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WEEK 2: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 
The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 30-27 loss against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

  • First Quarter: WR Kenny Golladay caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter. K Matt Prater converted the point after attempt.
  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 42-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half to cut the score to 13-10.
  • Third Quarter: K Matt Prater kicked a 43-yard field goal with 8:46 remaining in the third quarter to cut the lead to 20-13.
  • Fourth Quarter: WR Marvin Jones Jr. caught a five-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 8:36 remaining. The drive capped a five-play, 80-yard drive and K Matt Prater converted the extra point.
  • Fourth Quarter: TE Michael Roberts caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 3:27 remaining to cut the score to 30-27. The drive capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive and K Matt Prater converted the extra point.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

  • Produced 427 yards of total offense and converted 7-of-16 third downs for a 44 percent conversion rate.
  • Notched eight tackles for loss and eight quarterback hits.
  • Had linebackers record sacks on consecutive plays in the first quarter (Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard).
  • Had four different linebackers produce 1.0 sacks in the first half (Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, Eli Harold). This marks the first time the Lions have ever had four different linebackers produce 1.0 sacks in one half of a game. The last time the Lions had four different linebackers each produce 1.0 sacks in a game was on Oct. 11, 1987 at Green Bay.
  • Had 6.0 combined sacks from linebackers (Devon Kennard – 2.0; Jarrad Davis – 2.0; Christian Jones – 1.0; Eli Harold – 1.0).
  • Five different Lions have recorded 1.0-or-more sacks in the first two weeks of the season for the first time since 2012. 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

LB JARRAD DAVIS

  • Recorded his first career 2.0-sack game and tied for the team-lead with six tackles.
  • Added two tackles for loss, which tied a game high.
  • Davis now has 5.0 sacks through his first two seasons, becoming the first Lions linebacker to do so since Tracy Scroggins did so in his first two seasons between 1992-93.

LB DEVON KENNARD

  • Finished with four total tackles, 2.0 sacks and two tackles for loss.
  • Notched a sack for the second-straight game. He became the first Lions linebacker to record sacks in consecutive games since Stephen Tulloch did so in Weeks 2-3 of the 2014 season and became the first Lions linebacker to record sacks in each of the first two games of the season since Jimmy Williams did so to open up the 1985 season.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY

  • Finished with six receptions for 89 yards (14.8 avg.) and added one touchdown.
  • Has recorded 80-or-more receiving yards in three consecutive games for the first time in his career (includes Week 17 of the 2017 season).
  • Caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. This marks Golladay’s first touchdown of the season and fourth of his career. Since entering the NFL in 2017, Golladay has caught three touchdowns of 30-or-more yards, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL in that span.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

  • Finished 34-of-53 passing for 347 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 101.7 passer rating.
  • Threw a touchdown in his 11th-straight game, his third-longest streak.
  • Notched his 18th career game with 300-or-more passing yards, three-or-more touchdowns and zero interceptions, the seventh-most since entering the NFL in 2009.

RB THEO RIDDICK

  • Caught a pass in his 46th-straight game, the longest active streak among NFL running backs.
  • Notched his 27th career game with five-or-more receptions, the fifth-most of active running backs. Since entering the NFL in 2013, that total is the second-most.
  • Caught nine passes, the second-most in his career, for 47 yards and now has 14 receptions through the first two games of the season.
  • Became only the second Lions running back (Jahvid Best – 2010) to produce 14-or-more receptions throgh the first two games of a season. 

WR GOLDEN TATE

  • Logged seven receptions for a game-high 109 yards (15.6 avg). This marks his 29th career game with seven-or-more catches for Detroit, the third-most in team history. Since joining the Lions in 2014, his 29 games with seven-or-more receptions are tied for the third-most in the League in that span.
  • Caught seven passes for the second consecutive game and added his first 100-yard game of the season.
  • Recorded a reception in his 91st consecutive game and notched three-or-more receptions in his 30th consecutive games, the fifth-longest active streak in the NFL.

CB JAMAL AGNEW

  • Notched his first career pass defense and added a career-long 45-yard kick return.
  • Set a career-high with 144 kick return yards on four kick returns (28.6 avg.) and had a career-high 155 all-purpose yards (added 11 punt return yards).

WR MARVIN JONES JR.

  • Registered four receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown, his first of the season.
  • Finished with 50-or-more yards for the ninth-straight game, the third-longest active streak in the NFL.

TE MICHAEL ROBERTS

  • Caught one pass for a 15-yard touchdown, the first score of his career.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA
“Obviously we didn’t play very well here tonight. We have to do a lot better than what we did. Too many penalties. Too many mistakes. Too many plays that obviously cost us the game. We had a game-changing play in there that got called back. We gave up too many in the run game there defensively. Obviously, there was a turnover there on offense that gave up points on that. We tried to execute the two-minute drives accordingly before the half and at the end of the game so there were some positives with that. Again, it’s just not good enough. It’s really just us not playing well enough, the way we need to play. I give them credit. They did a great job on all three phases and took control of the game. We just couldn’t get it back.”

LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
Was that a tough one? You’ve been in a lot of those situations late in games and you’ve been able to come back and pull those through. Just didn’t happen for you guys tonight. How disappointing was that, because you’ve been able to do that a lot in your career.
“Yeah, it’s tough. That’s my job. Running out their confidence can be, you know, we’re going to go down there and at least get three, probably seven in my head. The guys that we have on this team, the way we fight when we’re out of it, I can appreciate that. We’ve just got to make a few more plays. Whether it be earlier in the game, I’ve got to be smarter with the football. Obviously, I can’t fumble that ball. I’ve just got to throw it out of bounds. That’d give us three. Maybe the game’s tied at that point. Who knows? There are a million plays throughout the game we can clean up and be better, and it starts with me being as good as I can be.”

What do you attribute the general sloppiness to? You know, ten penalties today and five turnovers in the first two weeks here. 
“Yeah, I’ll take this game by itself. I’m sure the turnovers are mine. I’ve just got to throw the ball away. Probably, just trying to make a little too much happen and then, the penalties we’ve just got to, we’re going to go look at all of them and see where we can be better. I’m sure every phase had their fair share of them, some bigger than others, but they all count. And, we’ve just got to do a better job playing by the rules and playing ourselves.”

What positive do you take out of it? I know obviously, it’s another wash, you guys are 0-2, but when you’re able to come back and be this close against the San Francisco 49ers, what do you take away from it?
“Yeah, just there were some positive plays. We’ve got to go look at the film, but continue to build on those positive plays while we clean up the ones that are really hurting us. I don’t take any good stuff from the score. Obviously, it’s a loss so that hurts us. But, just go back and look at the tape and understand that we’ve got guys on our team that can make plays all over the field. We’ve just got to continue to clean things up.”

How draining was this week, you know, with all just the talk, all the noise about what was going on in a short week and everything, and how do you like the way that you responded and collectively as a team?
“Honestly, in our locker room man it wasn’t draining. We don’t pay attention to it. We just, we go to work. And, we knew we had a big challenge in front of us, because of the short week, and a West Coast trip, and all of the above. Obviously, we didn’t do quite a good enough job to get it done, but I was proud of the way the guys prepared for this game, the way we fought in this game. We’ve got to figure out what we can do better, you know, get back to Detroit and we’ve got a big one coming up this week.”

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