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DETROIT LIONS AT BUFFALO BILLS RECAP WEEK 15 2018

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 14-13 loss against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

Second Quarter: WR Andy Jones caught a four-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive and give Detroit a 6-0 lead. The point-after attempt was no good.
Second Quarter: RB Zach Zenner rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play, 77-yard drive. K Matt Prater converted the extra point to give Detroit a 13-7 lead.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

Had multiple touchdown drives of nine-or-more plays and 75-or-more yards for the second time this season (Week 8 vs. SEA).
Have logged 38.0 sacks through Week 15 of a single season for the first time since producing 39.0 sacks through Week 15 of the 2014 season.
Registered 100-plus rushing yards for the fourth-straight game, their longest streak since pulling off five-straight games with 100-plus rushing yards in the 2015 season.
Did not surrender a sack on the day for the second time this season. This is the first time since 2014 that the Lions have multiple games in a season without allowing a sack.
Held Buffalo to 3-of-12 (25 percent) on third down attempts.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

LB JARRAD DAVIS

Produced nine tackles (six solo) and one tackle for loss.
Totaled seven tackles in the first quarter. This is the most tackles a Lions player has had in the first quarter of a game since Ernie Sims had eight in the 2006 season. The mark is also the second-highest first quarter total by a player in Lions history and the second-highest total by any player in the NFL this season.
Became one of three players in team history to finish a season with 85-plus tackles and 5.0-plus sacks. He is the first-ever Lions players to reach those numbers by Week 15 of a single season.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY

Totaled seven receptions for a career-high 146 yards (20.9 avg.).
Reached 1,005 receiving yards on the season, his first career season with 1,000-or-more yards. He becomes the fourth Lions player to have a 1,000-yard season with QB Matthew Stafford, joining Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr.
Finished the first half with four receptions for 115 yards. This marked a single game career-high and the most yards by a Lions player in the first half of a game since Calvin Johnson recorded 131 yards on September 8, 2014 vs. NYG.
Logged his third 100-yard game of the season.
Finished with 22 receptions for 350 yards and one touchdown in games against the AFC East this season.

DT DAMON HARRISON SR.

Notched six tackles (five solo).
Recorded his seventh game with six-or-more tackles, the most by any DT in the NFL and the most he’s ever produced in a season.

WR ANDY JONES

Finished with two receptions for nine yards.
Caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, his first career score.

LB CHRISTIAN JONES

Notched a season-high nine tackles (five solo).

LB DEVON KENNARD

Finished with four tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.
Recorded sack No. 7.0 on the season, a team and career-high.
Became the first linebacker in team history to reach 7.0-or-more sacks through Week 15 of a single season since Mike Cofer did so in the 1990 season.

RB THEO RIDDICK

Recorded eight carries for 47 yards (5.9 avg.) and added two receptions for nine yards.
His 47 rushing yards are a season-high and the most he’s had since he rushed for 49 yards vs. Chicago on Dec. 16, 2017.

DT A’SHAWN ROBINSON

Finished with three tackles (two solo) and one forced fumble, the second of his career.
Forced a fumble in the third quarter on fourth down, preventing the Bills from converting.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

Finished 22-of-29 passing for 208 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 106.7.
Logged his sixth game of the season with a passer rating of 100.0-or-higher. This marked his 47th career game with a passer rating of 100.0-or-higher, the ninth-most since entering the NFL in 2009.
Started the game 5-of-5 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Eclipsed 38,000 career passing yards in his 139th career game, the fewest games to reach the mark in NFL history. Matt Ryan eclipsed the mark in the next-fewest games, needing 143 games to do so.
Recorded his 235th career touchdown pass, tying Drew Brees for the fifth-most touchdown passes through a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history.

RB ZACH ZENNER

Had 10 carries for 45 yards (4.5 avg.) and one touchdown.
Rushed for touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 16-17 of the 2016 season.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA –  “So, obviously not excited here about the outcome, but just in general we have to do a better job. It starts with me. A better job coaching, a better job going out and making sure we’re ready to go in some situations. We have to do a better job playing. It starts with me. We’re going to go out and try to get better. It was a tight game, we knew it was going to be a tight game. A play here or there can really turn the game and that’s what it is in the NFL. So, we just have to go back to work and keep pushing forward and try to get better and try to improve. (It was) not very good on my end and we’re going to go out and keep playing.”

LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD – On his frustration in not being able to come back at the end of the fourth quarter: “Yeah, it’s frustrating. We had our chances, had our opportunities, just didn’t make enough plays today as a team. Offense for sure had a chance there late. You never know if you’re going to get the ball back, (you) can’t bank on it. So, (we) have to go out there and try to score, especially in that situation. We just weren’t able to do it.”

LIONS WR ANDY JONES 

Q: This loss officially eliminates you guys from playoff contention, but just as a young guy trying to make a name for yourself what can you do over these last two weeks?
A: I’ve been saying since day one, being a football player you always want to get better. No matter what the situation is, you look at it there’s things I have to fix things we have to look at on film and get better at. That’s the mindset for me, for this team, that’s how were coached and taught to be so that’s what I’m going to do.

LIONS LS DON MUHLBACH
Q: How do you feel after this game?
A: Awful, I didn’t do my job right. I let everybody down, it sucks.

LIONS S GLOVER QUIN
Q: I hate to bring this one up but with the loss you guys are eliminated from the playoffs. How do you guys approach these last two games of the season?
A: We still have something to play for. As a professional football player we’re trying to go out and we’re trying to win. We have a home game next weekend so we owe it to our fans to get the win. It’s against a divisional opponent that we play twice a year so we’re going to see those same guys next year. It will be good to get a win. The last game of the season is Green Bay, obviously we want to go out on a good note and take that momentum over into the off season. We just have to focus on up and go out and get a win.

LIONS K MATT PRATER
Q: Can you walk us through the missed field goal?
A: Field goal fourth quarter. A little bit longer of a kick, cold and windy, I just didn’t hit it. I didn’t hit it where I wanted to hit it. I don’t have an excuse, I let everybody down, including myself. I expect to make those kicks, and I have in the past, so it’s frustrating anytime you don’t come through when you have a big opportunity for your team. It’s frustrating for sure, and I expect to make that kick and hopefully I get another shot at it.

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