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Detroit Lions Week 16 2019 Recap

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Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions Week 16 2019 Recap 

The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 27-17 loss to the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

– First Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 26-yard field goal to give Detroit a 3-0 lead with 8:59 left in the quarter.
– Second Quarter: CB Jamal Agnew returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown to give Detroit a 10-0 lead with 10:52 left in the half. K Matt Prater converted the extra point.
– Third Quarter: WR Kenny Golladay caught a three-yard touchdown pass from QB David Blough to give Detroit a 17-13 lead with 3:51 left in the quarter. K Matt Prater made the extra point.

The Lions…
– With LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin’s nine tackles, he is now the eighth different player this season to record eight total tackles in a game for Detroit. The eight different players posting a game with at least eight tackles are the most for the Lions since 2012 (12).
– Scored points on their first possession of each half.

– Registered three punt returns for 75 yards (25.0 avg.), including a 64-yard return for touchdown. This marks his first punt return touchdown of the season and second overall return touchdown of the year. He now has three punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown in his career.
– Joined WR Eddie Drummond as the only players in Lions history to log three punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown in their careers.
– Recorded his fourth overall return touchdown since entering the NFL in 2017, the most in the League during that span.
– Became the first opponent to return a punt for a touchdown in Denver since Raiders WR Johnnie Lee Higgins did so in 2008. They are the only players to do so in Denver since 2000.
– Became the first player in the NFL this season, and only the sixth in team history, to record a punt and kickoff return touchdown in the same season.
– Became the fifth player in Lions history with at least three punt return touchdowns.
– Became the fifth player in the NFL since 1995 to have at least three punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown within their first three seasons.

– Finished 12-of-24 for 117 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions.
– Now has the most completions by a Lions quarterback in their first four starts (82), passing QB Karl Sweetan (81).

– Caught six passes for 66 yards (11.0 avg.) and one touchdown.
– Extended his NFL-lead by logging his 11th receiving touchdown of the season.
– Has now set a single-season career high in receiving yards (1,118), topping his previous record of 1,063 set in 2018.
– Caught his 11th pass of 30-or-more yards on the season and 13th pass of 25-or-more yards. This marks the most receptions of at least 25 yards by a player in a single season since WR Calvin Johnson had 21 receptions of 25-or-more yards in 2012.
– Joined WRs Calvin Johnson and Herman Moore as the only players in franchise history to finish a season with at least 1,100 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. Johnson was the most recent to do so in 2013.
– Recorded his fifth receiving touchdown against AFC opponents this season. The only player in franchise history to have more receiving touchdowns against the AFC in a single season is WR Calvin Johnson, who had six in 2011. Golladay also scored a touchdown in all four games against AFC opponents this year.
– Logged his eighth game this season with at least 50 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. This ties for the NFL-lead this season and is tied for the fifth-most games in a season in team history. The most recent player to do so was WR Calvin Johnson in 2011.

– Logged six tackles (three solo), a single-game career high.

– Finished one-of-one on field goal attempts and two-of-two on extra points to produce five points scored on the day.
– Passed RB Barry Sanders (654) for the third-most points scored in franchise history.

– Finished with five tackles (four solo) and two pass defenses.
– Produced his 30th game with at least two pass defenses since entering the NFL in 2013, the most in the League in that span.
– Became the only player in NFL history (since these stats began being tracked in 1999) to record six consecutive seasons with 12 pass defenses and two interceptions all with the same franchise.

– Totaled seven total tackles (three solo).
– Joined CB Chris Cash (2002) as the only players in team history to produce a season with 90 total tackles, five pass defenses, one interception and one forced fumble in either of their first two seasons.
– Set the franchise record for the most games (10) with at least six tackles by a defensive back in a single-season in franchise history.

– Had a career-high nine tackles (six solo) and one tackle for loss.

– Finished with nine tackles (two solo).
– Now has 18 games with the Lions with at least seven tackles, the second-most by a defensive back in team history.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA: “Obviously, a tough ball game out there. Give Coach Fangio and his staff credit. I thought they did a good job. Their players played hard and they made some plays at the end when they needed to. It was a tough game. I thought our guys played hard and I thought they battled. We just didn’t make enough plays when we needed to. I thought we started off fast. We got going early which is good, but we really couldn’t sustain anything. In the end, they were able to make more plays, created some momentum, and generated some plays that we couldn’t recover from. From that standpoint, give them credit. They did a good job. They played better than we did today. We have a lot of work to do. We have one more week coming up. It is a busy week but an exciting one for us to get back home and play against one of the best teams in the league.”

QUARTERBACK DAVID BLOUGH: On his overall takeaways from the game – “I think we will have to go back and take a look at the film and see what happened, but Denver made more plays than we did. I think at the end of the day that is what it comes down to. They stepped up and made great plays. It was tough for us to get anything going on offense. We just have to execute better across the board and that starts with me. I will go back and look at it and improve and keep growing and moving forward. You’ve got to give the Broncos credit. They earned it today. It’s frustrating, but we will get back to work.”

CORNERBACK JAMAL AGNEW: On the importance of breaking the eight-game losing streak – “It’s not really about the streak, honestly, winning makes everything better. We are a close-knit team, so we are going to keep our spirits high, but we just have to get this ‘W.’ We all feel it, we all know it. We are working hard but I feel like we just need to finish.”

DEFENSIVE END TREY FLOWERS: On trying to pinpoint how they haven’t been able to keep a lead – “It’s not necessarily hard to pinpoint. We have been pinpointing a whole lot of different directions. Bottom of the line we have to learn how to finish and capitalize. We have to know how to not hurt ourselves along with not putting ourselves in those situations. I think we know what it takes. We just have to do it every day.”

RUNNING BACK KERRYON JOHNSON: On if draft position ever creeps into his mind – “Literally not even a little bit. I don’t get drafted again. I don’t care about the draft. I don’t have to do any drafting. We focus on winning the next day and the next game and that’s how my thought process goes.”

RUNNING BACK BO SCARBROUGH: On why he thought the run game hasn’t been as consistent in recent games – “Every play is not going to be perfect. The defense isn’t going to be perfect either. Every play can’t be perfect. Every run is not going to be five or ten yards. It’s going to be one or two yards or you may lose a yard. You can’t get discouraged off of you not being able to get one yard, two yards, three yards. Sooner or later after 17 carries or 15 carries you can make up for that one yard that you lost. I don’t get discouraged over being stopped because at the end of the day I know I can’t win 15 times every time I run the ball.”

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