What looked like an easy season-opening win in Arizona quickly turned into near disaster on Sunday evening. The Lions blew an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead as the Cardinals came back to tie Detroit, 27-27.
DET - Matthew Stafford: 27/45, 385 yds., 3 TDs
ARZ - Kyler Murray: 29/54, 308 yds., 2 TDs, INT
DET - Kerryon Johnson: 16 atts., 49 yds.
ARZ - David Johnson: 18 atts., 82 yds.
DET - T.J. Hockenson: 6 recs., 131 yds., TD
ARZ - Larry Fitzgerald: 8 recs., 1
Lions-Cardinals finish overtimed tied, 27-27
David Johnson picks up right where he left off, rushing for a 7-yard gain on first down. Kyler Murray throws a 45-yard completion down the left sideline to Larry Fitzgerald. It's already first down at the 23.
Maxx Williams catches a pass good for 15 to make it first-and-goal at the 8.
It's second-and-goal after an incomplete throw to the end zone.
Timeout #1 Detroit (7:58 OT)
Murray is chased out of bounds for a loss of 2 by Tracy Walker. Murray's third-down pass is incomplete.
Here comes Zane Gonzalez, who puts through a 28-yard kick.
Cardinals 27, Lions 24 (7:17 OT)
Detroit gets it at the 25. Marvin Jones is the target of a 21-yard reception on first down.
Kerryon Johnson goes up the middle for a gain of 9 on the next play to move Detroit to the Arizona 45. Johnson picks up the first down with a 4-yard run.
Stafford fakes the give to Johnson, drops back, fires to Jones for a gain of 23. The play is being reviewed, but the Lions will have a first down at the 18.
Stafford, looking for Hockenson, throws an incomplete pass on first down. Johnson is stopped for 3 yards on second down. Stafford's throw to Golladay on third down falls incomplete.
Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal is good.
Lions 27, Cardinals 27 (3:48 OT)
Arizona has it at the 25 now. Next score wins.
Murray's first-down pass to Charles Clay is good for 5 yards. He can't hit Damiere Byrd down the sideline on second down. Kirk moves the chains with a 9-yard completion.
David Johnson takes the handoff for 5 yards on first down.
Timeout #1 Arizona (2:27 OT)
Murray is sacked for a loss of 3 on second down.
Murray's throw to Byrd on third-and-8 is caught for a gain of 10 at the Detroit 49.
Trey Flowers brings down David Johnson after a gain of 3. Murray misfires to Fitzgerald on second down, bring up third-and-7. Murray's pass is batted down by Christian Jones on third down.
Andy Lee's punt is downed at the Detroit 5.
Lions 27, Cardinals 27 (0:57 OT)
Well, here comes Stafford and Co. One timeout and 59 seconds remaining.
He hits T.J. Hockenson for a. 7-yard gain on first down. Stafford hits Amendola on second down, but for some reason, Amendola cuts to the middle of the field and forces Detroit to take its last timeout.
Timeout #3 Detroit (0:30 OT)
Stafford is sacked for a loss of 9. He spikes it with 12 seconds left. Stafford's throw on second down probably should have been intercepted. Then there's a delay of game. Five seconds left, fourth-and-24. Stafford throws it away.
FINAL: Lions 27, Cardinals 27
Detroit can't avoid overtime with final drive
Detroit will start at the 25 with 43 seconds and no timeouts remaining.
Matthew Stafford completes a throw to Kenny Golladay for a gain of 12. Stafford spikes it with 24 seconds left. He goes deep to Golladay on the next play, but the pass is broken up by Chris Jones. Stafford takes another deep shot on third down; the pass falls incomplete.
Sam Martin's kick is taken for a touchback.
END REGULATION: Lions 24, Cardinals 24
Cardinals tie game in final minute
Here come the Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald catches a 3-yard pass; he fails to pull in a deep throw on second down, but Kyler Murray finds Damiere Byrd for a 19-yard completion to the Detroit 38 to keep the drive alive.
