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>>caption: †LOGAN (#11) OUT-RAN
THESE RAMS FOR A 105-YARD TD<<
@ FORD FIELD:
† † A 105-yard kickoff return by
Stefan Logan sparked a Lions rout
of the Rams Sunday afternoon. The
go-ahead touchdown keyed Detroit's
first victory of the season, 44-6.
† † Detroit ended a 10-game losing streak that stretched back to a comeback
home win over Cleveland ten and a half months ago on 11/22/2009. †
† † Lions QBack Shaun Hill threw a trio of touchdown passes (to tie his NFL
career-high) to three different receivers. DB Alphonso Smith celebrated his
promotion to the starting lineup with an interception return TD. Veteran
Jason Hanson kicked three Detroit field goals.
† † The margin of victory was the largest by Detroit since a 44-0 shutout of
then-expansion Jacksonville on 12/17/1995. It was just the fourth Lions win in
their last 45 games and gave them a 1-4 mark this year.
† † Logan's return snapped an early 3-3 tie and tied the Lions record for longest
touchdown in team history. It was also the longest play in the NFL so far this
year. Logan briefly hesitated before bringing the kickoff out of the end zone,
broke free from a tackle at the Lions 30-yard line and raced away from the St.
Louis special teamers. † † †
† † The Rams had won their last two games to get a 2-2 start on the season and to tie
for the division lead in the weak NFC-West. The St. Louis defense had not allowed more
than 17-P in any of their four games and the Rams hadn't trailed at halftime through
the first quarter of the season.
† † All that changed Sunday.
† † Things went bad for St. Louis starting with the opening kickoff, and it was all their own
fault. A silly opening play onside kick attempt by the Rams failed and the gamble backfired
when Detroit's Amari Spievey covered the kick at the Ram 41-yard line. St. Louis then
was penalized on the next two plays. Although all the Lions could get was Hanson's first
field goal of the day, a 30-yarder, the tempo had been set.
† † Later in the opening quarter the Rams lost Mark Clayton, one of the NFL's leading
receivers, to a right knee injury. What was diagnosed as a possible patella tendon injury
(further evaluation Monday), severely limited the St. Louis pass play selection for #1
NFL 2010 draft choice Sam Bradford.
† † Josh Brown kicked a 28-yard field goal to tie the game for the Rams as the clock ran
out on the first quarter. Logan then started the Lion romp with his return TD on the
ensuing kickoff to make it 10-3 Lions 14-sec into the 2nd-Qtr.
† † The Lions would chew up most of the rest of the quarter with a pair of long touchdown
drives, one which took 7:16 off the clock and the other only 1:27 because it produced a
† † Calvin Johnson's 1-yard jump ball reception in the right corner of the end zone with
6:14 left in the 2nd-Qtr capped a 13-play/81-yard drive. When Hill had all kinds of time
to find Brandon Pettigrew in the middle of the E-zone for a 3-yard TD toss just 10-sec
before intermission, that play ended a 12-play/80-yard series. † †
† † In between those two Lions touchdown receptions, Brown booted a second 28-yard
St. Louis FG, so the halftime score was 24-6.
† † The Lions got a third touchdown pass from Hill on their first offensive series of the 2nd-H.
Back after sitting out injured since the first offensive play of Detroit's second game, Nate
Burleson caught Hill's throw and curled inside to then race to paydirt for a 26-yard TD to
make it 31-6 just 4:06 into the 3rd-Qtr. † †
† † Detroit ran up the score with 4th-Qtr field goals of 48 & 47-yards by Hanson, then Smith's
clinching 42-yard INT-TD with 7:06 remaining.
† † Hill went 21-of-32 for 227-yards to eight different receivers with no turnovers. Five different
Lions caught four passes each including Burleson for 56-yards and Calvin Johnson for 54-yards.
Jahvid Best caught four balls for 37-yards, rushed 18 times for 67-yards and failed on one option
† † Drew Stanton got to finish up at QB for the Lions with three kneeldowns, but only after he
completed his only pass for an 11-yard first down to Tony Scheffler. † †
† † Lions rookie DT Ndamukong Suh got his first NFL career interception when he hauled in a
ball he'd tipped up in the air himself. Detroit DB Jonathan Wade gobbled up a fumble recovery
to account for the third St. Louis turnover.
† † Bradford was 23-of-45 for 215-yards and two INTs. With Clayton sidelined most of the game,
second year WR Danny Amendola had a career-high 12 receptions for 95-yards.
† † Steven Jackson spent some time on the sideline with smoke coming out of his ears, angered
at the lack of effort and execution by some of his St. Louis teammates. Jackson would catch one
pass for 12-yards and rush 25 times for 114-yards, almost all of that production in garbage time. †
† † Now 2-3 on the season, the Rams are 0-2 on the road. † †
† † † †
LIONS H-COACH JIM SCHWARTZ: † "Our players understood how close we were [to getting
into the win column]. But you need validation...[St. Louis] came in and was playing outstanding
defense -- allowing 13 points per game -- and we scored in all three phases. We did a nice job
of accomplishing what we wanted to in the game...Our rookies have been contributing all year.
