Live Lions blog: Final: Texans 20, Lions 13
With their 20-13 loss to the Texans on Sunday, the three-game winning streak for the Lions snapped, as did the streak of three consecutive fourth quarter comebacks.
Matthew Stafford led the offense for the Lions (4-4). He was 27-of-41 for 240 yards and a touchdown. Theo Riddick, in his first game back, had 11 carries for 56 yards, to go with eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Eric Ebron had seven catches for 79 yards, also in his first game back.
For the Texans (5-3), Brock Osweiler was 20-of-29 for 186 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Lamar Miller had 17 carries for 56 yards, and the Texans only gained 105 yards on the ground. The Lions, on the other hand, picked up 230.
The Texans led 14-0 in the first quarter, on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Osweiler to C.J. Fiedorowicz and a 1-yard run from Miller. After a late field goal put the Lions on the board in the first half, the Texans continued to roll.
The Lions made it interesting, cutting Houston's lead to one score twice in the fourth quarter, but the Lions defense was unable to pick up key stops late.
The Lions make their first trip to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis next Sunday for a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Prater good from 34, Lions trail 20-13
The Lions again have cut Houston's lead to a touchdown. This time, it was a 34-yard field goal from Matt Prater. The Lions are down 20-13 late in regulation, but do have all three timeouts left.
Novak's second FG makes it 20-10
The Lions are running out of time.
Nick Novak's 36-yard field goal increased the lead for the Texans to 20-10 in the fourth quarter. The Lions defense, backed up to its goal line, forced the field goal after sacking Brock Osweiler on third-and-9.
Each of the last three wins for the Lions have come on fourth quarter turnarounds. Will they win today the same way, or snap the streak? Stay tuned.
Lions forced to punt in 4Q
On their second drive of the fourth quarter, the Lions had another flag to deal with and went back to a slow offensive pace.
The Lions, after an illegal block from Graham Glasgow, were faced with a second-and-21 from their own 11-yard line, and were unable to convert a first down. On second-and-long, the Lions went with a short run from Theo Riddick, bringing up third-and-18, before Matthew Stafford threw a pass to Riddick that gained only nine yards.
The Lions remain down 17-10 midway through the fourth.
'Lions take ball down one score
It's starting to look like a totally different game for the Lions, down 17-10 in the fourth quarter. After the Lions made it a one-score game, they forced the Texans to go three-and-out.
Matthew Stafford takes the field 22-of-34 for 193 yards and a touchdown, on the verge of another 40-pass game.
Lions open 4Q with touchdown
The Lions made it a one-score game early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick.
On the previous play, Stafford threw a pass to Eric Ebron in the end zone, but Ebron was interfered with, and as a result the ball was placed at the 1-yard line. The scoring drive was long for the Lions, going 75 yards in 13 plays, taking almost six minutes off the clock.
The Texans lead 17-10.
Houston adds to lead with FG in 3Q
Nick Novak's 33-yard field goal increased Houston's lead to 17-3 over the Lions in the third quarter.
During the scoring drive, Lions coach Jim Caldwell made a head-scratching choice (or lack of a choice) by not asking for a challenge on a play that was ruled an incomplete pass. It looked as though Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler completed a pass to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who then appeared to fumble the ball, before it was recovered by the Lions. However, a late whistle was blown as the incomplete pass was ruled.
Caldwell failed to throw the challenge flag, and six plays later Novak's field goal added to the lead for Houston.
Lions punt again in 3Q
Offensively, things are not going well for the Lions right now. They're 1-for-7 on third down, and punted again on their first drive of the third quarter.
Down 14-3, the Lions can't afford more of the same.
Lions force three-and-out to start half
The Lions, who struggled in the second quarter, started the third by forcing a three-and-out.
Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler was 2-of-2 on the drive for nine yards. So far, he's completed 16 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. 10 of those passes, for 94 yards and the touchdown, were to tight ends. The other six, for 42 yards, were to running backs and receivers.
The Texans lead 14-3 early in the third quarter.
Halftime: Texans 14, Lions 3
The Lions turned the Johnson Bademosi interception into points late in the first half. Matt Prater's 47-yard field goal put the Lions on the board. however, the Lions still trail 14-3 and will be kicking to the Texans to start the second half.
Matthew Stafford leads a Lions offense that moved the ball well in the first quarter, only to go in the opposite direction in the second. He's 15-of-23 for 132 yards. Eric Ebron (63 yards) and Golden Tate (38 yards) each have five catches, while Theo Riddick has six rushes for 43 yards.
For the Texans, Brock Osweiler is 14-of-21 for 127 yards and a touchdown. Houston's tight ends have 10 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, led by C.J. Fiedorowicz's five for 43 yards and a score.
