Burning questions: A fast start by the Lions, then a long, steady domination by the Seattle Seahawks who scored 28 straight points in a 28-14 victory Sunday at Ford Field.
Question: What two words would describe the outcome and the Lions' performance?
Answer: Convincing, and disappointing.
It was convincing for the way the Seahawks took over the game by scoring 28 straight points after the Lions had scored first for a 7-0 lead.
It was also convincing for the way the Seahawks' Russell Wilson won the quarterback duel. He threw three TD passes without a turnover, while Matthew Stafford had two huge turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Stafford lost a fumble at midfield without being hit while scrambling. And he had a pass intercepted at the one-yard line when the Lions had first and goal at the four. There was no reasonable explanation for either turnover.
And it was disappointing in how the Lions did not rise to the moment. They had an opportunity to make a statement that they really were a team on the rise after last week's road win over the Miami Dolphins.
Instead of winning a third straight game to make their won-loss record 4-3, the Lions sank to 3-4 with their second loss of the season at home.
The Seahawks made their record 4-3, and while they're not close to the powerhouse of a few seasons ago, they were too good, too tough and too resourceful for the Lions. The better team won – much to the disappointment of the Lions' fans.
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Q. Momentum change: What caused it, and why so sudden and complete – from a 7-0 lead for the Lions on their first possession to a 21-7 lead the Seahawks took into the halftime intermission?
A. It was a little of some things that added up and a lot of others. The result was a complete shift in how the game went – from looking like the Lions were on their way to dominating to the Seahawks doing whatever they wanted.
Q. Seahawks' edge: What was it?
A. Balance on their side – the same thing the Lions used to beat the Dolphins a week ago – and mistakes and penalties by the Lions that hurt them and helped the Seahawks.
After the Lions scored on their first possession for a 7-0 lead, the Seahawks took over and dominated the rest of the first half.
They ran the ball – Chris Carson leading the way with 12 carries for 61 yards.
They threw the ball – 11 completions in 12 attempts for 151 yards and three TDs by Wilson.
And they shut down the Lions' offense after their first possession. The Lions had only three first downs in the second quarter.
Q. Kickoff fumble: Ameer Abdullah fumbled on a kickoff return after Seattle's first touchdown made it 7-7. Was that the key play in Seattle's first-half surge to a 21-7 lead?
A. If it wasn't the biggest, it was close because it hurt the Lions in two ways.
First was taking a possession away from the offense. The defense had to go right back on the field after giving up the TD.
What made it worse was the field position. Seattle got the ball at the the Lions' 34. They needed only two plays to score – a 17-yard pass to Carson on first down, then the 15-yard TD pass to David Moore that made it 14-7.
From there, the lead grew – to 21-7 by the end of the first half, and to 28-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Q. Special teams: Weren't they a problem all game, not just on the kickoff?
A. Yes. They've been penalty prone all season, but it was a tough day all around Sunday. In addition to Abdullah's fumble and the penalties, Sam Martin had a short punt in the third quarter.
And late in the fourth quarter, Seahawks punter Michael Dickson ran out of his end zone for a nine-yard gain and a first down that ended any slim hope of a Lions comeback. The Lions were caught napping on that play.
Q. Most revealing stat: What was it?
A. Besides the score ... it was the running game.
The Seahawks ran for 176 yards against a defense that was supposed to be improved by the addition of defensive tackle Damon Harrison. That might still happen, but it was far from the case on Sunday.
And the Lions were held to 34 yards – 214 fewer than they ran for last week against the Dolphins.
That's the biggest sign of which team dominated the game. And it was the Seahawks.