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Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys 9-30-2018 Recap

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The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 26-24 loss against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018


  • First Quarter: WR Golden Tate recorded a 45-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter. K Matt Prater connected on the extra point to give Detroit a 7-3 lead.
  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater launched a 33-yard field goal with 2:50 left in the half to extend Detroit’s lead to 10-6.
  • Fourth Quarter: RB Kerryon Johnson scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard rush to cut the score to 20-17 with 14:20 to play. K Matt Prater converted the extra point.
  • Fourth Quarter: WR Golden Tate caught a 38-yard TD pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 2:17 remaining to give Detroit a 24-23 lead after K Matt Prater connected on the extra point. 


The Lions…

  • Scored 17-or-more points for the 13th-straight game, tied for the second-longest streak in team history and third-longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Recorded 95-plus rushing yards as a team for the third-straight game, their longest streak since doing so in the 2015 season.
  • Recorded 2.0-or-more sacks for the eighth-straight game dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Have 13.0 sacks through four games for the first time since 2010. The mark is tied for the third-highest total in team history through the first quarter of the season.
  • Finished with 382 total net yards and averaged 7.2 yards per play.
  • Converted six-of-11 third down attempts (55 percent).
  • Forced a three-and-out on the defense’s first possession for the second straight game.
  • Logged 85 rushing yards in the first half of the game. This marks only the third time since 2014 that the Lions have recorded 85-or-more rushing yards in the first half of a game. 
  • Had WRs Golden TateMarvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay each record 50-plus receiving yards. They are the only trio of teammates to record 50-or-more receiving yards in every game this season. 



  • Made his first career start and finished with nine carries for 55 yards (6.1 avg.) and one touchdown.
  • Scored his first career touchdown on an eight-yard rush in the fourth quarter.
  • Rushed for 35 yards on the game’s first possession and 32 on the first play from scrimmage, his longest career run. This play was the longest rush by a Lions player on the first play of a game since James Stewart had a 39-yard rush vs. the New York Jets on the first play of the game on Nov. 17, 2002. 


  • Caught a pass in his 63rd-consecutive game and finished with three receptions for 56 yards (18.7 avg.) 


  • Finished with four receptions for 20 yards and one carry for seven yards.
  • Recorded a reception in his 48th-consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NFL among running backs. 


  • Started his first game of the season and caught eight passes for 132 yards (16.5 avg.) and two touchdowns. This marked his first game with 100-or-more yards and two-or-more touchdowns.
  • Recorded his 13th 100-yard game with the Lions and 17th of his career. His 13 individual 100-yard games with the Lions are tied for the fifth-most in team history.
  • Recorded a reception in his 93rd-consecutive game.
  • Recorded three-plus receptions in his 32nd-straight game, the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, his second touchdown of the year and sixth touchdown of 45-or-more yards since joining the Lions in 2014. Added a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. This marks the first time Tate has caught multiple touchdowns of 30-or-more yards in a single game and was the sixth-multi touchdown game of his career.
  • Added 68 yards after the catch. Of His 389 receiving yards this season, 203 have been after the catch, good for 52.19 percent. 


  • Completed 24-of-30 passes (80 percent) for 307 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a 131.5 passer rating. This marks Stafford’s first game with 300-or-more passing yards and two-or-more touchdowns while maintaining an 80 percent completion percentage since doing so vs. San Diego on Dec. 24, 2011.
  • Threw a touchdown in his 13th-consecutive game, tied for the second-longest streak in his career.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2009, Stafford has thrown 25 touchdowns of 45-or-more yards and 35 touchdowns of 35-or-more yards.
  • In his 10th season, Stafford has thrown for 300-plus yards 41 times, passing Aaron Rodgers (seventh; 40) and tying Kurt Warner (41) for the sixth-most 300-yard games through a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history. 


