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DETROIT LIONS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS RECAP WEEK 14 2018

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 17-3 win against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater converted a 47-yard field goal to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.
  • Third Quarter: CB Darius Slay raced back a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown and K Matt Prater made the extra point to push the lead to 10-0.
  • Fourth Quarter: RB Zach Zenner rushed for a one-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-3. K Matt Prater converted the point-after attempt.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

  • Held the Cardinals to three points, their fewest in a home game since producing three points vs. San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2012.
  • Held a team to three points or fewer for the first time since doing so at Minnesota on Oct. 12, 2014. This marks the team’s third road game allowing three points or fewer since the 1997 season.
  • Logged 100-plus rushing yards for the third consecutive game for the first time since rattling off five-straight 100-yard games in the 2015 season.
  • Recorded their first win at Arizona since Dec. 12, 1993.
  • Have recorded 37.0 sacks through the Week 14 of a season for the first time since the 1999 season.
  • Recorded at least one sack for the 17th-straight game dating back to last season.
  • Recorded their second pick-six of the season. They join the Bears as the only teams with multiple interception returns of 35-plus yards this season.
  • Produced their fourth game with 65-or-fewer rushing yards allowed this season, tied for the second-most in the League.
  • Finished with six tackles for loss and five pass defenses. 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

RB LeGARRETTE BLOUNT

  • Finished with 33 rushing yards and 18 receiving yards to produce 51 yards from scrimmage. This marks Blount’s third-straight game with at least 50 yards from scrimmage.
  • Recorded three carries for 26 yards on the opening drive.
  • Notched 47 yards from scrimmage in the first quarter.

CB MARCUS COOPER SR.

  • Finished with one solo tackle and one forced fumble.
  • Caused a forced fumble in the second quarter, his first forced fumble since the 2013 season. This marks his second-career forced fumble.

LB JARRAD DAVIS

  • Finished with eight tackles (seven solo), 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and one pass defense.
  • Notched 1.0 sack on the day to reach 5.0 on the season. He and Devon Kennard become the first set of Lions linebackers to each record 5.0+ sacks in a season since Michael Cofer and Chris Spielman did so in the 1989 season.
  • Recorded his fourth game with six tackles and 1.0 sack.
  • Joins Broderick Thomas (1994) as the only players in franchise history to record 75+ tackles & 5.0+ sacks through Week 14 of a single season.

WR BRUCE ELLINGTON

  • Finished with four receptions for 17 yards.
  • Has recorded at least four receptions in his first four games with the team.
  • Established a career-high with 31 receptions on the season (including previous 2018 stats with the Houston Texans).

P SAM MARTIN

  • Logged seven punts for 317 yards (45.3 avg., 41.6 net) and four punts inside of the 20-yard line.
  • His four punts inside of the 20-yard line are the second-most he’s had in his career.
  • His 291 net punting yards are the third-most he’s produced and most since having 305 net yards at Seattle on Oct. 5, 2015.

DE ROMEO OKWARA

  • Registered three tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, three quarterback hits and one tackle for loss.
  • Produced 1.0 sack to reach 6.5 sacks on the season, which is a team-high.
  • His three quarterback hits match a career high. 

K MATT PRATER

  • Reached 537 points in his Lions career, passing Doak Walker (534) for the fifth-most points scored in franchise history.
  • Now has 97 points scored this season
  • Has now converted each of his last 26 kicks, making 14-straight field goals and 12-straight extra points in that span. His last miss was a field goal attempt vs. Green Bay on October 7. 

DT A’SHAWN ROBINSON

  • Tallied eight tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits.
  • His eight tackles match a career high and he notched his first full sack since the 2016 season. 

CB DARIUS SLAY

  • Finished with three tackles (two solo), three pass defenses and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.
  • Recorded a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown, his first-career score. It marked the longest pick-six by a Lions player since James Ihedigbo had a 70-yard return in the 2014 season.
  • Recorded his 11th game with three-or-more pass defenses since the 2014 season, the most in the NFL.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2013, Slay has a League-leading 86 pass defenses.
  • Over the past two seasons, Slay has 11 interceptions, tied for the League-lead by a cornerback.
  • Registered his 17th career interception to move into sixth in franchise history for most career interceptions. 

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

  • Finished 15-of-23 passing (65.2 percent) for 101 yards.
     

RB ZACH ZENNER

  • Recorded 12 carries for 54 yards (4.5 avg.) and one touchdown.
  • Rushed for his first touchdown of the season and sixth of his career. 

Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia
Opening statement:

“Obviously, we’re excited about getting the win, and we knew it was going to be a long trip for us, a hard game to come out and play. We knew they were coming off a big win last week, so we knew they were going to be ready to go. Proud of our guys for playing hard, playing tough and battling through some adversity there and just kind of staying focused on the game. Because that’s all that really matters is making sure we do a good job down-in, down-out and just finding a way to win. That’s the bottom line. This is a hard league; it’s a hard game. There are great teams on both sides of the ball every single week, and we’ve just got to find a way to win. So, that was certainly good to see. It was good to see our guys battle through all of that and just come out with a ‘W.’”
 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford

On snapping the two-game losing streak:
“It’s great. Anytime you go on the road and get a win it’s big. These guys were hot coming out of Green Bay with a big win, so we knew it was going to be tough there for a while. Obviously, we had some guys step up and make just enough plays to help us win.”

Lions C/G Graham Glasgow

On if the Lions did just enough to win:
I think that’s a pretty good way to describe the game. I think overall on offense, there were a lot of ups and downs, a lot of good plays, some bad plays. I think there were some stuff that they did that made our run game a little bit iffy there in the second and third quarters, but I think our coaches did a good job to adjusting to what they were giving us and putting us in position for the good drive we had at the end of the game.”

Lions CB Nevin Lawson

On the field conditions:
“The field was awful. I don’t understand how we got an indoor (stadium) and the field is terrible. The field was awful. It’s not an every play thing, we just had to adjust to it by getting longer (cleat) studs. We just had to adjust and wear our 7 studs, our longer studs.”

“I had mine on from the beginning. I don’t know what everybody else changed it, but a majority of the guys went out there with 7 studs because we were prepared for it. It was an awful field. We just had to adjust, play through it, keep our feet up under us and just keep playing.

Lions CB Darius Slay

On his interception returned for a touchdown:
“I baited it. I knew it was coming. I knew it before the play even happened. The only thing I was concerned about was if I was going to score with it. I knew it was coming, and I just made a play on it. It felt freaking awesome. I loved it. I work hard. I appreciate the lord blessing me with speed to get to that end zone, and I finally got there. Thank you, lord.”

Lions RB Zach Zenner

On the running game accounting for most of their total offense today:
“We have that mentality every game. We want to be difference makers in the offense and that really came out today. I think also to a lot of those yards, the run game is everyone, it’s easy to look at the running back. But the running game takes everyone, the O-line, the receivers, even the quarterback making the right tags for us. It’s really such a team aspect of the game. It really is an offensive effort.”

Lions DT Ricky Jean Francois

On the recent improvement on defense:
“Just sitting out there and communicating with one another, talking about it, getting it straightened out. The coaches are trusting us a little bit more to allow us to talk to one another and not them tell us. Jarrad (Davis) talks to everybody in the locker room. Damon (Harrison Sr.) and A’Shawn (Robinson) telling us what they see up front. Everybody is communicating with each other so it doesn’t look like it’s different. Just doing that the whole week, so when it’s time to play the game we don’t have to say too much because we watched film together so much, and over-communicated so much with each other.”

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