TWENTYMAN: Lions fall flat in the snow, lose 34-20 to Eagles

Posted Dec 8, 2013

The loss drops the Lions record to 7-6 after they were outscored 34-6 after taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter

The Detroit Lions had been so good at stopping the run heading into Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.

Historically good, in fact, as the team hadn’t allowed more than 62 yards rushing or a touchdown in six straight games. They were the first team to accomplish that feat since 1933.

The Philadelphia Eagles and LeSean McCoy made certain that streak stopped at six, however.

McCoy dashed and cut his way to 217 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles came from behind to beat the Lions, 34-20, in blizzard-like conditions at Lincoln Financial Field.

McCoy set a new Philadelphia Eagles sigle-game rushing record with the effort.

The Eagles amassed 283 total yards on the ground, which was more than the Lions had given up the last six games combined (245).

The loss spoils a historic day for Lions kick returner Jeremy Ross.

Ross kept the Lions in the game with a 58-yard punt-return touchdown in the third quarter and a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

He became the first Lions player since Eddie Payton in 1977 to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same game.

It was a wasted effort, however, as the Lions offense couldn’t get out of their own way again.

The offense scored just once on a two-yard touchdown run by Joique Bell in the second quarter, but that was set up by a Chris Houston interception. The Lions had just 228 total yards in the game.

They also had seven fumbles and lost three of them.

Teams just don’t win playing that kind of football.

Detroit was without running back Reggie Bush, who re-aggravated a calf injury in warm-ups. Bell took over as the lead back and finished with 69 yards on 23 carries.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was just 9-of-24 passing for 120 yards. He and center Dominic Raiola fumbled the center exchange five times in the game.

The loss drops the Lions record to 7-6 after they were outscored 34-6 after taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.

Even with the loss, the Lions will still lead the NFC North no matter what happens in Monday night’s Dallas vs. Chicago game. Detroit owns a one-game lead over the Bears and have the tiebreaker.