DETROIT LIONS WEEK 13: THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 2019 RECAP
The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 24-20 loss to the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.
LIONS SCORING PLAYS
– First Quarter: QB David Blough threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to WR Kenny Golladay with 11:01 left in the quarter to tie the game at 7-7. K Matt Prater made the extra point.
– First Quarter: QB David Blough threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones Jr. with 4:12 left in the quarter to give Detroit a 14-7 lead. K Matt Prater made the extra point.
– Second Quarter: K Matt Prater made a 25-yard field goal with 3:10 left in the half to give Detroit a 17-7 lead.
– Fourth Quarter: K Matt Prater made a 24-yard field goal with 10:47 left to give Detroit a 20-17 lead.
– Have two players (WRs Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.) with nine touchdown receptions through 12 games for the first time in franchise history.
– Have two quarterbacks with 50-plus yard touchdown passes in the same season for the first time since 2010.
– Have three quarterbacks with 45-plus yard touchdown passes in the same season for the first time since 2008.
– Have now topped 100 rushing yards in three-straight weeks.
QB DAVID BLOUGH
– Finished 22-of-38 (57.9%) for 280 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and an 87.6 passer rating.
– Threw for the most passing yards (280) a Lions player has ever had in his NFL debut.
– Accounted for the highest passer rating (87.6) a Lions quarterback has had in his NFL debut.
– Tied QBs Todd Hons (1987) and Greg Landry (1968) for the most passing touchdowns (two) a Lions player has had in his NFL debut.
– His 280 passing yards are the second-most an undrafted rookie quarterback has thrown in his first-career start. The only undrafted rookie quarterback with more was Redskins QB Ed Rubbert, who threw for 334 yards on Oct. 4, 1987 (this was when the NFL strike led to the League having replacement players).
– Became the first quarterback in 25 years to throw for a touchdown pass of 75-or-more yards within his first two career pass attempts.
– Threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to WR Kenny Golladay on his first NFL completion. The play marked the Lions’ longest touchdown pass and overall completion since 2013. The play was also the Lions’ longest touchdown pass on Thanksgiving since 1994.
– Recorded the longest completion (75 yards) on an undrafted rookie free agent’s first-career completion since the 1970 merger. The play is also the NFL’s third-longest passing touchdown on a player’s first-career completion.
– Joined Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers as the only NFL players to throw for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter of a game this season.
– Joined Titans QB Marcus Mariota (2015) as the only quarterbacks in the last 25 years to throw for two touchdowns in the first quarter of their NFL debuts.
– Became the first undrafted rookie quarterback to start a game for the Lions (excluding replacement players in the 1987 strike year).
– Became the third quarterback in NFL history to make his first-career start on Thanksgiving Day, joining Cowboys QB Drew Henson (2004) and Giants QB Kent Graham (1992). Became the first quarterback in Lions history to make his first-career start on Thanksgiving.
– Became the eighth player who entered the League as an undrafted free agent to start a game at quarterback for the Lions.
– Recorded the most passing yards (280) by a quarterback making his first NFL start on Thanksgiving Day.
– Became the only rookie quarterback to throw for at least 175 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of a game this season.
DE TREY FLOWERS
– Recorded three solo tackles and 1.0 sack.
– Now has 6.0 sacks this season, his fourth-straight season with at least 6.0 sacks.
– Has produced 5.0 sacks since Week 8, the most by any NFC defensive end in that span.
WR KENNY GOLLADAY
– Recorded four receptions for 158 yards (39.5 avg.) and a 75-yard touchdown. His 158 yards mark a single-game career high and the third-most a Lions player has had on Thanksgiving Day.
– Is now the first NFL player since Vikings WR Randy Moss in 1998 to record at least 40 receptions and nine touchdowns while maintaining a receiving average of 20.0 yards-or-more through 12 games. The only other Lions player to do so was WR Cloyce Box in 1950.
– Is the third player in Lions history to average at 39.0 yards per reception on four or more receptions in a game. The only other players to do so are WR Larry Walton in 1970 and TE Jim Gibbons in 1964. The last NFL player to average at least 39.0 yards per reception on four or more receptions was Eagles WR DeSean Jackson at Dallas on Dec. 12, 2010. The only other NFL player to do so since 2000 was Saints WR Devery Henderson in 2006.
– Caught a 75-yard touchdown pass, the Lions’ longest touchdown pass and overall reception since the 2013 season.
– Now has five individual 100-yard games this season, the most by a Lions player since WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate each had five during the 2014 season.
– Joined WRs Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams as the only players in franchise history (since 1991) to post at least 135 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in the first half of a game.
– Now has 10 receptions of 30-plus yards this season, the second-most in the NFL.
– Became the first Lions player to record 100-yard games from multiple quarterbacks in the same season since WR Calvin Johnson did so in 2010 (QBs Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill).
– Passed WR Gail Cogdill (141) for the third-most receptions a Lions player has had in his first three seasons.
– Entered into a tie with WR Leon Hart (17) for the fourth-most touchdown receptions a Lions player has had in his first three seasons.
– Passed WR Gail Cogdill (seven) for the third-most 100-yard receiving games a Lions player has had in his first three seasons.
WR MARVIN JONES JR.
– Caught three passes for 40 yards (13.3 avg.) and one touchdown.
