Recap: Lions pull off shocking upset of Cardinals, 30-12
Well that was fun, eh?
The Detroit Lions welcomed the league's best road team into Ford Field on Sunday and thrashed the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals, 30-12, behind 112 rushing yards from Craig Reynolds and three touchdown passes for Jared Goff, who threw for 216 yards on 21-for-26 passing with no interceptions.
The Lions recover an onside kick from the Cardinals.
The Lions force Arizona into using all three timeouts, while picking up a first down via pass interference on the Cards.
Riley Patterson tacks on a 45-yard field goal to his day, as the Lions go up 30-12.
Lions 30, Cardinals 12 (2:46 4th)
Colt McCoy has subbed in at quarterback for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals reach the red zone, but don't get further than that. Game over!
FINAL: Lions 30, Cardinals 12
Arizona takes over at its own 13, trailing by 21.
They move the chains with receptions of 5 and 7 yards, then reach the 37 with a 12-yard run by Chase Edmonds. The Cardinals move it to the 50 with a third-down conversion, then Kyler Murray hits Zach Ertz with a 13-yard gain to the 37 of Detroit.
A.J. Parker makes a nice play to keep Ertz from catching a pass in the end zone, but Christian Kirk hauls one in on the next play.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin bats away Kyler Murray's pass on the two-point attempt.
Lions 27, Cardinals 12 (4:40 4th)
Arizona takes over at its own 31, needing a score.
Kyler Murray's first two passes are incomplete, but Will Harris is tagged with a pass interference call on third down to make it first-and-10 at the 50.
A screen to James Conner goes for 16 yards. Detroit then forces third-and-6, an incompletion, and the fourth-down throw to Antoine Wesley in the end zone is caught, but it's ruled that he's out of bounds.
Turnover on downs. Woo-wee.
Lions 27, Cardinals 6 (11:29 4th)
The Lions take over at their own 30.
Craig Reynolds takes off for a 16-yard run to the Detroit 46, then pounds ahead for 5 more on the next play.
The Lions are stuffed on third-and-4 for a loss of 3, and they'll punt.
Jack Fox's punt is fair caught at the 13.
Lions 27, Cardinals 6 (7:48 4th)
Detroit takes over at its own 25, leading 24-6.
Two short runs by Craig Reynolds set up third-and-4, where Jared Goff's pass is caught for a gain of 6 by Josh Reynolds.
The Cardinals are then flagged for their third roughing-the-passer penalty. He's getting abused today. Nevertheless, it's first-and-10 at the Arizona 47.
After Reynolds runs for 8, he puts a nasty move on a couple Cardinals defenders to reverse field and reach the Arizona 31 for another gain of 8.
END 3RD: Lions 24, Cardinals 6
A holding penalty on second-and-9 makes it second-and-19. After a second-down incompletion, the Lions pick up 11 to give their field goal kicker a chance.
Riley Patterson's 47-yard kick is money.
Lions 27, Cardinals 6 (13:15 4th)
Arizona takes over at its own 17, trailing 24-3.
Kyler Murray starts the drive with a 20-yard completion to Zach Ertz. After Christian Kirk drops a pass on second-and-9, Murray makes a miracle throw to A.J. Green for a 19-yard completion that gives Arizona first-and-10 at the Detroit 43.
Chase Edmunds goes up the gut for 6 on the next play, and Green comes up with a 27-yard reception on third-and-4 to give Arizona first-and-goal at the 10.
James Conner rushes for 3, but the Cardinals lose that yardage on an errant snap that ends up a 4-yard loss. A third-down incompletion forces another field goal.
Matt Prater's 29-yard attempt is good.
Lions 24, Cardinals 6 (3:54 3rd)
Detroit takes over at its own 25 after the Cardinals touchdown, leading 17-3.
Craig Reynolds runs it three straight times to give Detroit a first down at the 37. Shane Zylstra hauls in a 16-yard pass, but Godwin Igwebuike fumbles on the next play. It's Arizona's ball at its own 44.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (9:49 3rd)
But the Lions get it right back with an Amani Oruwariye interception on the second play of the drive. Oruwariye returns it to Arizona's 6-yard-line, and that's a huge momentum swing.
Jason Cabinda hauls in the 6-yard touchdown reception on the very next play to put Detroit up three scores.
Lions 24, Cardinals 3 (8:10 3rd)
The Cardinals take over at their own 25 to start the half.
James Conner immediately breaks a 22-yard run to the Arizona 47, where it'll be first-and-10.
Conner then moves the chains with a 3-yard gain on third-and-1 on the next set of downs. It's first-and-10 at the Detroit 41.
Chase Edmonds picks up 23 yards on his first-down carry, reaching the Detroit 18. Edmonds then gets 6 more, then 1, to bring up third-and-3. Kyler Murray's fade to A.J. Green falls incomplete.
Matt Prater gets Arizona on the board with a 29-yard field goal.
Lions 17, Cardinals 3 (11:22 3rd)
Arizona takes over at its own 39, and quickly gets moving downfield.
