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>>caption: †ROOKIE JAHVID BEST
PUT ON QUITE A SHOW IN HIS
OFFICIAL FORD FIELD DEBUT<<
@ FORD FIELD:
† † It only took Lions rookie RBack
Jahvid Best two contests to have
a breakout game, but even Best's
best couldn't save the Lions from a
38-32 home opening loss Sunday.
† † In a game featuring two former
starting QBacks now acting as
injury replacement fill-ins, Philly's
Michael Vick was more efficient
than Detroit's Shaun Hill.
† † After leading by 10-P in the 1st-H
the Lions fell behind by 18-P midway through the 4th-Qtr before making a late
comeback bid on Best's third touchdown of the game, a Calvin Johnson touchdown
catch and Johnson's 2-point conversion grab. Following Johnson's back-to-back end
zone receptions Lions rookie Randy Phillips recovered an onside kick with 1:48 to
play. However, Hill threw four consecutive incomplete passes and the Lions could
not complete the improbable recovery. † †
† † The Lions are 0-2 on the new year and an NFL-worst 33-&-113 since 2001.
† † Best combined for 232-yards of offense and a trio of scores. Best caught
nine passes for 154-yards and his middle touchdown and carried 17 times for
78-yards and two TDs.
† † Best's Philadelphia counterpart LeSean McCoy rushed 16 times for 120-yards
and three touchdowns.
† † More controlled in the backfield than when he replaced Philly starter Kevin Kolb
(concussion) in a week one home loss to Green Bay, Vick completed 21-of-34 passes
for 284-yards and two touchdowns. More impressively he targeted nine different
receivers. Vick also ran seven times for 37-yards.
† † Hill, who took over for right/throwing shoulder injured Detroit starter Matthew
Stafford last week in a loss at Chicago, this time went 25-of-45 for 335-yards and two
scores. However, Hill also threw a pair of interceptions grabbed-off by Nate Allen and
Ellis Hobbs. Hill scrambled three times for 16-yards. † † †
† † Both teams did some very good and some very bad things in an opening half that
took an uncommonly long 1-hr, 48-mins to play.
† † The first drive of the game abruptly ended when Hill was intercepted in the end
zone by Allen. That sparked a 4-play/80-yard Eagles possession which ended in a
short Vick pass to the left side that went for a 45-yard touchdown catch & run by
WR DeSean Jackson.
† † The Lions responded to tie the game 7-all on Best's 14-yard up-the-middle touchdown
run. The drive went 6-plays/76-yards, all on the ground and all but a dozen of those
yards gained by Best on four carries.
† † The Lions then took a 10-P lead at 17-7 in the 2nd-Qtr when Jason Hanson booted
a 49-yard field goal and Best out-raced everybody after catching a patient-development
screen-pass from Hill for a 75-yard TD.
† † The Eagles seized momentum and the halftime lead with a pair of touchdowns just
3:40 apart late in the 2nd-Qtr. McCoy capped an 11-play/74-yard drive with his 14-yard
up-the-middle run to make it 17-14 with 3:53 to go prior to intermission. Philadelphia then
went 89-yards in 7-plays that took just 59-sec and a short Vick pass right side to Jeremy
Maclin resulted in a 21-17 visitors advantage with 13-sec left in the 1st-H.
† † A sloppy 3rd-Qtr on both sides produced just one score, a McCoy 4-yard run.
McCoy then ripped off a 46-yard touchdown scamper for his third TD of the game
to give the Eagles their biggest lead at 35-17 with 6:17 remaining in regulation.
† † Best set up his own third score with a 21-yard reception, then ran it in from the
two-yard line. Hanson's PAT made it 38-24. †
† † Hill found Johnson for a 14-yard TD, but the play was nullified because Johnson
had covered-up the tight end for an illegal formation penalty. Hill went right back
to Johnson on a deep middle pattern for a 19-yard touchdown that did count. Hill
then put up a jump ball to the 6-5 Johnson for the 2-point conversion and the 38-32
† † With only one catch for seven yards the first six times he was targeted by Hill,
Johnson finished with four receptions for 50-yards. T-End Brandon Pettigrew had
only one reception for 10-yards in the first half, but finished with seven grabs for
† † Jackson led Philadelphia with four receptions for 135-yards and a TD. †
† † The Eagles evened their record at 1-1. †
LIONS H-COACH JIM SCHWARTZ: † "It's a bottom-line league. You'd take a bad win over a
tough loss, but Iím proud to stand among the players. This is a tough team. This is a
team that's resilient, that fights through a lot of situations. I wasn't proud of the result,
but I was proud of the effort today."
