After a disappointing loss at Green Bay, the Detroit Lions were poised for victory at Cleveland.
The first half, however, didn't quite reflect that.
Though the Lions had receiver
"It was just how he felt," said head coach Jim Schwartz after the game. "We knew that if he was going to have a certain number of snaps, we would rather have them in the second half so we limited his snaps a little bit in the first half."
Detroit managed just 109 total yards in the first half compared to Cleveland's 250. Correlating with those numbers was Detroit's 26 rushing yards compared to the Browns' 115.
"We were trying to prepare ourselves to go out and win the second half of the game," said Schwartz of the locker room at halftime.
"I can't really pinpoint what he actually said," said Delmas. "The locker room is much more different the general public. What he said was very positive and very motivational; he definitely got his point across.
"While he was talking, every individual in this locker room thought that, that one person was talking to them, including myself. I knew that I had to go out there with a chip on my shoulder and not let him down. Not letting him down meant that I had to go out there and do my job."
Whatever Tulloch said, it did the trick. The Lions shut out the Browns in the second half and went on to win 31-17.
MORE NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES SURROUNDING DETROIT'S WIN AT CLEVELAND:
- Johnson may have finished with only three receptions for 25 yards, but didn't his impact span far beyond those numbers?
- Rookie TE
Joseph Fauriabecomes the first tight end in the history of the organization to have three touchdowns in a single game and the first pass catcher to do it since Johnson in 2010.
DeAndre Levyis in his fifth season in the Lions defensive scheme and is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He is currently tied for the league lead in interceptions with four. He had two at Cleveland.
- "I think last week we had a letdown," said G
Rob Simsafter the game. "Up front we answered. I think all the stuff we have been going through this last week, we let it show out there on the field. We just have to keep pushing."