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DETROIT LIONS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS RECAP WEEK 13 2018

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 30-16 loss against the Los Angeles Rams at Ford Field on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal with 12:24 left in the quarter to tie the game at 3-3.
  • Third Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 29-yard field goal to cut the score to 13-6 with 7:56 left remaining in the frame.
  • Third Quarter: T Taylor Decker caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford with 3:02 left in the quarter. K Matt Prater connected on the extra point to cut the Rams’ lead to 16-13.
  • Fourth Quarter: K Matt Prater kicked his third field goal of the game to cut the score to 23-16 with 2:54 on the clock.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

  • Recorded 2.0 sacks on the day, their 11th-straight home game with at least 2.0 sacks. This extends their already NFL-lead and ties the franchise record.
  • Recorded at least 14 points for the 30th-straight home game, the second-longest active streak in the NFL and longest streak in team history.
  • Forced two turnovers. This marked only the fourth time the Rams have committed two turnovers in a game this season and ties the most they’ve committed in a game this year.
  • Held Rams QB Jared Goff to a passer rating of 68.6, his second-lowest of the season (his lowest was a 58.8 rating at Denver on October 14). Goff had entered the game with a passer rating of 110.0-or-higher in each of his last five games. The passer rating was Goff’s second-worst over his last 23 games.
  • Held Los Angeles to a pass completion percentage of 51.5, their second-lowest of the season. Since Week 1 of the 2017 season, the Rams have only had two games with a lower completion percentage. This marks the lowest pass completion percentage the Lions have held a team to since limiting the Jets to a 51.5 completion percentage on Sept. 28, 2014.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
T TAYLOR DECK
ER

Caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Became the second-ever Lions offensive lineman, and first since Scott Conover in 1994, to record a touchdown. His 11 receiving yards topped Matt Murphy (eight in 2002) for the most by an offensive lineman in Lions history, and it marked the longest reception in the NFL by an offensive lineman since the 2016 season.

DB QUANDRE DIGGS

Finished with six tackles (five solo), one interception, two pass defenses and one special teams tackle.
Recorded his second interception of the season and his first since the first play of the season in Week 1. He now owns five career interceptions and is tied for the team-lead with two this season.

WR BRUCE ELLINGTON

Finished with a game-high seven receptions for 35 yards. His seven receptions are a career high.
Becomes the first Lions player to record at least six receptions in each of his first three games with the team.
Has logged 19 receptions through three games with the club, the most combined receptions a Lions player has ever recorded in his first three games with the team. The previous record for the most receptions through a player’s first three games with the Lions was 18, shared by Marvin Jones Jr. (2016) and Shaun McDonald (2007).
Attempted his first career pass. He becomes the first Lions wide receiver to attempt a pass since Roy Williams did so vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 26, 2004.

CB MIKE FORD

Finished with a career-high six solo tackles and logged his second-straight game with at least six total tackles.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY

Caught three passes for 50 yards (16.7 avg.).
Registered his ninth game this season with 50-or-more receiving yards.

DT DAMON HARRISON

Had a team-high seven tackles (three solo), 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Recorded sack number 3.5 on the season, establishing a single-season career high. He forced his fourth career fumble on the play and recovered it for his first-ever recovery.
Has recorded sacks in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Has logged six-or-more tackles in four of his first six games with the team.

K MATT PRATER

Finished 3-of-3 on field goals and added one extra point to produce 10 points on the day.
Recorded his 35th career game with three-or-more field goals converted, his 18th such game since joining the Lions in 2014.
Now has 92 points scored through 12 games, the ninth-most through 12 games of a season in Lions’ history.
Logged his 18th game with 10-or-more points since joining the Lions in 2014, tied for the eighth-most in the NFL over that span. Since the 2008 season, Prater has 47 games with 10-or-more points scored, the third-most in the League in that span.

RB THEO RIDDICK

Finished with a season-high 32 rushing yards on eight carries (4.0 avg.). Added three receptions for 26 yards to produce 58 yards from scrimmage.
Recorded his ninth-consecutive game played with 20-or-more receiving yards, the longest active streak among running backs.
Recorded 50-plus receptions for the fourth consecutive season, the only active running back to do so.
Rushed for a season-long 11-yard gain.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

Finished 20-of-33 passing for 245 yards, one passing touchdown and a passer rating of 81.0.

