OAKLAND – One yard.
The Lions came up one yard short in their comeback attempt Sunday, falling to the Raiders 31-24.
Detroit faced 4th and goal at the Oakland 1-yard line with eight seconds remaining and a chance to tie. They dialed up a play-action role out left and quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed a jump ball up to tight end Logan Thomas in the back of the end zone, but it was broken up by Raiders safety Karl Joseph.
Game over. Comeback over.
The loss now drops the Lions to 3-4-1 on the season.
Two keys to the loss for the Lions were early turnovers and again not being able to stop the run.
Lions running back J.D. McKissic fumbled at the Raiders' 32-yard line on Detroit’s first possession. The Raiders turned it into seven points.
Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley made a terrific one-handed interception in the Raiders end zone in the second quarter. Oakland also turned that into a touchdown.
That’s a 14-0 swing in what ended up being a one touchdown difference.
Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs set a franchise record for rushing yards in a season by a rookie, passing Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, by finishing with 120 yards and two scores. As a team, Oakland netted 171 yards on the ground for a 4.75 average.
View photos from the Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders Week 9 game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Oakland, Calif.
Detroit’s struggled to stop the run all year long. They entered Sunday ranked 26th against the run (130.7).
Trailing in the fourth quarter, Detroit tied the game at 24-24 with 5:16 left in the game on a 26-yard touchdown from Stafford to McKissic, but Detroit’s defense couldn’t hold Oakland from there.
Oakland quarterback Derek Carr led the Raiders 75 yards in just seven plays capping off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow with 2:04 remaining.
That set up Stafford for one more chance to tie it starting from the Detroit 23-yard line with 1:58 left. Stafford got Detroit all the way to the Oakland one, but came up a yard short.
Stafford was good again in defeat. He threw touchdown passes to Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay and McKissic. It’s the third straight game Stafford’s thrown for at least 300 yards and three scores. Matt Prater added a 23-yard field goal.
QB Comparison: Stafford finished 26-of-41 passing for 406 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 110.4. It’s Stafford’s third straight game with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
Carr completed 20 of his 31 passes for 289 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 116.2.
Promising trend: Lions defensive end Trey Flowers recorded a sack, his third in his last two games. Flowers had two sacks last week against the Giants.
The sack was the first on Carr since Week 4. The Raiders came into the contest allowing just eight sacks all year.
Flowers was a bright spot for the Lions' defense all game. On top of the sack, he recorded two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss. They were the only quarterback hits or tackles for loss recorded by the Lions' defense in the game.
Worrying trend: Detroit’s defense couldn’t find a way to make a key stop on third down most of the game. The Raiders finished 7-of-13 on third down, including a couple key conversions down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Detroit’s defense entered the game 29th in the NFL in efficiency (47.2 percent)
Injury report: Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury and went to the locker room, but did return. Guard Joe Dahl came up limping very late and was replaced by Oday Aboushi for the final couple plays.
Next up: at Chicago (3-5)