Murray hits KeeSean Johnson for no gain on first down. Rashaan Melvin appears to be hurt after making the tackle but walks off under his own power.
Timeout #2 Detroit (1:45 4th)
Murray scrambles for a gain of 9 before stepping out of bounds at the Detroit 29. 1:38 remaining. David Johnson picks up the first down with a 10-yard run.
Johnson gets out of bounds after a gain of 3 on first down. Damiere Byrd catches a 7-yard pass on second down to make it first-and-goal at the 9.
Timeout #3 Detroit (0:49 4th)
Murray's throw to the end zone on first down misse the mark, but Trey Flowers is called for a facemask penalty. They'll place it at the 4. Murray hits Fitzgerald for a touchdown.
The Cardinals need 2 points to tie it. Murray connects with Kirk, and it's 24-24.
Lions 24, Cardinals 24 (0:43 4th)
Lions fail to put Cardinals away late
Jamal Agnew returns the kick to the 17. He has not had a particularly good day.
Kerryon Johnson goes up the middle for a gain of 3 yards on first down. He stumbles forward for a gain of 6 on second down. Stafford dumps it off to Johnson in the flat for a 6-yard gain that'll keep the drive alive.
Johnson is tripped up after a gain of 3 on first down.
Timeout #1 Arizona (3:43 4th)
C.J. Anderson barrels forward for a 9-yard gain on second down.
Timeout #2 Arizona (3:37 4th)
Anderson gets the first-down handoff next, getting tackled behind the line for a loss of 2.
Timeout #3 Arizona (3:31 4th)
Anderson goes up. the gut for a gain of 7 yards to bring up third-and-5.
Timeout #1 Detroit (2:47 4th)
Stafford throws it up on third down, but there's nobody there. Stafford is irate.
Sam Martin's punt is blocked, downed at the
Lions 24, Cardinals 16 (2:31 4th)
Lions' lead cut to one score in 4Q
Kyler Murray hits Larry Fitzgerald for a gain of 5 yards on first down and hits Christian Kirk for a gain of 8 on second down.
Arizona receives a penalty on the next play, making it first-and-15. Tracy Walker wraps up David Johnson on a 4-yard reception. Murray hits KeeSean Johnson for an 11-yard gain that'll give the Cardinals a first down at the Detroit 42. Three passes later, Murray hits David Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Lions 24, Cardinals 16 (5:57 4th)
Lions go three-and-out while looking to secure game
Jamal Agnew returns the kickoff to Detroit's 28.
Kerryon Johnson goes up the middle for 5 yards on first down and to the right for no gain on second down. Matthew Stafford's third-down pass to Danny Amendola in the flat goes for only 3 yards, bringing out Sam Martin to punt it away.
Christian Kirk goes out of bounds at the 30 on the return.
Lions 24, Cardinals 6 (8:52 4th)
Cardinals kick third field goal of game
Arizona will start at the 26.
Kyler Murray's first-down pass falls incomplete. The Cardinals are flagged for a false start. Larry Fitzgerald pulls in a 6-yard reception. An illegal formation penalty makes it third-and-14. Murray drops a beautiful throw into Fitzgerald's hands on third down for a gain of 41 at the Detroit 37.
David Johnson goes up the middle for a gain of 4 on first down and catches a 4-yard pass on second down. Christian Kirk breaks a couple tackles and gets 12 yards with a second effort.
Johnson is stopped for a gain of 1 on first down. Kyler Murray's second-down throw to Kirk is overthrown. KeeSean Johnson can't haul in a third-down throw.
Zane Gonzalez kicks a 34-yard field goal.
Lions 24, Cardinals 9 (11:10 4th)
Hockenson adds to impressive debut with touchdown reception
Detroit takes over at the 18.
Nick Bawden catches a pass for no gain on first down. Matthew Stafford hits Danny Amendola down the left sideline for a 15-yard pickup. Ty Johnson gets into the game, taking his first career carry for a 6-yard gain. T.J. Hockenson catches a pass while falling to the turf on second down for a 24-yard gain, pushing him to 101 yards receiving.