Our second year players have been contributing. It hasnít just been veteran players. I thought
maybe the biggest play of the game, and it maybe gets overlooked a little bit, was the opening
kickoff. They tried an onside kick to try to sneak one in there. Amari Spievey did a great job
of stepping up and making that play. It put us right in field goal [range]." †
LIONS QN SHAUN HILL: † "Those were great [scoring] drives. I canít say enough about
how great the offensive line played today. Thatís a group [of Rams] that gets after the
passer; they bring a lot of different pressures. Dominic [Raiola] did a great job of seeing
stuff and when they didnít pressure, guys held up. That last touchdown to Brandon
[Pettigrew] there right before halftime, I donít know if Iíve ever had that much time on
a pass play to be honest with you....I wish so badly that it didnít take so long to get this
feeling, but it does feel great to get a win in the way that we did. Everybody scored:
offense, defense, special teams ó everybody. It was a fun one."
LIONS WR/KR/PR STEFAN LOGAN: † "Coach challenged us this week and told us that we are
so close on breaking a kick or punt return, we just wanted to make it happen. It was a big
momentum swing...I wanted to it so bad because my parents were out here and I wanted
to show off for my parents. My dad, he's sick [with kidney failure] so he can't just come
up to a game every other week."
LIONS CEN DOMINIC RAIOLA: † "It feels good to get this one so we can move on...We have
to bring the excitement to this building. You're not going to bring it when you're 0-4. That's
our responsibility, that's not the crowd's fault. But they brought it, they were awesome
LIONS DT NDAMUKONG SUH: † "I improvised [on his INT return] and did it on my own.
It was just reaction, and thank God; thank my mom and my dad for blessing me with
that talent, and Iím just happy to make a play. I should have followed my blockers...
Definitely a good feeling to have this win under the belt and continue to go and get
LIONS LB JULIAN PETERSON: † "It's always fun when you get a victory, especially when all
three phases of the team play well. When everybody contributes, we all have something
good to say about each other. We can have a good time instead of saying, 'if we did this
right or if we did that right it might have been different.' We almost did the same thing
in Green Bay but we didn't finish it. Today we finished it."
RAMS H-COACH STEVE SPAGNUOLO: † "Tom [McMahon, special teams coach] always comes
to me during the week and we felt we had something there [for a successful on-side kickoff].
I just felt it would be good for the team to be aggressive on the road. In my mind, I hadnít
finally decided until this morning, but I just felt that if we were kicking off, had some
confidence in the defense and I thought they did a nice job holding them to three when they
got the ball there on the 40. And I thought the risk/reward if we get it there and weíre rolling,
I think thatís a good thing to do away, when youíre not at home...I give a lot of credit to
Detroit. They did a heck of a job; they came out and took it to us. We lost the football game.
We have to take our medicine and move on."
RAMS QB SAM BRADFORD: † "There are going to be a lot of things that we have to find on
the film and fix because we have to make sure this never happens again. I don't think
I've ever been part of a loss like this."
RAMS RB STEVEN JACKSON: † "It boils down to turnovers and penalties. We were not playing
smart and we were not protecting the ball. When youíre on the road and those things donít
go your way, itís really hard to overcome...[The Lions] played hard. Obviously, they had a
game plan that worked for them in their favor. They had a big return on their special teams
and then they had some big plays for Calvin Johnson. They were very explosive and we were
just unable to keep up."
RAMS LB JAMES LAURINAITIS: † "I donít know what happened [in the 2nd-Qtr]. They just
started making more plays than us...we canít sulk on this too much and beat our heads
against the wall. We go in with an open mind, look at the film, see what needs to be
corrected and weíll work at it this week.Ē
† † Calvin Johnson sat out late in the 4th-Qtr after making a catch diving catch along
the home team sideline and landing hard on his right shoulder.Johnson's pads were
immediately removed when he went to the bench and an ice wrap was placed on the
jammed shoulder. There was no injury update available on Johnson in the post-game
locker room. Johnson lost a second touchdown reception on a right corner diving
catch between defenders when replay overturned the TD call after showing both of
Johnson's feet failed to come down in-bounds. † †
† † Late in the game Lions E Cliff Avril had to be carted off the field when both his legs
cramped up after he jumped in the air to try and block a pass. †
† † Logan tied the Lions record for longest TD set by Terry Fair in 1998, also on a
kickoff return. Fair's KO-TD came in a 27-6 home win vs Tampa Bay on 9/28/1998. †
† † Hill became the first Lions QBack to win a game, throw for three touchdowns and
not throw an interception since Joey Harrington in 2005. Hill is 8-2 at home in his career
as an NFL starter, one of those two losses with Detroit vs Philadelphia on SEPT 19TH.
Hill remained a perfect 4-0 in his career vs the Rams. Hill's previous 3-TD pass game was
with San Francisco on 12/23/2007 vs Tampa Bay.
† † The last time the Lions scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same
game was 9/30/2007 in a 37-27 Ford Field win over Chicago.
† † The last time the Lions defense did not allow a touchdown in a game was a 9-6 season-
opening home loss to Seattle on 9/10/2006.
† † The Lion defense has posted at least two interceptions in each of the last three games.
† † Because Gardner White furniture bought the last 800 tickets prior to Friday's 1pm/ET
extended deadline, the local TV blackout was lifted and Detroit fans saw the Lions' first
home televised victory since an 11/4/2007 skunking of Denver 44-7. †
† † Jackson passed Marshall Faulk for the second most career rushing yards in Rams
† † Rams TE Darcy Johnson and OG Jacob Bell both came out of the contest due to
† † On a bye week for Pittsburgh, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was
honored at halftime for his NFL Hall-of-Fame playing career at CBack for the Lions.
LeBeau received his HoFame ring and had his name added to the Ford Field ring of honor.
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