Lions Den: Lions Hand Eagles Their First Loss of the Season

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Matt Prater and Darius Slay lifted the Detroit Lions (2-3) to a 24-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.

Prater made a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left in the game, giving the Lions a 24-23 lead. On the Eagles’ next possession, Slay intercepted Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to secure the Lions victory.

Detroit got off to a blazing start as quarterback Matthew Stafford led the team on three consecutive scoring drives. Stafford finished the game with 180 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Stafford did fumble once, but other than that, he was sharp all game long.

The Lions had a hard time running the ball against the Eagles’ stout front seven. The team rushed for a total of 80 yards and Theo Riddick led the team with 49 yards on 11 carries. Detroit had a pretty balanced attack as they rushed 27 times and threw on 25 occasions, but the ground game was nowhere near as effective as the passing game.

Riddick was Stafford’s favorite receiver as he led the team in receptions. The third-year running back is known for his pass catching ability out of the backfield, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Riddick leading the team in receptions. He finished the game with six catches for 33 yards and two touchdowns. Anquan Boldin led all receivers with 49 yards on four receptions.

The Lions defense had a lot of success against the Eagles’ offense, especially late in the game. Defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker recovered a Ryan Mathews fumble with 2:41 to go in the game, which led to Prater’s game winning field goal. Slay’s interception on the ensuing drive secured the game for the Lions.

Slay finished the game with three tackles, two pass deflections and an interception. The Lions secondary looked miles better than in previous weeks and Slay is the main reason. He was able to shut down Eagles receivers most of the game. The secondary didn’t allow a wide receiver to get into the end zone, but the Lions did allow Philadelphia running backs Josh Huff and Mathews to each catch one yard touchdown passes.

Detroit’s front seven also did a great job containing the Eagles running backs. As a team the Eagles rushed for 116 yards, but no running back was above 50 yards. Darren Sproles led the way with 45 yards. Matthews and Huff combined for 52 rushing yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Detroit will look to build on this win next week when they host the Los Angeles Rams. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Fox.

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