– Recorded his 27th touchdown reception with the Lions, moving into 10th place in franchise history for career touchdown receptions.
– Now has 11 receiving touchdowns in home games since the beginning of the 2018 season, the most receiving touchdowns a player has produced in home games for one team during that span.
– Now has eight receiving touchdowns since Week 7, the most in the NFL during that span.
– Now has eight red-zone touchdown receptions this season, the most in the NFL.
– Now has seven receiving touchdowns in home games, the most in the NFL this season.
– Now has 14 receiving touchdowns against NFC North opponents since joining the Lions in 2016, the most receiving touchdowns a player has had against the same division in that span.
LB DEVON KENNARD
– Finished with five solo tackles.
– Became the first linebacker in franchise history to produce at least 40 tackles and 5.0 sacks in multiple seasons.
RB BO SCARBROUGH
– Recorded 21 rushing attempts for 83 yards (4.0 avg.).
– Now has 236 rushing yards through three-career NFL games. The only Lions players to produce more through their first three NFL games were RB Bills Sims (382 in 1980) and RB Barry Sanders (254).
– Since 2013, he becomes the fifth NFL running back to top 235 rushing yards in their first three NFL games, joining RBs Dalvin Cook (2017), Kareem Hunt (2017), Ezekiel Elliott (2016) and Todd Gurley (2015).
– Has rushed for 55-plus yards in each of his first three NFL games, joining RBs Barry Sanders (1989), Billy Sims (1980) and Mel Farr (1967) as the only Lions to do so.
CB DARIUS SLAY
– Logged two tackles (one solo), one pass defense and one interception.
– Recorded his 100th-career pass defense in his 99th-career game, becoming only the ninth player in NFL history to produce at least 100 pass defenses in fewer than 100 games.
– Recorded at least two interceptions for the sixth-straight season, becoming the first Lions cornerback to do so since CB Lem Barney did so in 11-straight seasons (1967-77).
LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA: “OK, obviously, I think everyone is disappointed. I’ll say this, I think that team, our team, is one of the toughest teams that I’ve probably ever been around. This team fights probably like no other team that I’ve ever seen. We have to find a way to win and we have to find a way to kind of break through that thing that’s stopping us right now and smash that, so we can get this thing going. You want to talk about a tough team, a team that fights, a team that will try to do everything they can to win – that’s what we got right now. Obviously, the goal is to win and that’s what we have to get done, and we will. We’re building towards that and we’re working towards that every single day. I think when you take a look at today’s picture and see us go out there with our third-string quarterback that we got after training camp, and watch that team fight and rally behind somebody like that, I think you can tell how much all of those men in that room care about each other, how hard they work for each other and how much they’re trying to win for each other. They don’t really ever stop, or they don’t ever give up. (I’m) proud of those guys for that. Obviously, from my standpoint, I always want to do more and want to help those guys win. I have to do more, and I have to just keep pushing that, so that we can break that thing that’s stopping us right now and get going. Once that happens, I feel really good that we’ll be there. We have a lot of good players out there, we have a lot of good veterans, we have a lot of good young players that are getting a lot of playing time right now that are improving. We’ll go back to work. I’ve said it all the time you don’t sign up for one, you don’t sign up for two, you don’t sign up for four of these games, you sign up for all of them. We’re going to go out, and we’re going to compete for all of them and we’re going to work, and we’re going to grind it away. (I’m) appreciative of the fans and their support today. Obviously, (I’m) very thankful for first, my family, the Ford family, this organization, this city and all of the support that we get. I think that’s important for us to remember, obviously today on Thanksgiving just to be grateful for all that we have. That’s really it. Obviously, we’re all disappointed about the game we didn’t win, but I am proud of those guys.”
LIONS QB DAVID BLOUGH: On when he knew he was going to start: “We knew Jeff (Driskel) was pretty banged up, but it wasn’t until last night that I was told I was a starter. The Lions announced it and all those things. I had been getting a lot of the reps in the walk-throughs and practices leading up to this week. I was ready to go, prepare every week to play on the field. Just so happened that it was done on a short week, Matthew (Stafford) has been out, all that stuff. Just a couple different twist and turns, but they told me last night and I was pretty excited.”
LIONS DE TREY FLOWERS: On his reaction to today’s loss: “Yeah, it’s definitely frustrating. Obviously, you put a lot of energy, time into a week to come up short. We just have to try to find a way to finish, finish out games.”
LIONS WR KENNY GOLLADAY: On if he was surprised by QB David Blough’s performance: “No, even though it was a short week, we all had a lot of confidence in him. He had a chip on his shoulder during the week. He was very confident. He even told (Head Coach Matt Patricia) ‘Matty P,’ ‘I’m ready to rip it.’ He definitely stepped-up to the challenge. I’m proud of him.”
LIONS CB DARIUS SLAY: On what the Bears were able to do offensively in the second half that they weren’t in the first half: “The quarterback kind of extended a lot of plays and made a lot of plays on the run. We have to do better in the back end, extending plays, finding our guys, plastering around. What they did was extend plays, and they overall just were controlling the game almost.”
LIONS DB TRACY WALKER: On Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia’s message after the game: “We just have to continue to make the corrections, and have to continue to fight and get better, period. We can’t settle for it. We’re not going to settle for losses, so we are just going to continue to try to improve and continue to correct the mistakes we made.”