It was a tough way to lose for the Detroit Lions after holding the lead for the majority of the game.
In what had the potential to be a runaway victory, the Lions struggled offensively in the second half and the Cardinals clawed their way back to a 25-21 win.
Each phase of the Lions' game had its own struggle.
Offensively, Detroit lost RB
"It certainly affected us, but we still got 11 guys on the field even after he was down and we've got to find ways to convert third downs and get the ball moved and then score," said Schwartz.
"When we did drive the ball, we ended up getting a field goal blocked. That would have gone a long way to setting us up and padding our lead at that point."
The Lions recorded zero first downs in the third quarter and had the ball for just 2:45.
MORE ON THE OFFENSE:
- Bush said after the game he "wasn't himself" and probably shouldn't have gone back in. He did, however, say he didn't think the injury is anything serious. Tests will tell.
Nate Burlesonhad an opportunity to extend the Lions last-ditch drive at inside the game's final two minutes, but ultimately came up short.
- A big matchup heading into this game was WR
Calvin Johnsonvs. CB Patrick Peterson. It's safe to say Johnson got the better of Peterson in the first half. He had four catches for 96 yards with two touchdowns. That flipped in the second half, when Johnson was held to just two catches for 20 yards.
- The two exchanged jerseys following the game.
The Lions played without DT
Stepping up to play an even more dominant game than he did a week ago was DT
Detroit finished with one sack, four tackles for loss, seven pass defenses and one interception returned for a touchdown. In the second half, however, Detroit wasn't able to make the key stops to ice the game.
MORE ON THE DEFENSE:
Bill Bentleycommitted a crucial penalty at the end of the game when he was flagged for pass interference in the end zone with 2:17 remaining and the Lions up 21-19. That gave the Cardinals 1st-and-goal at the 1.
- An illegal hands to the face penalty called on
Willie Youngnegated what would have been a forced fumble recovered by Detroit.
MORE ON SPECIAL TEAMS:
David Akersmissed a 47-yard field goal in the first half and had another 47-yard attempt blocked in the fourth quarter when the Lions failed to block Justin Bethel coming off the edge.
- Returner Michael Spurlock nearly made a big mistake in the first half when he was indecisive on whether to return a kickoff and nearly stepped past the goal line before catching himself.
- Poor field position made things tough for the offense all game. Of the Lions' 12 drives, five began inside their own 10-yard line, six began at the 20 and one began at the 21. Detroit's average starting spot was the 15. Arizona's was the 36.