Live blog: Lions clip Eagles, 24-23, on late Prater FG
The Lions cashed in on Darius Slay’s forced fumble, reclaiming a 24-23 lead on a Matt Prater 29-yard field goal with 1:28 remaining.
Facing a third-and-4 at the Eagles’ 39, Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate for a 27-yard gain. Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins was also flagged for an unnecessary roughness for a hit on Stafford, giving the Lions a first-and-goal at the Eagles’ 6.
Zach Zenner gained a yard on back-to-back carries and Stafford was sacked for a 6-yard loss by Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, which forced the Eagles to burn all three of their timeouts.
But Slay wasn't done as he sealed the game with an interception on a deep pass down the right sideline intended for receiver Nelson Agholor, helping the Lions snap a three-game skid.
Slay forces late turnover, offense has shot to take lead
Trailing the Eagles 23-21 and approaching the two-minute warning, the Lions desperately needed a stop.
Cornerback Darius Slay did one better, forcing Eagles running back Ryan Mathews to fumble on a third-and-2 near midfield. Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker recovered the fumble at the Eagles’ 45, giving the Lions a shot to take the lead.
The play was reviewed but stood as called. The Lions take over but have no timeouts with 2:34 remaining.
The Lions’ offense, however, has gone absolutely cold in the second half. Following a Matthew Stafford incompletion to start the drive, Theo Riddick was dropped for 6-yard loss by linebacker Nigel Bradham to set up third-and-16 at Lions’ 19. The Lions could only pick up nine yards on a Riddick catch and were forced to punt yet again.
Here’s how the Lions’ second-half possession ended: fumble, punt, punt, punt.
Eagles take 23-21 lead on Sturgis FG
For the first time today, the Eagles are in the lead following a 49-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis, his third of the game, with 6:40 left to play.
The Eagles converted a pair of crucial third downs on the drive. Jordan Matthews hauled in a 20-yard catch on a third-and-4 at the Eagles’ 26 and then Darren Sproles got loose for a 10-yard run on a third-and-2 at the Lions’ 46.
The Lions' defense finally came up with a stop on a third-and-5 at the Lions’ 31 as cornerback Darius Slay broke up a pass intended for receiver Nelson Agholor, setting up Sturgis’ attempt.
On the Lions previous possession, they converted a fourth-and-1 at the Eagles’ 43-yard line on a 2-yard run by Theo Riddick.
But the offense stalled after Riddick picked up two yards on back-to-back plays and Matthew Stafford sacked by defensive end Vinny Curry for 9-yard loss, forcing a punt.
Sam Martin nearly pinned the Eagles at their own 1 but Don Carey touched goal line before he batted the ball back to his teammates.
Lions' offense goes cold in second half
After getting off to a blazing start in the first half, the Lions’ offense has gone cold in the third quarter. With a chance to stop the bleeding and respond to the Eagles’ 13 unanswered points, the Lions fell flat and were forced to punt after a three-and-out.
Golden Tate was dropped for a 4-yard loss on the first play of their possession and Zach Zenner followed that up with a 4-yard reception, setting up a third-and-10 at the Lions’ 16.
Matthew Stafford hit Anquan Boldin over the middle but the Eagles’ defense swarmed him and held him short of the marker with an 8-yard catch.
Sam Martin flipped the field for the Lions, punting it 57 yards to the Eagles’ 19. The Lions defense’ responded with a quick three-and-out of their own.
Carson Wentz threw a 7-yard pass to Darren Sproles to start it but linebacker Thurston Armbrister came up with a huge play, dropping Ryan Mathews for a 5-yard loss. A delay of game penalty put the Eagles in a third-and-14 situation at their 15, which they couldn’t convert.
Stafford fumble leads to Eagles FG
Well, that escalated quickly.
A Matthew Stafford fumble gave the Eagles the ball at the Lions’ 16-yard line and the Eagles took advantage of the short field, tacking on a Caleb Sturgis 33-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 21-20 with 6:47 left in the third.
On the Lions’ previous possession, Stafford was sacked for a 1-yard loss by defensive tackle Bennie Logan and an unsportsmanlike conduct on Anquan Boldin pushed the Lions in a second-and-24 at their 12.
On the next play, Stafford scrambled and tried to avoid another sack but lost the ball, which was recovered by the Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham at the 16.
The Lions’ defense did its job, however, keeping the Eagles out of the end zone and maintaining the lead.
Eagles claw back, cut Lions' lead to 21-17
And just like that, the Eagles are back in the game.
The Lions’ defense couldn’t do much of anything to prevent the Eagles from marching 75 yards in nine plays and scoring on a 1-yard touchdown reception by Josh Huff from Carson Wentz to cut the Lions’ lead to 21-17 with 9:18 left in the third quarter.
After holding Huff to no gain on an end-around and two yards on a short pass, the Eagles converted a third-and-8 at the Lions’ 31 on Dorial Green-Beckham’s 26-yard catch to set up a first-and-goal at the 3.
Two plays later, Wentz found Huff to make it a one-score game.
Poor tackling aided the Eagles’ drive as a missed tackle led to Mathews breaking off a 17-yard gain early in the drive.