The Texans jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 6-yard pass from Osweiler to Fiedorowicz and a 1-yard run from Lamar Miller.
Bademosi gets big INT
While Brock Osweiler continued his dominance of the Lions pass defense in the second quarter, Lions safety Johnson Bademosi pulled in a crucial interception late in the half.
Osweiler was 2-of-3 for 17 yards on the drive, to that point.
The Lions, still down 14-0, will need to score on the drive, since the Texans will start with the ball in the second half.
Lions can't get rolling in 2Q
Dropped passes were a problem for the Lions on likely their final drive of the first half.
Back-to-back drops by Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron, following a defensive pass interference penalty, brought up a third-and-10. Then, Matthew Stafford was sacked, bringing up fourth-and-19 and forcing Sam Martin to punt from the Lions end zone.
Late in the half, the Texans lead 14-0.
Lions force Texans to punt in 2Q
The Lions, down 14-0 in the second quarter, forced the Texans to punt inside of two minutes.
Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, after completing a 14-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins and a 15-yard pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz, missed badly a deep ball intended for Will Fuller. He then threw a screen pass to former Ohio State Buckeye Braxton Miller, for a loss of three yards, bringing up the two minute warning. The Texans then punted.
The Lions are starting a crucial drive late in the half, in which they need to score to prevent the game from getting out of hand.
Lions still down in 2Q
The Lions have been flagged six times for 55 yards so far. Two of those -- a 10-yard offensive holding penalty on right tackle Riley Reiff and a false start on receiver Marvin Jones -- happened on back-to-back plays. Despite getting a first down on a 10-yard run from Theo Riddick on the first play of the drive, the penalties backed the Lions up to second-and-23, and they were unable to convert.
It should be noted that the officiating crew in today's game is the same crew that assessed a combined 29 penalties in the Lions-Titans game in September.
In the first quarter, the Lions remain down 14-0.
Texans add to lead
The Lions, in the second quarter, have struggled. Penalty issues plagued Detroit on its second drive of the quarter. On the fourth play of the drive, Brock Osweiler threw an incomplete pass, intended for tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. Before the pass, the Lions were going to be called for defensive holding, but as the pass went off Fiedorowicz's hands, Lions cornerback Tavon Wilson led with his helmet and hit the tight end in the helmet. Wilson was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver -- and could possibly be fined this week -- giving the Texans a first down.
Later in the drive, Osweiler found DeAndre Hopkins, who made a one-handed catch at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Lamar Miller punched in the short run, adding to Houston's lead.
Midway through the second quarter, the Texans have a 14-0 lead, in a game that could very quickly unravel for the Lions.
Lions go three-and-out after TD
The Lions, who moved the ball well in the first quarter, went three-and-out on their first drive of the second. They trail the Texans 7-0 early in the second quarter.
Texans score first
The Texans scored early in the second, after neither team could break the 0-0 tie in the opening quarter. Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler found tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 6-yard touchdown pass on the 11th play of the 61-yard drive. The Texans are up 7-0.
During the drive, Osweiler connected with another tight end, Ryan Griffin, to convert a pair of third downs. The first was a 23-yard pass, while the second was a 12-yard strike.
So far, Osweiler is 5-of-7 for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Prater misses from 49
The Lions continued to move the ball well on their second drive, marching into Texans territory on the fifth play of a 10-play drive. Three plays later, however, the drive stalled. Matt Prater came on to attempt a 49-yard field goal, but his wobbly kick went off the right upright. The game is scoreless late in the first quarter.
Texans go three-and-out
The Lions defense played well on their first drive, forcing the Texans to go three-and-out. The game remains scoreless early in the first quarter.
Lions go for it on fourth down, fail
Lions coach Jim Caldwell was playing aggressively on the team's first drive.
On fourth-and-3, the Lions elected to go for it, but Matthew Stafford's pass to Anquan Boldin was incomplete and they turned it over to the Texans.
Stafford was 4-of-7 on the drive, for 22 yards.
Live blog: Lions at Texans
The Lions are back on the road today, playing the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. It’s the first road game for the Lions after a three-game home stand, in which they went 3-0 with wins over the Eagles, Rams and Redskins.
Running back Theo Riddick and tight end Eric Ebron will be back, but again absent is linebacker DeAndre Levy, and cornerback Darius Slay will also be out.
Sunday will be a test for quarterback Matthew Stafford. If he has any shot at being the MVP this year, he will have to get through a Texans defense that is second in the league against the pass – allowing a stingy 184.7 yards and five touchdowns this year and pulling in three interceptions. Only the Broncos are better, allowing 175 yards a game and four touchdowns, to go with five picks.
How to watch: Lions at Texans
When: 1 p.m.
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Radio: 760 AM