  • Finished with three solo tackles and three pass defenses on the day.
  • Recorded three pass defenses in the first half, the third time doing so in his career (10/2/16 at CHI; 9/8/14 vs. NYG).
  • Joins Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey (9/9/18 vs. BUF) as the only players this season to produce three pass defenses in the first half of a game this season. 


  • Finished with five tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack and two tackles for loss.
  • Recorded his fourth sack of the season, the most a Lions linebacker has ever produced through the first four games of a season. 


  • Finished with 11 tackles (nine solo) and one quarterback hit.
  • His 11 tackles were a game high and the second-highest total of his career. 


  • Finished with a career-high nine total tackles (six solo) while making his second consecutive start. 


  • Recorded his first sack as a Lion in the third quarter and finished with two total tackles. 


  • Finished with three solo tackles and recorded the first sack of his career.

Opening Statement: Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job here, tonight, throughout the entire game.  We’re going to go out, we’ve got to execute better, coach better in certain situations that came up.  We’ve got to do a better job of handling, obviously, a tough environment. Give them a lot of credit.  They did a good job, tonight, with the game plan on all three sides of the ball and out-executed us all the way across the board.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.  Continually trying to play with better fundamentals, better technique.  It  would go a long way to help us, here.  We’ve got to just keep coaching it up to the best of our ability and we’ve got to keep working hard to get better. We knew we were coming down to a hostile environment. Obviously, this is a hard place to play. That’s a good team, over there and they executed a lot better than we did, tonight.

On the defensive performance against Ezekiel Elliott. 
He’s a great player.  He’s a great player in this league.  He’s dynamic, he’s explosive.  He makes a lot of people miss tackles. He’s obviously one of the better on the team, center-point of the team.  We’ve got to do a better job of taking him away.  Couldn’t get it done. They executed a lot better than we did and locked it up and ran well, and, obviously, that big play at the end.

How concerned are you that some of those issues can’t be fixed this year?
The good thing is we’re going to go to work every single day.  I’m not discouraged by any of that stuff.  We’ll improve. We’ll keep getting better.

On Kerryon Johnson starting but having only nine carries.  Why not more touches?
Again, start, not start depends on personnel groups, who’s in the game, things like that.  It doesn’t matter who’s in the game, whoever’s not in the game.

On Golden’s performance overall.
It’s great when somebody plays well.  Certainly, we’re pretty happy about that in one instance.

On T.J. Lang’s injury and the team’s reaction.
All injuries do impact the guys but the guys are trained well to refocus on the next play.  They understand that those guys are going to be in great care.  They understand that their brothers in those situations are tough and they’re working through it and you’ve got to just refocus on the next play and just go out and do your job.

QB Matthew Stafford
On the game: “It’s a tough one to lose. Back and forth, both teams battled extremely hard. They just made a couple more plays than we did. I’ve got to get out to a faster start, maybe snatch the lead a little bit earlier in the game and go from there. I’m proud of the way our guys fought. I’m proud of the way we played. We just have to clean some things up. We hurt ourselves with penalties today. We have to find a way to score points.”

On the last drive of the game: “I would much rather be the guy with the ball last. But I think all of players on defense are probably sitting out there going ‘I want to be out there to make the stop’. That’s just what we do. That’s what we prepare for, what we work for: to have the opportunities to make those plays to help the outcome of the game.”

On their last possession: “I’ve been a part of some crazy ones. As far as time goes and the situation, we had plenty. We were still just playing ball. We made some big plays on that drive there at the end. It helped us score quickly. Dallas did a nice job of answering.”

“We played hard, no doubt. I don’t think you ever have to question that. I think that Dallas did a great job out there as well.”

“It’s a long season. We’re just now through the first quarter. As far as I’m concerned, we’re still right there in the mix as far as our division. We’ve just got to come back home this week against a divisional opponent and handle business. We’ve got to play good football. You know, it hurts right now. But we did a lot of good things on film for sure…if you give us between 2 and 5 plays back and that game is completely different. They had some good bounces, specifically that fumble, and they came back and capitalized on that.”

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