Completions of 24 and 10 yards help get the Cardinals to the 22, where it'll be first-and-10. A screen pass to James Conner gets Arizona to the 6, a gain of 15.
The Lions force third-and-goal from the 3, and Amani Oruwariye comes up with a pass breakup in the end zone. Kyler Murray's fourth-down pass is broken up by A.J. Parker.
Turnover on downs.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (1:59 2nd)
The Lions get out of the shadow of their end zone with a 14-yard pass to Josh Reynolds, supplemented by a roughing the passer penalty to make it first-and-10 at the 33. Then Jared Goff hits Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 14-yard gain, which draws another roughing the passer penalty.
Tim Boyle comes in for a play after Goff goes down, but Goff comes right back out for second-and-9 at the Arizona 36, where the throw to St. Brown falls incomplete.
An 8-yard completion on third down sets up fourth-and-1.
Timeout #1 Detroit (0:31 2nd)
The conversion is successful, a 6-yard completion completion to St. Brown.
Josh Reynolds comes up with a 22-yard touchdown pass on the very next play, and Detroit is up 17-0.
Lions 17, Cardinals 0 (0:19 2nd)
The Cardinals end the half with a QB kneel.
HALFTIME: Lions 17, Cardinals 0
The Cardinals take over at their own 25, trailing 10-0.
A false start penalty makes it first-and-15. Jalen Reeves-Maybin bats the first-down pass at the line, but after a 14-yard gain on second down, Arizona moves the chains for the first time today with a short run on third down.
But after the Cardinals reach midfield, Charles Harris comes up with a third-down sack of Kyler Murray to get Detroit's defense off the field again.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (7:40 2nd)
The Lions don't get very far on offense, though, thanks to a holding penalty to start the drive.
Jack Fox's punt is returned to the Arizona 39.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (6:13 2nd)
Arizona takes over at its own 25, trailing 10-0.
A 5-yard run by James Conner on second down brings up third-and-5, where Charles Harris gets into the backfield and sacks Kyler Murray for a loss of 8.
Kalif Raymond returns the punt to Detroit's 38.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (13:16 2nd)
After a 7-yard carry on second down, Craig Reynolds gets another yard on third down. Their fourth-down play is preceded by a false start penalty, and they'll now punt it away.
Jack Fox's punt is returned to the 25.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (11:10 2nd)
Detroit takes over at its own 7, where the first-down pass is nearly picked off. Godwin Igwebuike takes the third-down screen pass for a gain of 13 that gives Detroit first-and-10 at the 25.
Jared Goff turns second-and-10 into third-and-5, where the handoff to Craig Reynolds goes for 27 yards to the Arizona 43. This dude is balling.
Jermar Jefferson then rushes the ball for 6 yards, bringing the first quarter to a close.
END 1ST: Lions 3, Cardinals 0
One play later, Goff fakes the handoff, then floats the ball up top to Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 37-yard passing touchdown to put the Lions up 10.
Lions 10, Cardinals 0 (14:53 2nd)
The Lions try for the onside kick after taking a 3-0 lead, but it fails. And they're penalized for illegal formation.
Charles Harris drags down Kyler Murray for no gain on first down. A 6-yard pass and false start penalty sets up third-and-9, where Harris drops Rondale Moore for a loss of 1.
The ensuing punt is downed at the 7.
Lions 3, Cardinals 0 (3:42 1st)
The Cardinals have won the toss, and elect to defer. It'll be Lions' ball first.
Detroit takes over at the 18. Jared Goff is sacked for a loss of 4 on the game's first play. Craig Reynolds, getting his first-career start, carries for 10 to set up third-and-4, where Goff is able to hit Amon-Ra St. Brown for a gain of 4 to move the chains.
Goff goes back to St. Brown, and later hands to Reynolds on third-and-5 for a 7-yard carry that gives Detroit another first down at the 40.
A throw to Kalif Raymond picks up 15, moving Detroit into Arizona territory at the 45.
Another run and throw gives Detroit a first down at the 34.
Josh Reynolds moves Detroit to the Arizona 21 with a 13-yard reception. It's quickly third-and-8 after Detroit's next two plays, where a 5-yard pickup sets up fourth-and-3.
After faking a fourth-down attempt, Riley Patterson puts home a 37-yard field goal.
Lions 3, Cardinals 0 (6:10 1st)
The good news for the Detroit Lions: They're getting healthier.
The bad news: The Arizona Cardinals are getting pressured.
While Detroit suffered a beatdown from Denver last week with nearly half of its roster out due to a COVID and flu outbreak, Arizona took one of its only defeats of the season on Monday night in a pivotal NFC West matchup against Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.
A high sense of urgency should be traveling with the Cardinals (10-3) to Ford Field this Sunday, where the battered Lions (1-11-1) are simply looking to get out of the 2021 season without anymore injuries.
Cardinals at Lions
► Kickoff: 1 p.m., Sunday, Ford Field
► TV/radio: Fox/97.1
► Records: Lions 1-11-1, Cardinals 10-3
► Line: Arizona by 11.5