TE LEVINE TOILOLO

Set a career high with 90 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA
Opening Statement: “So, obviously that’s a really good team over there, the Rams. Very good offense, defense, special teams. I think our team played hard, I think they played tough. I think they came out and understood we had a big challenge in front of us, and I think they tried to do everything they could to put us in a position to win. I think we have some guys out there that are really fighting hard. I know they’re pushing through a lot of things and they’re tough and they’re out there trying to go compete. So, I’m proud of those guys for that. It’s not easy in this league, it is what is. There are a lot of good teams in this league and we’ve faced a lot of them here lately. So, we have to find a way to win. That’s the biggest thing. We’re in the game and we just have to keep grinding it out, and in the end we have to try to figure out how to get that scoreboard to reflect that we’re winning. So, there were a lot of things that came up in this game. I think a lot of situational football. There were things that we had, obviously by design, that we’re trying to do to give us a little bit of an advantage in the game. You have to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent that you’re playing and understand how good they are in certain situations, and use some of the percentages there based on the team that you’re playing to see if you have situations where you can get the ball back, you can’t get the ball back, what’s the time, how much play time comes off per play, what’s the situation for us to be able to get an extra possession or not. So, a lot of stuff in that game. I’m sure there are probably a lot of questions about all of it, but for me, there was a lot of it that we were really trying to grind through to make sure that we were (making) all the decisions possible to give ourselves a chance to win the game. And that’s really what we did. Like I said, give the Rams credit. That’s a really good team over there. They’re very explosive, very dynamic, and I think we tried to be in it all the way through it. Obviously, we didn’t get it done in the end.”

LIONS T TAYLOR DECKER

On if it means anything that they were right there with a team as good as the Rams: “I mean, you know for the guys in this locker room, you see that we went out there and we fought the whole time, we fought until the end. You know, I’m not going to call it a moral victory but I think it’s a good show of our character, you know that we’re not going to quit. You’ve got one of the best teams in the NFL coming into your house, trying to clinch their division and we’re not going to back down. We’re not going to back down from any of their players or anything.”

LIONS DB QUANDRE DIGGS
On if he was satisfied with how the defense played today against the Rams: “We lost, man. We gave up 30 points. It is what is, we gave up 30 points. We didn’t win, we didn’t hold them to our goals, we have to be in better position.”

LIONS C/G GRAHAM GLASGOW

On being tired of losing: “I’m extremely tired, but we work really hard. We work hard every single week and only have to just continue to work. That is probably the toughest part of it, you cannot linger on the loss. You need to go back into work tomorrow and work even harder than you did the week before. That is the hardest part of probably having strings of losses, is that you just need to keep going and keep pushing on. That is just something that I think we are starting to do here pretty well. We just need to get back after it.”

LIONS DT RICKY JEAN FRANCOIS

On if the guys in this locker room are tired of losing: “I can’t speak for them, I can’t speak for none of the guys in the locker room. I know I’m tired, I’m done with that (expletive). That is unfamiliar to me, losing all the time. At some point, we have to have a breaking point. Tonight, we have to go home and look at ourselves in the mirror and check ourselves. Are we doing enough to win? Are we helping this team to win, and are we helping ourselves and our team to put us in a position to start putting wins up? Last few games we were playing playoff caliber teams. It’s not going to get easier. We just played probably one of the teams that’s going to be in for the NFC Championship, or probably further. We have to learn how to start playing at these levels. We have to learn how to start playing playoff teams. We have to learn how to execute and learn how to close. When we learn how to close, when we learn how to do that, we’re just going to keep having this conversation.”

LIONS P SAM MARTIN

On if the turf is the same on the field and at the training facility: “Yeah, I mean obviously the bounce didn’t help, that ball typically rolls out. It kind of got stuck, but it’s realistically my angle should have been better and I shouldn’t rely on the bounce. I did mishit, and I could have made up for it with a better bounce, but you can’t rely on the bounce. I got to hit that, I got to hit that. That ball’s got to land at nine or 10 (yard line), not seven or six, whatever it did, and I’m trying to drop that between eight and 10 and it’s supposed to roll out. So, at seven yards it has to roll out and it just didn’t.”

LIONS DE ROMEO OKWARA

On how disappointing it is to lose another close game: “It’s really disappointing. We want to do better than that, so it’s really disappointing. “

LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
On how frustrating it is to be so close against a good team and still lose: “Yeah, I thought our defense played really well. Obviously made some big plays, did a great job of keeping the score down. You know, we had some chances there on offense, obviously I turned the ball over on that fumble, that was a crucial play in the game. I got to find a way to make sure I come away with that one. I got to hold it tighter and get down. But I was proud of our guys’ fight, man. It’s a good football team we just played and really we were in great position there towards the end.”

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