It was painful loss for the Lions yesterday at Ford Field as they let a ten point fourth quarter lead over the Jets slip away and New York nailed down the win in overtime 23-to-20. To make matters worse, Lion’s starting quarterback Matthew Stafford re-injured his right shoulder when he was sacked in the fourth quarter. He had to leave the game after throwing two touchdown passes and running for another a score. Lion’s kicker
Jason Hanson was also injured when his right knee was hit and he was knocked down on an attempted field goal in the third quarter. Detroit went on to score a touchdown, but rookie defensive end Ndamukong Suh, filling in for Hanson, missed an extra point try that would prove costly in the end. Hanson returned later to convert on an extra point that put Detroit ahead 20-to-10, but he wasn’t able to kick off, leaving those duties to punter Nick Harris and that gave the Jets good field position for most of the second half.
One of the key plays that helped the Jets was Detroit’s decision to try a pass on third down with two minutes remaining in the game and New York out of time outs. Rather than running the ball and letting another 40 seconds go by, the failed pass stopped the clock with 1:54 left, and the Jets would go on to tie the game with a field goal as time expired and win it on a 30-yard field goal after taking the opening kickoff in overtime.
Detroit also helped beat itself with penalties, being flagged 11 times for 102 yards. The Lion’s record is now 2-and-6 while the Jets improved to 6-and-2. There was no word on how bad Stafford’s shoulder injury is. He is expected to have an M-R-I today.
Next Sunday, it’s Detroit at winless Buffalo. The Lion’s loss yesterday keeps them in the basement of the N-F-C North, a game behind the Minnesota Vikings, who scored two touchdowns in the final 3-and-half minutes of regulation and then beat Arizona in overtime 27-to-24.
The Bears stayed in second place in the division with a 22-to-19 win over the Bills. And Green Bay held on to first place by blowing out Dallas 45-to-7 last night at Lambeau Field.
Elsewhere Around The League…
Cleveland Browns 34, New England Patriots 14
Philadelphia Eagles 26, Indianapolis Colts 24
Atlanta Falcons 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21
Baltimore Ravens 26, Miami Dolphins 10
New Orleans Saints 34, Carolina Panthers 3
San Diego Chargers 29, Houston Texans 23
New York Giants 41, Seattle Seahawks 7
Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 20 (OT)
Week Nine wraps up tonight with Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.