C.J. Anderson goes for a gain of 3 on first down. The Cardinals get to Stafford immediately on second down, forcing him to dump it off for an incomplete pass. Now it's Jesse James making his first career gain for the Lions with a 15-yard reception at the Arizona 19.
Anderson is wrapped up for a gain of only a yard.
END 3RD: Lions 17, Cardinals 6
Stafford throws a heater to Kenny Golladay on second down that can't be hauled in. Then Hockenson pulls down a 23-yard touchdown reception. What a debut for the rookie.
Lions 24, Cardinals 6 (14:47 4th)
Cardinals make it 11-point game with field goal
David Johnson breaks off an 18-yard run up the middle on first down.
Arizona rushes to the line and catches Detroit's defense off-guard, but Kyler Murray makes an errant throw that can't be hauled in by Christian Kirk. Johnson goes up the middle for a gain of 3 yards on second down. Murray completes a 15-yard throw to KeeSean Johnson to reach the Detroit 30.
Murray goes underneath to Larry Fitzgerald on the next play for a gain of 3. Murray takes a shot to Kirk in the end zone on second down, but it's nicely defended in man-coverage by Justin Coleman. Rashaan Melvin breaks up a third-down throw. Really impressive debut for Melvin.
Zane Gonzalez puts a 42-yard field goal attempt through the uprights.
Lions 17, Cardinals 6 (4:38 3rd)
Offense at a premium halfway through third quarter
Kerryon Johnson loses 2 yards on first down. A holding penalty on the next play makes it second-and-21, where Matthew Stafford finds Marvin Jones for a gain of 4. J.D. McKissic catches a 12-yard screen on third down.
Sam Martin's punt goes out of bounds at the Arizona 41.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (7:14 3rd)
Third straight three-and-out gives Lions ball back
Arizona takes over at the 24. David Johnson takes teh first-down handoff for a gain of 3. Kyler Murray's second- and third-down passes fall incomplete.
Andy Lee's punt is returned by Jamal Agnew to the Lions 39. The Lions receive a holding penalty
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (9:48 3rd)
Lions respond with three-and-out on opening drive of half
It'll be first-and-20 at the Detroit 21 after a holding penalty to Graham Glasgow. Matthew Stafford scrambles for 6 yards before giving himself up. Terrell Suggs strips Stafford from his blindside, but Frank Ragnow scoops it up to salvage the possession. J.D. McKissic picks up 12 yards on a screen pass.
Sam Martin's punt is fair caught at the 24.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (10:43 3rd)
Lions' defense forces three-and-out to start second half
Andy Isabella gives the Cardinals some spark to start the half with a return to the 32.
Kyler Murray throws an incompletion on first down and is sacked by Jahlani Tavai, the first of his career, for a loss of 11 on second down. Murray's throw to KeeSean Johnson on third down is good for 8 yards.
Jamal Agnew's 1-yard punt return puts Detroit at the 31.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (13:27 3rd)
DET - Matthew Stafford: 13/20, 200 yds., 2 TDs
ARZ - Kyler Murray: 6/16, 41 yds., INT
DET - Kerryon Johnson: 7 atts., 19 yds.
ARZ - David Johnson: 8 atts., 25 yds.
DET - T.J. Hockenson: 3 recs., 77 yds.
ARZ - David Johnson: 2 recs., 15 yds.
Lions can't convert on last chance before half
Matthew Stafford is able to get rid of the ball safely under pressure on first down after the Lions take over at the 25. He hits Danny Amendola for a gain of 8 yards on second down.
Taylor Decker is hit with a false-start penalty. It's now third-and-7.
Stafford goes deep to Marvin Jones after a Cardinals' defender jumps; the pass falls incomplete but it'll again be third-and-2. Amendola makes a nice catch, makes a defender miss, makes a first down with a 9-yard gain.
