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Lions rally, beat Eagles

Hanson’s 45-yarder gives Detroit 26-23 overtime win

October 15, 2012
The Daily News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Nnamdi Asomugha sat at his locker stall in full uniform with his head down long after the Philadelphia Eagles blew one they had in their grasp.

It'll be a long bye week for this turnover-prone team.

Matthew Stafford rallied desperate Detroit back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime and the Lions beat the Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.

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Philadelphia’s Kurt Coleman, left, knocks Detroit’s Calvin Johnson out of bounds on the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter Sunday.

"This is pretty bad because this was a big game for us," said Asomugha, the two-time All-Pro cornerback. "We lost last week and going into a bye this hurts a lot because it would have helped us. If we can't win a game like that, we have to go back to the drawing board. We have to close out a game like that."

A defense that held Stafford and Calvin Johnson in check for 3 1/2 quarters collapsed at the end for the second straight week, and the Eagles (3-3) enter the bye with consecutive late losses.

"They wanted it more. We blew it," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said.

Stafford led Detroit to 17 points in the last 10 minutes to force overtime, throwing a TD pass and running for a score. He finished with 311 yards passing, one TD and one interception.

The comeback kept Lions (2-3) from a 1-4 start a year after opening 5-0 en route to their first playoff appearance since 1999.

"It takes lot of heart," Stafford said. "It would have been a lot easier to just pack it in. This team has lot of fight. We didn't play great. We did on defense, not on offense. Every guy in that locker room didn't stop playing and that's what got us the win."

Michael Vick threw for 311 yards and two TDs, but he also had two interceptions and a botched snap led to another lost fumble. The Eagles now have 17 turnovers in six games, including 13 by Vick on eight picks and five fumbles.

"This is going to hurt for a long time," Vick said. "We put ourselves in position to win and didn't finish."

Down 23-13 after Vick's 70-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin with 5:18 left, the Lions answered.

Detroit had two shots from the Eagles 1 following a pass interference penalty on Colt Anderson with 13 seconds left in regulation. But Stafford misfired on both passes and Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime.

The Lions sacked Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at midfield.

Stafford hit Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 27 on first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the winner.

"I was nervous," Hanson said. "We needed it bad. We needed it to get our season on track."

Johnson had 135 yards receiving, but the All-Pro wide receiver still has no TD catches from Stafford this season. He was called for offensive pass interference to negate his 11-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter.

The undisciplined Lions overcame 16 penalties, most in the NFL this season.

Stafford threw a 57-yard pass to Tony Scheffler to get deep in Eagles territory and then tossed a 17-yard pass to Nate Burleson to cut it to 23-20 with 3:32 left.

 
 

 

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