The Lions had a costly turnover Sunday in their win against the Packers.
With 1:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Lions were at the Green Bay 23 with a chance to add to their 9-3 lead. Instead, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix intercepted quarterback Matthew Stafford’s pass to Lance Moore on third down to prevent the Lions from having a chance at a field goal.
After the game, which the Lions won 18-16, Moore took the blame for the pick.
“Me and Matt not necessarily being on the same page,” he said. “I caused that pick, for sure. I’m seeing something a little differently than he’s seeing it.
“I was a little aggressive on my move instead of taking exactly what the defense gave us, and that one’s definitely on me.”
Moore was open on the post route, but didn’t take a sharp turn at the top of the route. Stafford appeared to throw the ball as if he expected Moore to break harder, which gave Clinton-Dix a chance to grab the seemingly underthrown ball, and the quarterback agreed that he and Moore weren’t on the same page.
“He was reading it as a middle-field open where he has the option to take the middle. I was reading it as middle-field closed,” Stafford said. “Their safety was cheating so much to Calvin (Johnson) that he thought it was middle-field open. I just knew by the blitz that it was going to be a middle-field closed, so I expected just a squared in and he ran more of a go.”
Moore made up for the miscue later in the game with a 4-yard touchdown pass on the first play after the 2-minute warning in the fourth quarter and praised Stafford for a perfect pass on the score.