Stafford misfires to Amendola on the next play. It'll be second-and-10 at the Detroit 41. Stafford is pressured and forcibly gets rid of it. He can't connect with Amendola down the field on third down, and the Lions will punt it away.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin wraps up Christian Kirk at the 18-yard-line.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (0:15 2nd)
Arizona runs out the clock.
END 2ND: Lions 17, Cardinals 3
Arizona puts up points before half
The kickoff goes for a touchback.
David Johnson has nowhere to go on first down, is dropped for a yard. Jalen Reeves-Maybin wraps Johnson up on second down after a gain of 2. Johnson picks up the first down with an 8-yard reception.
Rashaan Melvin makes a nice play to break up a pass to KeeSean Johnson near the right sideline. Darius Slay on the following play pushes an airborne Damiere Byrd out of bounds before he can land two feet in-bounds to force a second-down incompletion.
Murray's pass on third down is batted into the air. The Cardinals get it back after Lions' All-Pro returner Jamal Agnew muffs the punt. Arizona gets it at the 8-yard-line of Detroit.
David Johnson gets the handoff on first down and steps out of bounds while reaching for the pylon. He's initially ruled short, but the play will be reviewed. The play is upheld.
Devon Kennard is credited for a sack on Kyler Murray after chasing him out of bounds for a loss of 1. That's Kennard's third sack of the half.
Justin Coleman breaks up a throw to Larry Fitzgerald on third down. Here comes the field-goal unit.
Zane Gonzalez's kick is good.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (1:19 2nd)
Lions take 17-0 lead, Hockenson continues to make plays
Kerryon Johnson loses a yard on first down, making it second-and-11 from the 4. Matthew Stafford completes a throw to T.J. Hockenson on second down for a gain of 9 yards. The Lions go empty-backfield in the shotgun on third down, with Stafford hitting Marvin Jones on a slant pass that's good for 7 yards and a new set of downs at the Lions 21.
Hockenson came to play. He catches a pass over the middle and turns on the jets, speeding up the left sideline for a gain of 39 yards. The rookie tight end has 77 yards receiving so far.
Stafford shows off his set of wheels with a 12-yard run that nets the Lions a first down at the Arizona 28.
C.J. Anderson barrels forward for a gain of 5 yards on first down and 4 on second down. Anderson can't get the push he needs on third down and is stopped for no gain. Detroit will go for it. Stafford draws the Cardinals line offsides before the snap.
Johnson is upended after a gain of nothing on first down, but the Cardinals again were offsides, anyway. First-and-5. Stafford hits a wide-open Golladay for an easy touchdown.
The Lions have 225 yards of offense.
Lions 17, Cardinals 0 (3:38 2nd)
Lions' Kennard picks up second sack of game
Sam Martin's kickoff is returned to the 22 by Andy Isabella.
KeeSean Johnson makes a catch while heading out of bounds at the Arizona 34 for a gain of 12.
Larry Fitzgerald pulls in a low throw on the next play for a gain of 3.
Timeout #1 Arizona (11:21 2nd)
Mike Daniels gets into the backfield, nearly sacking Murray, before Devon Kennard eventually gets the Cardinals quarterback for a sack that loses 11 yards. That's Kennard's second sack of the game. David Johnson is tackled after a gain of 7.
A penalty on Detroit during the punt puts Detroit at its 5.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (9:47 2nd)
Amendola pulls down first touchdown pass in Lions uniform
Kerryon Johnson hits a pile of bodies and pushes forward for a gain of 4 on first down. Matthew Stafford escapes from trouble and drops an easy touchdown pass into the wide-open arms of Danny Amendola, who had to make a man miss on the 47-yard score.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (12:23 2nd)
Lions force three-and-out after taking lead
The Cardinals start at the 16. Jalen Reeves-Maybin made a great play on the return.
David Johnson is stopped for a gain of 2 yards on first down. Kyler Murray's pass on second down is batted at the line by Damon Harrison, his second pass breakup of the game. Trey Flowers beats his man with ease, ultimately forcing Murray to toss the ball away once Jahlani Tavai joins the party.
