If the Detroit Lions want to make the playoffs at this point, after a disappointing 2-4 start, they have to win the “toss up” games against teams like the Seattle Seahawks. It would not have been surprising to see the Lions get the win at home, but if Seattle pulled off the road win that wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow either. Unfortunately for Detroit, they came into this game quite banged up on defense. DeAndre Levy was out, and in the secondary Bill Bentley, Jacob Lacey, and Amari Spievey were all missing from a group that is, at best, decent when healthy. Additionally, Louis Delmas left injured during the game. However, despite all that, could the Lions get the win?
The Seahawks got on the board first, as the Lions defense bent, but did not break, holding Seattle to a 23-yard field goal. As the first quarter ended, Matthew Stafford hit Ryan Broyles, who will see more time with Nate Burleson out for the year, from six yards out for Broyles’ second career score. Unfortunately, the second quarter did not begin will for the Lions. Marshawn Lynch is known for his punishing, tackle breaking running style, but he was barely touched on a 77-yard touchdown run to give the Seahawks the lead once more. This was followed by Russell Wilson hitting Sidney Rice for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 17-7. However, the Lions were able to answer, as Stafford connected with Titus Young for a 48-yard score to make it 17-14 at halftime. There was a lot of game left.
There was no scoring in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Lions took the lead as Stafford ran for yet another touchdown from one yard out. Seattle countered with another touchdown pass, this time with Zach Miller making an impressive grab for a 16-yard touchdown. Once again, the Lions would go down to the wire. They drove into Seattle territory late, and got themselves a first and goal from the 1-yard line. It took them a few tries, but then Stafford connected with Young once more to make it 28-24. The Seahawks couldn’t score an improbable touchdown, and the Lions held on for their third win of the season.
Well, the Lions sure do keep things interesting down to the wire, do they not? All of their games have been close at the end, and fortunately this time they ended up on the winning side of things. The Lions controlled the ball and outgained the Seahawks as well. Additionally, there was only one fumble in this game, and the Lions recovered it, a change from last week. However, the most notable thing was the play of Stafford. After a lot of questionable play, he was very good this week. He went 34-for-49 for 352 yards and three touchdowns, plus his rushing score. Yes, he did through a pick, down in the red zone to boot, but that was answered by a pick from Ricardo Silva.
The Lions didn’t run the ball all that much, Mikel Leshoure led the team with 46 yards on 10 carries. Additionally, Calvin Johnson didn’t have much of a game, only catching three of the balls thrown his way for 46 yards. Fortunately, Young was excellent, catching all nine of the passes thrown his way for 100 yards and two scores. He got off to a slow start to the season, but has been really good the last two weeks. Brandon Pettigrew had a good game as well with seven catches for 74 yards.
Detroit overcame injuries on defense and finally got consistent play from Stafford en route to a nice win over the Seahawks. Now, the Lions are 3-4. If they can win next week, they will be .500 at the halfway point, which is not too shabby. Of course, getting healthy in the secondary will be important. However, that didn’t stop them from winning this week, as the Lions showed Tigers fans that Detroit teams are still capable of winning games.