GAME IN REVIEW: Lions stun Cowboys with a 31-30 come-from-behind win

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Quarterback Matthew Stafford leads a game-winning drive in just 62 seconds to improve the Lions to 5-3

Reggie Bush probably summed it up best when he said, "I don't think anybody could imagine it would be this ugly, but we got it."

Yes, Detroit's 31-30 come-from-behind victory was not pretty by any means.

Scratch that.

The final 62 seconds was a thing of beauty with quarterback Matthew Stafford completing passes of 17 (Calvin Johnson), 40 (Kris Durham) and 22 yards (Johnson again) before stunning even his teammates with a 1-yard sneak to tie the game before David Akers' PAT utlimately gave Detroit the win.

"Our whole O-line just stood straight up," said Stafford after the game. "I think that probably helped, I think maybe their D-line probably just stood up and was like, 'Oh, he's not doing anything.'

"I don't know, I was just going for it man. Shoot, I was trying to win a game."

Stafford deserves a great deal of credit for that final drive, particularly the 40-yard pass to Durham with 40 seconds remaining, which truly made the comeback win realistic for the Lions.

The real star of the day, though, was Calvin Johnson.

Johnson finished the game just seven yards short of the NFL record for receiving yards in a game -- Flipper Anderson had 336 in 1989 -- but his 329 does set a regular season record because 40 of Anderson's yards came in overtime.

"Phenomenal," said defensive end Willie Young after the game. "I might be his No. 1 fan."

The Lions finished the game with four turnovers (two interceptions and two lost fumbles), yet kept themselves within reach thanks to clutch defensive play.

Though the Lions continued to struggle in giving up big plays (Dallas had touchdowns of 50 and 60 yards), they also surrendered just 10 points on four turnovers.

"It was a good team win," said linebacker DeAndre Levy. "We had each other's backs. We kept the score down in the first half with thsoe turnovers. We gav eup scores late and they responded with scores for us.

"We played for each other today."


  • It was widely talked about that cornerback Chris Houston had a difficult game versus Cincinnati a week ago. He actually didn't talk to reporters last week to focus on a rebound performance. He didn't disappoint.
  • "Houston played an outstanding game today," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "We doubled Dez Bryant just about the whole game … and that meant we were singled up away from him a lot and most of those fell to Chris Houston.
  • "Chris bounced back with a big-time performance. That’s what we expected. At some point you have to show faith in your players."
  • As excited as the Lions were about the win on Sunday, there were some tough losses. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles suffered an Achilles injury, defensive end Ziggy Ansah and cornerback Bill Bentley both left with knee injuries.
  • "We'll have to see on Ryan Broyles if that could eventually be long term," said Schwartz following the game.