Andy Lee's punt goes out of bounds at the Detroit 49.
Lions 3, Cardinals 0 (13:13 2nd)
Lions take first lead of game with Prater field goal
C.J. Anderson goes for a gain of 2 yards on first down. Marvin Jones catches a 5-yard pass on second down, and Kenny Golladay moves the chains with a 13-yard pickup over the middle on third down.
Danny Amendola catches a quick pass near the left sideline and is pushed out of bounds at midfield for a gain of 10.
Anderson hits a hole and pushes forward for a gain of 7 yards. Matthew Stafford scrambles to his right and moves the chains with a 4-yard run.
Kerryon Johnson breaks a couple of tackles and manages a yard out of a play that looked doomed for negative yardage from jump.
END 1ST: Lions 0, Cardinals 0
Johnson spins forward for a yard on second down. Stafford throws an incomplete pass deep down the right sideline to Golladay.
Matt Prater's 55-yard field goal is good. The Lions have a lead.
Lions 3, Cardinals 0 (14:07 2nd)
Walker picks off Murray on second drive, Cardinals get it back with strip-sack
Kyler Murray fakes the handoff and cuts right for a gain of 6 on first down. His throw on second down to Christian Kirk falls incomplete by way of a Rashaan Melvin pass breakup. Kirk catches a pass going out of bounds for a gain of 5 that'll move the chains.
Murray's first-down pass from the 12 is batted down at the line. Devon Kennard gets his first sack of the season, beating his man on the edge and pulling Murray down for a loss of 7.
Murray makes a bad decision on the run and Tracy Walker makes him pay, pulling down the throw at Arizona's 24-yard-line.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (6:51 1st)
The Cardinals get it right back on the next play after Stafford is stripped. Arizona gets it at the 34.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (6:39 1st)
David Johnson runs it for 6 yards on first down and 3 on second down. He's stopped for no gain on third down to stall the drive.
Andy Lee's punt goes for a touchback.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (4:45 1st)
Lions drive stalls in Arizona territory
T.J. Hockenson makes his first big play as a Lion, catching a pass from Matthew Stafford and scooting up the right sideline for a gain of 28 that'll put the Lions at Arizona's 45.
Kerryon Johnson goes up the gut for a gain of 4 yards on first down. Stafford throws behind Hockenson on second down for an incompletion. Stafford's third-down throw can't be held on by a diving Danny Amendola. The Lions will punt from Arizona's 41-yard-line.
Sam Martin's punt is downed at the 1.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (8:50 1st)
Lions defense forces three-and-out on Murray's first drive
Here comes the 2019 No. 1 pick in the draft, Kyler Murray.
Murray drops back and goes over the top, down the sideline to KeeSean Johnson. David Johnson breaks free for 13 yards on second down, but it's called back for holding. It'll be second-and-15 coming up. They go back to David Johnson on the next play for a gain of 4. Quandre Diggs drills Damiere Byrd after a 6-yard reception to force fourth down.
Andy Lee's punt is fielded by Jamal Agnew for no yardage at the 27.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (10:19 1st)
Lions offense stalls early in opening drive
Lions take the field at the 25 after a touchback.
Kerryon Johnson catches a pass to Matthew Stafford's left and heads out of bounds after a gain of 7 on first down. Johnson goes up the gut on second down for a run of 9 yards that moves the chains. First-and-10 at the 41.
Johnson is thrown to the turf for just a 1-yard gain on first down. Kenny Golladay makes it third-and-1 with an 8-yard reception. C.J. Anderson is dropped for a 1-yard loss, forcing a Lions punt.
Sam Martin's punt is fair caught at the 10.
Lions 0, Cardinals 0 (12:07 1st)
The Detroit Lions christen the 2019 season on Sunday with a game in Arizona against the Cardinals. follow the action here throughout the game with live updates by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.
LIONS VS. CARDINALS
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:25 p.m., State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
TV/radio: Fox/760 AM
Records: Season opener for both teams
Line: Lions by 2.5