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Recap to come tomorrow. It's late and I need to go to bed.
Lions Roar Back, Win in OT
by Arnold Driver
Blogger, Detroit News
Apparently the Detroit Lions of 2011 seek nothing more than to at least give the fans of Detroit their money's worth when they attend a home football game. In week 1, the Lions lost a 21 point lead and ultimately succumbed to the Broncos in overtime 30-27. In week 3, the Lions gave up another lead, but ultimately drove back to tie the game with a minute and a half left, and won in overtime this Sunday 27-21 against the Washington Redskins.
The scoring began early, and by the Lions defense, when dime cornerback Patrick Lee intercepted a Mike Vick pass deep in Redskins territory and took it back to the house for a quick 7-0 lead.
Both defenses were tough in this game, with neither team really establishing much of any type of rush offense. Field position was key, as Detroit drove a few times in the second quarter but could not get but two Aaron Pettrey field goals (one attempt was missed) in four drives.
The Redskins' life would come from cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who took a kickoff back 99 yards with only a minute left in the second quarter to cut the defecit for the Redskins at 13-7 going into halftime.
The defenses for both teams would not relent, and no points were scored in the third quarter. In the fourth, Coach Gaddy had finally seen enough of Vick and his accuracy issues and replaced him with veteran All-Pro Donovan McNabb, who promptly got the offense some stability and hit a big play to rookie stud wide receiver Aaron Scott on a 62 yard touchdown play to put the Redskins ahead 14-13 with a little under 4 minutes to go in the game.
Lions quarterback David Garrard attempted to lead a drive to get the win, but inexplicably threw a bad pass into coverage while in field goal range. DeAngelo Hall was the recipient, and showed he still remembered where the end zone was from his kickoff return, and put the Redskins up 21-13.
Garrard shook off the interception, however, and led the Lions offense back down the field with two and a half minutes to go. A 10 yard run by Fred Jackson put the game at 21-19. A miraculous two point conversion to tight end Tony Scheffler put the score tied at 21 with a minute left.
Stalled drives by both squads trying to get into field goal range ended regulation tied at 21.
Overtime saw the Lions win the coin toss and never look back. A few quality passes by Garrard put them on the Redskins' 44 yard line, and reserve back Jahvid Best, just into the game, hit a seam in the middle of the Redskins' stalwart front line and sprinted past the secondary for a 44 yard touchdown to end it at 27-21.
In tribute to the passing of "Dandy" Don Meredith, the PA system played his trademark song he sang after every Monday Night Game, "Turn Out the Lights", made famous on his Monday Night broadcasts. The crowd, elated with the victory, sang right along.
"We talked with Washington beforehand and let them know, win or lose, that was gonna play as a tribute to him (Meredith). Just lucked out we were the high team on the scoreboard," Coach Winuvas explained afterwards.
The story of the game was turnovers by the Redskins. Quarterback Michael Vick was 10/24 for 157 yards and 4 brutal interceptions. Donovan McNabb was a spark, going 5/8 for 117 yards and a touchdown to go with an interception. In the running game, rookie Sam Elliott had 4 carries for 20 yards as the high yard man on the day. Former Pro Bowler Clinton Portis had 9 carries for only 7 yards. In the receiving game for the Redskins, rookie Aaron Scott is proving why the Redskins took him 7th overall, nabbing 7 passes for 139 yards and the only offensive touchdown scored by Washington. Defensively, another rookie, linebacker Kendall Weatherspoon, led all tacklers with 6, while middle linebacker Rocky McIntosh had 5 tackles and an interception.
For the Lions, quarterback David Garrard's numbers were not spectacular (15/37 for 312 yards and 2 interceptions), but he was clutch when it mattered, proving why he was an OMFL Bowl winning quarterback by driving the team late and getting the win. Fred Jackson had 18 carries for 55 yards, but Jahvid Best was the hero, getting 2 carries but making them count for the winning touchdown. Braylon Edwards proved Coach Winuvas' faith in hanging onto him after last season's escapades, and nabbed 4 balls for 81 yards. Defensively, veteran linebacker Antonio Pierce had 5 tackles, while cornerback Chris Houston had 3 tackles and 2 interceptions of Vick.
Injuries, however, hurt the Lions going forward. New wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker is sidelined for the next 7 weeks with a herniated disk, while defensive end Phillip Merling, just coming into his own this game, broke his collarbone and will be sidelined for the next 2-3 months. Depth for the Lions' defensive line will be tested, as tackle Sammie Hill is still out for the next 6 weeks with a herniated disk.
"We got lucky this game. Coach Gaddy has a hell of a defense in Washington. If he can figure out his offensive issues, and I KNOW he can, he'll be a force in the NFC East just like he was in the AFC East. Our front four got pressure, which helps us out in all facets of our defense. And I like the way our offense got over adversity. (Quarterback David) Garrard showed some moxie in shaking off the pick six and getting us down the field to tie it up," Coach Winuvas said in his press conference.
The Lions (2-1) head to San Diego to take on the Chargers, while the Redskins (1-2) travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in a divisional matchup.
Great Win (Pun Intended!!)
For having that as my nickname, there are few times I hear it in reference to my play in the OMFL. lol
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