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Here are some reactions to notable moments during Sunday’s Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers game at Ford Field, compiled by Connor Muldowney of The Detroit News.
Coming off a clutch win over the division rival Minnesota Vikings, the Lions lost to the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field Sunday afternoon, 27-24.
The game got out of hand early in the second half as the Panthers (4-1) scored a touchdown on their first possession to take a 24-10 lead and later added a field goal.
The Lions (3-2) made things interesting in the fourth quarter as a clearly-hampered Matthew Stafford threw a couple of touchdown passes to tight end Darren Fells, but it was too little too late. Stafford finished the game with 229 yards and two touchdowns, but Carolina's defense pressured him in the pocket all day long.
Detroit will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in Week 6.
The Panthers sealed the win with a huge first down right before the two-minute warning.
Matthew Stafford hit Darren Fells for the second touchdown in the fourth quarter. It started to smell like a typical Lions comeback.
The Lions are the best comeback team in the league, but sure Shula, go ahead and try to take it to the house with a whole quarter remaining.— Brian (@sportsmatters) October 8, 2017
Never count out the comeback kid. Stafford should never EVER be dogged by Lions fans.— Detroit4lyfe (@Detroit4lyfe) October 8, 2017
Darren Fells gives the Lions late hope with a touchdown catch to make it 27-17.
Hey, Darren Fells IS still on this team. Who knew? Why did it take so long to get him the ball after last week's performance. Carolina 27-17— DetroitSportsNation (@detsportsnation) October 8, 2017
The Panthers sacked Matthew Stafford for the fifth time and comeback hopes seemed bleak.
Fans starting to talk about a patented Lions fourth quarter comeback after a Graham Gano missed field goal.
The Lions failed to convert on fourth-and-one late in the third.
Fans were hitting the panic button after a Matthew Stafford fumble deep in Lions territory. It led to a Panthers field goal.
I love how Detroit's o line protects Stafford...............— Dakota Eland (@dakotaeland) October 8, 2017
C'mon Stafford. That one cost us. Ugly start to the second half— Matt T. (@michiganlions) October 8, 2017
Carolina came out firing and took a commanding 24-10 lead with a long touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Kelvin Benjamin. Has the defense been exposed?
The boo birds came out at halftime, apparently, with the Lions down 17-10.
For the first time this season, there are a few boos serenading the Lions off the field.— Jennifer Hammond (@HammerFox2) October 8, 2017
Former Michigan receiver/tight end Devin Funchess scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return back home.
Devin Funchess is finally becoming what he was expected to be at Michigan.— Mike Welch (@RealMikeWelch) October 8, 2017
Fans not pleased with the poor Lions defense in the first half.
Biggest difference between Lions defense today and first four games? Missed tackles, no turnovers.— TimeWanderer (@Dean_Holden) October 8, 2017
Even some of the most knowledgable football fans are confused by the penalty calls during the first half.
Only the Lions would have off-setting penalties NOT be off-setting. That's a neat trick.— Ryan Schuiling (@RyanSchuiling) October 8, 2017
The Panthers ran a couple of misdirection plays that fooled the Lions and led to a Christian McCaffrey touchdown on a shovel pass.
Panthers getting very creative on that drive. Put the Lions in a very bad spot on that TD— Redruckus81 (@Redruckus81) October 8, 2017
Zach Zenner gave the Lions a 10-3 lead with a relatively easy 1-yard touchdown run after more Panther penalties.
And Zach Zenner goes in for 1-yard TD. No flags. Remarkably.— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 8, 2017
Theo Riddick caught a short pass at the end of the first quarter and made Luke Kuechly look silly with a nice juke.
Riddick just juked a guy that doesn't get beat all that often. Luke Kuechly is MAD— Justin Rose (@JRoseWXYZ) October 8, 2017
After giving up a long completion to the Lions' 5-yard line, the defense locked down on Cam Newton and crew. The fans loved it.
Great defense by Lions after huge play to hold CAR to 3— Bam 〽️(4-1) 🦁(3-1) (@BamGroedl) October 8, 2017
The Panthers were the least penalized team in the NFL coming into the game, but they drew a slew of yellow flags early on.
Panthers had been called for 17 penalties in 4 games entering today, already have 4 costly ones.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 8, 2017
Matt Prater made up for an Eric Ebron drop with a 30-yard field goal right through the uprights.
Eric Ebron dropped a potential touchdown pass on the first drive, and fans were not pleased.
Ebron gives Panthers an early Christmas gift. Some real cheer here.— Cory Spiders 🎃👻 (@CorySpiers) October 8, 2017
The Lions stood arm-in-arm and had a moment of silence for Las Vegas victims before the game.
All the Lions stood arm-in-arm for the anthem today, no one knelt. Team also held a moment of silence for Las Vegas before the game.— Tori Petry (@sportstori) October 8, 2017
Detroit came out fired up before the game.