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NFL: Lions top Eagles 26-23 in overtime

Published October 14, 2012 8:08 pm
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Philadelphia • 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.

"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 3½ quarters collapsed at the end for the second straight week, and the Eagles (3-3) enter the bye with consecutive late losses. Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a long drive that ended with a final-second field goal for a 16-14 win last Sunday.

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.

"It takes lot of heart," Stafford said. "It would have been a lot easier to just pack it in. This team has a 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. Lions 26,Eagles 23 OVERTIME

Detroit 6 0 0 17 3 — 26

Philadelphia 0 7 6 10 0 — 23

First Quarter

Det • FG Hanson 46, 11:03.

Det • FG Hanson 34, 3:58.

Second Quarter

Phi • McCoy 2 pass from Vick (Henery kick), 1:16.

Third Quarter

Phi • FG Henery 26, 8:23.

Phi • FG Henery 32, 3:39.

Fourth Quarter

Phi • FG Henery 49, 13:39.

Det • Stafford 1 run (Hanson kick), 10:30.

Phi • Maclin 70 pass from Vick (Henery kick), 5:18.

Det • Burleson 17 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 3:32.

Det • FG Hanson 19, :03.


Det • FG Hanson 45, 11:00.

Attendance • 69,144.

Det Phi

First downs 25 24

Total Net Yards 449 357

Rushes-yards 28-138 29-71

Passing 311 286

Punt Returns 4-72 3-12

Kickoff Returns 2-26 5-122

Interceptions Ret. 2-0 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 22-45-1 28-46-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 3-25

Punts 7-42.7 5-56.6

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 16-132 9-60

Time of Possession 30:41 33:19

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Detroit, LeShoure 15-70, Bell 7-38, Burleson 2-22, Stafford 3-7, K.Williams 1-1. Philadelphia, Vick 9-59, McCoy 14-22, Brown 5-4, Jackson 1-(minus 14).

Passing • Detroit, Stafford 22-45-1-311. Philadelphia, Vick 28-46-2-311.

Receiving • Detroit, Johnson 6-135, Burleson 4-24, Scheffler 3-81, Pettigrew 3-38, LeShoure 3-24, T.Young 2-6, Bell 1-3. Philadelphia, McCoy 7-26, Maclin 6-130, Jackson 5-74, Celek 4-33, Avant 2-21, Cooper 2-18, Harbor 2-9.






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