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DETROIT LIONS vs MINNESOTA VIKINGS WEEK 16 2018 RECAP

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DETROIT LIONS vs MINNESOTA VIKINGS WEEK 16 2018 RECAP

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 27-9 loss against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

First Quarter: K Matt Prater converted a 47-yard field goal to give the Lions a 3-0 lead with 7:30 left in the quarter.
Second Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 35-yard field goal to extend Detroit’s lead to 6-0 with 10:39 remaining in the quarter.
Second Quarter: K Matt Prater converted a 48-yard field goal to push Detroit’s lead to 9-0 with 4:05 remaining in the quarter.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

Produced 2.0 sacks in their 12th-straight home game, extending their NFL-leading streak and setting the all-time franchise record.
Rushed for 85-plus yards for the sixth-straight game, their longest streak since also doing so in six-straight games during the 2015 season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

LB JARRAD DAVIS

Produced five tackles (three solo). This marks his 12th game with at least five tackles this season.
Reached 93 tackles on the season, marking his second-straight season with at least 90 tackles.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY

Finished with six receptions for 58 yards (9.7 avg.)
Finished the 2018 home slate with 588 receiving yards, the most receiving yards in home games during a single season since Calvin Johnson produced 698 yards in home games during the 2015 season.
Produced his 11th game this season with 50-or-more receiving yards.

DT DAMON HARRISON SR.

Posted five tackles (three solo) to push his season total to 79 tackles, marking the second-most tackles he has ever posted in a single season.

WR TJ JONES

Finished with a career-high six receptions for a season-high 42 yards.

CB NEVIN LAWSON

Recorded three tackles (two solo), 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss and one quarterback hit.
Produced his first career sack and the first sack by a Lions cornerback this season. This marks the first full sack by a Lions cornerback since Darius Slay had 1.0 at Chicago on Oct. 2, 2016.
Tallied a career-high two tackles for loss.

DE ROMEO OKWARA

Registered 1.0 sack on the day to reach 7.5 sacks on the season.
Now leads the team with a career-high 7.5 sacks and has produced at least 0.5 sacks in seven different games this season.

K MATT PRATER

Finished 3-for-3 on field goal attempts to produce nine points.
Tallied his 107th point of the season.
Reached 100 points for the fourth-straight season. This marked his eighth career 100-point season.
Joined Jason Hanson (12) and Eddie Murray (four) as the only Lions to have at least four seasons with 100-plus points.
This marks Prater’s fifth game this season with three-or-more field goals made. Since joining the Lions in 2014, Prater has produced 19 games with three-or-more field goals made.
Raised his field goal conversion percentage to 87.1 on the season, his best since the 2015 season.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD

Finished 18-of-32 for 116 yards.
Reached 3,500 passing yards on the season, his eighth consecutive season hitting the mark. He joins Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to post 3,500-or-more passing yards in eight consecutive seasons.

RB ZACH ZENNER

Finished with eight carries for 45 yards (5.6 avg.) and added two receptions for 22 yards to produce 67 yards from scrimmage.
Recorded a career-long 29-yard rush in the first quarter.
Has produced 45-or-more rushing yards in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA
“Obviously, not a very good game there for us to finish up the game that way. I thought we came out fast, tried to start fast in the game. Played well early, didn’t necessarily convert some drives at the start of the game into some touchdowns, but got some points on the board quick, which was good. Defensively, I thought we played well to start the game and then obviously gave up a bad drive there where they went down and scored, and then the touchdown before the half, which was not good at all. So, (we) lost a little bit of momentum there. (In the) second half, thought we were just going to battle back and come out and play, and (we) just weren’t able to get it turned around. I think our guys fought hard, I think they played tough, as always. They’re a tough crew, they do a great job of trying to prepare every single week to go win, we just have to keep pushing to find a way to do that and working as a group to get better. I give Minnesota a lot of credit. They played well, they stayed the course and were able to kind of turn the game into their favor and make some big plays. It’s not an easy game. (It was) a hard one for us. We all have to do better, starting with me, and we just have to keep pushing forward.”

LIONS LB JARRAD DAVIS
On if the Vikings’ Hail Mary pass took the air out of the team: “Not really. You don’t want plays like that, but at the same time, you have to come out for the team and play.”

LIONS DB QUANDRE DIGGS

On what gives him belief that Head Coach Matt Patricia is the right coach for the Lions: “Because he’s been a winner his whole career. At the end of the day, we’re going to get things right and we’re going to play hard. You all know I don’t like dumb questions, don’t even bring those questions to me.”

LIONS CB MIKE FORD
On Lions strategy after giving up the Hail Mary to end the first half “We came in at halftime, and you know we were just focusing on coming back out and firing back. We knew defense would be back up, you know, they were getting the ball and we just have to come back out and try and get a three-and-out.”

LIONS DT RICKY JEAN FRANCOIS

On if he thinks enough players in the locker room bought in this season: “That’s the million dollar question and we need an answer. I wish I knew. If I knew, I could give you an answer better, but I don’t know. It’s not even just buying into what’s going on, it’s buying into the preparation, buying into the process, buying into the stuff that they make us go through every week. I would just, excuse my French, just be damned if I go to work every week, preparing myself, look at film, live inside the training facility, do everything that this coach asked me to do to come out here and keep explaining this. Like, it bothers me. If it doesn’t bother you then you don’t love football. It bothers me, it just bothers me to know that you have to go a week of practice, the game-plan is in and just execute it. Be the bigger man. Know the dude across (from you) is going to know what you’re about to do and just beat him. I don’t care if you know what I’m doing, just beat him. But I just feel like we didn’t want it enough. We didn’t want that bad enough. Like other teams when we played and brought it down to the edge, they wanted it because they fought with details. They picked up certain things about us, they game-planned for us, and we didn’t do certain things that we needed to do. We just have to be better as a team and even next year, it’s not going to get any easier. We’re going to keep playing playoff teams, now you have to figure out how to beat playoff teams. Don’t even look at the season, just look at playoff teams, that’s it.”

LIONS CB NEVIN LAWSON

On how the hail-mary touchdown pass at end of the first half changed the momentum: “It sucked, that’s a play we never want to give up, but kudos to them, they executed and we didn’t.”

LIONS QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
On what went wrong today: “Just didn’t execute well enough. Had some chances, you know, got down in the red zone there the one time and didn’t execute. I can give Kenny (Golladay) probably a better ball than that on that one down the sideline there, but you know, got into field goal range a few times and had some negative plays. We had a screen that went for minus, a couple runs that went for minus and against that defense, it’s tough, so (we’ve) got to stay ahead of the chains. We weren’t able to do it and if you get third and long against those guys, it’s tough.”

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