Eagles add late FG, Lions lead 21-10 at halftime
A review in the final two minutes went against the Lions and led to three points for the Eagles as kicker Caleb Sturgis drilled a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to trim the Lions’ lead at halftime to 21-10.
After a 4-yard run by quarterback Carson Wentz gave the Eagles a first-and-10 at the 50-yard line with under two minutes left, running back Darren Sproles was called for a chop block on the next play, pushing the Eagles back 15 yards and setting up a first-and-25 from their 35.
Following a Wentz incompletion, the rookie quarterback threw a deep pass down the right sideline to receiver Jordan Matthews that was originally ruled incomplete. But after an official review, the ruling was changed that Matthews made the 27-yard catch before he was stripped by Quandre Diggs and fumbled the ball out of bounds.
The reversal gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs at the Lions’ 38-yard line.
The Eagles were pushed out of field-goal range following a Devin Taylor sack and an offensive pass interference on Zach Ertz to force a third-and-36 at the Eagles’ 47. Wentz completed a 21-yard pass to Ertz put the Eagles back within range for Sturgis.
The Eagles will receive the ball to start the second half.
Lions gamble pays off, Stafford throws 3rd TD
The Lions rolled the dice on their third drive and it paid off.
Facing a third-and-11, Matthew Stafford hit running back Theo Riddick for an 11-yard gain that was just enough for a first down. But the Eagles challenged the spot and won, placing the ball short of the marker and making it a fourth-and-1 at their 47.
The Lions went for it and picked up the first down on a 2-yard keeper by Stafford.
It was a key play call as the Lions came up with a huge response to the Eagles’ touchdown. Stafford hit Marvin Jones for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Lions up 21-7 with 3:08 left in the second quarter.
After Stafford’s keeper extended the drive, the quarterback hit Anquan Boldin for a 13-yard reception and followed that up with a 19-yard screen pass to Zach Zenner.
A 6-yard carry by Zenner and Stafford incompletion set up a third-and-9 following a false start by right tackle Riley Reiff.
Stafford was sacked by Connor Barwin for 8-yard loss on the third down but an unnecessary roughness penalty by Fletcher Cox gave the Lions a first down and the ball at the Eagles’ 9.
Stafford then hit Golden Tate for an 8-yard gain to set up first-and-goal at the 1 before finding Jones in the back of the end zone.
Eagles answer with TD, cut Lions' lead to 14-7
The Eagles quickly answered the Lions’ second touchdown drive with one of their own.
Philadelphia marched right down the field and cut the Lions’ lead to 14-7 with 10:21 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from rookie Carson Wentz to running back Ryan Mathews to finish a nine-play, 75-yard drive.
Wentz shows why he’s been so effective early in the season, escaping a sack by Kyle Van Noy and picking up 18 yards on the second play of the drive.
Later in the drive, he added a 10-yard run to get the Eagles into the red zone. He followed that up with a 6-yard pass to receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to give the Eagles a second-and-4 at the Lions’ 6-yard line.
Following a delay of game penalty, Darren Sproles scampered for 10 yards to give the Eagles a first-and-goal at the one, which was capped off by Wentz and Mathews on the following play.
Lions' offense rolling, opens up 14-0 lead over Eagles
The Lions’ offense is off to a hot start against the Eagles.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Theo Riddick hooked up once again on a 17-yard score to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive as the Lions opened up a 14-0 lead over the Eagles with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
The key play of the drive came on a second-and-12 when Stafford scrambled for 14 yards and took a late shot by Eagles safety Rodney McLeod, who was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty to give the Lions the ball at the Eagles’ 21.
Two plays later, Stafford hit Riddick for their second touchdown of the game.
On the Eagles’ first drive, new Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant wasted little time introducing himself to the Ford Field crowd.
Bryant, who was claimed off waivers from the Browns earlier this week, sacked Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz on a third-and-5, forcing Philadelphia to punt on its opening possession.
The Eagles were able to pick up one first down, but cornerback Nevin Lawson batted down a pass following a 5-yard run to set up the third-down situation.
Lions strike first, take 7-0 lead over Eagles
Where was this Lions’ offense last week?
After struggling to score against a subpar Bears’ defense, the Lions methodically moved the ball down the field and scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception by Theo Riddick to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive and take a 7-0 lead over the Eagles with 9:37 left in the first quarter.
It was the first passing touchdown the Eagles have given up this season.
Riddick’s score was set up by Anquan Boldin’s 20-yard reception over the middle on a third-and-11 that set the Lions up with a first-and-goal at the Eagles’ 1-yard line.
Matthew Stafford completed 3-of-5 passes on the drive for 38 yards and a touchdown, while Marvin Jones added a 17-yard catch and Riddick has three carries for 27 yards.
The Lions (1-3) will open up a three-game home stand with a shortened backfield. Rookie Dwayne Washington (ankle) was ruled inactive prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles, leaving the Lions with two healthy running backs -- Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner.
The Lions will also be without several key players, including tight end Eric Ebron, linebacker DeAndre Levy and defensive end Ziggy Ansah. For a full list of today's inactives, click here.
With a running back depth problem, the Lions will reportedly work out veteran Justin Forsett, who was released from the Ravens last week.