, he also gained 15 yards on a nicely developed Lion screen pass. On 3rd & 3, Stafford passed it five yards to tight end Luke Willson to convert for the first down.
Blount had a strong 12 yard gain on the ground but on the next play, Stafford was strip-sack fumbled for a loss of eight yards but thankfully, the ball bounced out of bounds on a play that the offense was flat out not prepared for. Rebounding nicely, Stafford once again found his tight end Michael Roberts for a 29 yard gain and shortly thereafter, Blount powered his way into the end zone, 17-7 Detroit.
With just over a minute left in the first half as they tried to put something together, Miami ran a passing play to Amendola but then decided to let the clock tick down to the break.
The Lions played a strong first half of football offensively and defensively and they looked to carry their strong play over to the second half. Detroit went into the break up by double digits and they were set to receive the opening kickoff after halftime.