Detroit Lions fans who were hoping their team would dominate the St. Louis Rams from start to finish were disappointed on Sunday. The Rams turned out to be a better team than anyone gave them credit for, and they forced the Lions' vaunted offense into too many mistakes.
As a result, the Lions were lucky to get the victory.
That should come as no surprise though. Jeff Fisher, the Rams' new head coach, is a winner, and his impact in St. Louis has been immediate.
The story of the game was the Rams' ability to get to Matthew Stafford in the first quarter. The Lions moved the ball effectively but stalled in the red zone because of turnovers. The Rams were in Stafford's head and intercepted him three times.
Stafford's throws were good, and his numbers (aside from the picks) were good. The Rams simply figured him out.
Ultimately, the Lions proved they were the better team, and they did what they had to do to win. Stafford connected with Kevin Smith on a five-yard touchdown with less than one minute left to seal the deal.
That is what good teams do: win games even when they don't play their best.
Fans might not be happy with how the Lions got there, but a win is a win in the NFL.
* All stats in this article were taken from ESPN.com