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GAME IN REVIEW: Lions drop a tough one after holding the lead most of the game

Posted Sep 16, 2013

A win eluded the Lions as they dropped a fourth-quarter loss at Arizona to fall to 1-1

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.

OFFENSE

Offensively, Detroit lost RB Reggie Bush to a knee injury. Though he was cleared to return -- and he did for a play in the third quarter which resulted in a fumble after a missed handoff -- head coach Jim Schwartz said Bush didn't feel like he had the same "burst" off his injured leg.

"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.

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DEFENSE

The Lions played without DT Nick Fairley, who was inactive with a shoulder injury.

Stepping up to play an even more dominant game than he did a week ago was DT Ndamukong Suh, who finished with three tackles -- two for loss -- and two quarterback hits. One of those hits led to a pick-six by LB DeAndre Levy.

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.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

Aside from rookie P Sam Martin, the Lions' special teams units had a game they'd just as soon forget.

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  • Kicker David Akers missed 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.

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