LIONS RB JAHVID BEST: † "The effort was there but we just came up a little
short at the end. It was a tough loss to take. I can't say I'm leaving the
building happy at all...We felt that we could exploit some matchups and we
felt pretty good about me on the linebacker [former Lion Ernie Sims]. †Shaun
got me some great balls and I was just making plays...My expectations are
high. Whatever they need me to do, I feel like I should got out there and
perform...I feel that nobody should catch me. If they do, then it's my fault
...Last week was my first game [in the loss at Chicago] and I was a little bit
nervous. I was thinking too much. This week I calmed myself down and just
LIONS QB SHAUN HILL: † "The losses are tough, but you can only worry about them for
a day...It should hurt. It better hurt...This is a long season; 0-2 is not out of it. You
canít dwell on that. You go in, you learn from your mistakes and you better come out
next week ready to go."
LIONS DE KYLE VANDEN BOSCH: † "We could've put them away early. When we get in
the lead and have the momentum, we've got to finish. We have to keep our foot on the
throttle. And then, in the end, we have to find a way to win it...We gave up big plays,
but we made big plays...we have a lot of things to clean up, but also have some things
to build off of."
LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH: † "We definitely gave up some things with [Vick's] feet.
We're not too happy about that, but he's a great player. He was going to find an edge.''
EAGLES H-COACH ANDY REID: † "Every winís a great win the National Football League.
Weíre not graded on how pretty they look, so that one down the stretch didnít look
too pretty. The main this is, we won the game...LeSean [McCoy] and DeSean [Jackson],
I thought, made some big plays. Michael Vick made some big plays. Defensively, we had
turnovers and you got to have those."
EAGLES QB MICHAEL VICK: † "It was great being out there today. It was great to just
have the opportunity to go out and make some plays for this team...more positive plays
than negative plays was the primary goal, and we did it. As a unit, we started off slow,
and we were able to fight back...They tried to play them over the top of them. But
whenever we get single coverage, I try to give him an opportunity to make a play.
Heís a big play guy. Along with Jeremy [Maclin], they do a good job of making separation
downfield, catching the ball with their hands and getting yards after the catch. I just
wanted to put both of them in a position where they could make plays. They both were
able to do that."
EAGLES RB LeSEAN McCOY: † "It feels pretty good, man. It takes you back to high school,
counting up [three] touchdowns. I think that itís all about just having fun. I felt like
everybody was in the huddle and they had the motor, the determination to get into the
endzone. I just rode them...[Vick] can do so much by himself, we just want to help him
out. Itís always something special with Michael. You never to know what to expect from
him running or pass; heís an amazing player. So us skill guys got to try to help him out as
best as possible."
EAGLES WR DeSEAN JACKSON: † "A lot of people doubted [Vick] and said he wasn't able
to do this. He's been able to prove everybody wrong."
EAGLES LB ERNIE SIMS: † † "Yeah, it was kind of ironic that I got the first tackle of the
game and it happened to be a pretty good lick. I was really excited about that...Itís
amazing. It feels great....itís a blessing to be on this side of the ball now...It feels a
whole lot different, I canít lie about that. It was a little awkward seeing [his former
Lions teammates]. Iím with the Philadelphia Eagles now, we won at the Lions; we got
our first win. Iím excited right now."
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† † Prior to Best's Sunday effort the last NFL rookie running back with 154 receiving yards
was Dallas' Herschel Walker, who had 170 against Philadelphia on 12/14/1986......The last
NFL †player to score five touchdowns in his first two NFL games was Detroit's Billy Sims in
1980.....Best's nine receptions tied Roy Williams' Lions rookie record set on 9/26/2004,
also against the Eagles.....Best's 154 receiving yards is the most ever by a Detroit rookie
running back and rank second to the 168 yards that rookie END Dave Middleton had against
the Chicago Bears on 11/20/1955.....Best's 232 yards from scrimmage are the fifth-best by a
Lions player and the most since Barry Sanders had 253 against Tampa Bay on 11/13/1994
.....The last Detroit player with three touchdowns in a game was Williams on 11/13/2005
and the last Lions rookie with three touchdowns in a game was Sanders against Atlanta on
† † Since sacks became an official NFL stat in 1983, Suh became the first Lions rookie to
record sacks in each of his first two regular season games.
† † McCoy became the first Eagles player with three rushing touchdowns in a game
since Charlie Garner in 1999.
† † Vick's reward for leading the Eagles to a road win could be a quick return to the
bench. Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid indicated Sunday if concussed Kolb is cleared
to play by Wk-3, Kolb will resume his role as Philly's starting QBack even though Vick
has out-performed Kolb by a wide margin thusfar.
† † Lions WR Nate Burleson (ankle) was injured on the game's first play from scrimmage.
When retaped Burleson was unable to return to the game TE Tony Scheffler was
shifted to slot receiver in Burleson's place because Derrick Williams was inactive and
Stefan Logan was concentrating on kick/punt return duties. Scheffler had one
reception for 5-yards.
† † Detroit FS Louis Delmas sat out various times with knee, elbow and wrist injuries.
† † Eagles DE Brandon Graham suffered a right shoulder injury, but X-rays were negative.
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