Moore, Fuller lead Lions to late preseason victory

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Third-string quarterback Kellen Moore came to the rescue late and helped the Lions secure a 13-12 victory.

What happened:The Detroit Lions had a tough go of it on offense for most of the game with Matthew Stafford and most of the starters playing just one series. However, third-string quarterback Kellen Moore came to the rescue late and helped the Lions secure a 13-12 come from behind victory in head coach Jim Caldwell’s debut.

Moore led a four-play, 50-yard drive and found second-year receiver Corey Fuller streaking down the left sideline for a 21-yard touchdown with 1:05 left in the game to propel the Lions to victory.

Kellen MooreQB Kellen Moore (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Stafford finished his night completing 2-of-4 passes for 18 yards, one of which was a 14-yarder to receiver Golden Tate, to set up a Nate Freese field goal on the first possession of the game.

After that, however, the Lions struggled to do much else on that side of the football, until late in the fourth quarter.

Backup Dan Orlovsky played the rest of the first half and the third quarter and finished 12-of-23 passing for 89 yards (3.9 average) with a passer rating of 61.7.

Moore finished his night 11-of-13 passing for 121 yards with a touchdown and a 131.1 passer rating.

What didn’t happen: The Browns didn’t have a lot of success moving the football, either. The Lions gave up just four field goals and 282 total yards and forced two turnovers.

Neither quarterbacks Brian Hoyer nor Johnny Manziel had much success against the Lions defense.

Hoyer finished his night 6-of-14 passing for 92 yards with a 65.2 passer rating.

Manziel was a little better, completing seven his 11 pass attempts for 63 yards (79.0 passer rating), but the Lions kept him mostly in check.

Critical moment: With the Lions needing a touchdown win the game late in the fourth quarter, Moore threw a perfect pass to a streaking Fuller for a 21-yard touchdown.

Fuller, a former track star turned football player, has been dramatically improved this training camp vs. last year. The Lions love his height and speed and he showed that he can stretch the field on that crucial play late in the game.

Key stat: The Lions defense held Cleveland to just 5-of-16 on third down conversions as the Browns failed to get into the end zone all night.

Player of the game: Moore led three fourth-quarter drives into Cleveland territory and looked poised all night.

He completed 84.6 percent of his passes and delivered the football on time and in rhythm all night.

Honorable mention player of the game: Rookie running back George Winn has already earned a reputation as a tough runner in training camp and that translated to the field vs. Cleveland.

Winn finished the game with 39 rushing yards on six carries (6.5 average) and caught three passes for another 23