Detroit Lions vs Tennessee Titans: Live Score, Highlights & Analysis for Week 3
Megatron and Co. are in Tennessee this afternoon as the Lions take on the Titans.
Keep it here for live updates and analysis throughout.
Final Score: Lions 41, Titans 44 (OT)
And after all that, the game is over after the Lions were stuffed on fourth-and-one in the red zone.
It was a gutsy call to go for the win in overtime, rather than take the tying field goal, but an apparent miscommunication on the snap count got Shaun Hill stuffed at the line of scrimmage after the ball apparently came early.
So that's your ball game. It's Titans 44, Lions 41 in overtime, and I need a nap.
Try topping this one with the rest of this Sunday's action. Or any other game the rest of the season. I'm out of words. Good day, all.
Final Score: Lions 41, Titans 44 (OT)
This game is, in no uncertain terms, absolute clownshoes. Copious penalties, some very questionable calls, and lots of Jake Locker magic has given the Titans a three-point lead.
The Lions now have one possession to score. A field goal continues the game, a touchdown wins it. It's time to see if Shaun Hill can complete the miracle.
Current Score: Lions 41, Titans 44
The Titans are were stopped on 3rd-and-16, but a defensive holding call keep the Titans' drive alive. That's exactly what the Lions need to not do, as Locker and the Titans move into Lion territory.
Remember, a game cannot be won with a field goal on the first drive of overtime, but the way the Titans are moving the ball, and the way the Lions are helping out with penalties, that may not be an issue.
Current Score: Lions 41, Titans 41
With Shaun Hill in the game, the Lions charge down the field in about 40 seconds to get Calvin Johnson his first touchdown catch of the season, cutting the lead to a seven points, but with only 18 seconds left, it seems to be all over.
OR IS IT? Amari Spievey recovers an onside kick at the Titans 45-yard line, and two plays, later, a tipped Hail Mary pass ends up in the hands of Titus Young for a game-tying touchdown with no time left.
Shaun Hill just led a 14-point comeback in 65 seconds, and we have overtime. Incredible.
Titans win the toss in overtime and will receive.
Current Score: Lions 41, Titans 41 (Overtime)
It's probably time to wrap this one up. Brandon Pettigrew catches a quick little 8-yard pass, but Alterraun Verner strips it away and runs it all the way back the other way.
Just like that, it goes from the Lions driving to tie the game to the Titans up two scores with just over a minute left. That is the third non-offensive touchdown for the Titans in this game, and that has been the difference.
The Titans have feasted on the big play in this game, and some of the highlights from this game are ones you'll see for the rest of the season.
Shaun Hill is now in for the Lions, which is pretty much as good as waving the white flag. Stafford came up a bit lame trying to run down the last play, and the Lions probably don't want him getting creamed in garbage time.
Current Score: Lions 27, Titans 41
Titans LB Akeem Ayers is quietly dominating this game. He is a sure tackler on running plays, sticking big Mikel Leshoure more than once, and he just surged in unblocked for a big sack on Matthew Stafford on 3rd and 10.
The Titans take over with a chance to take back the lead, and sure enough, the Titans have a little more crazy in them. Jake Locker just threw a pass square into the back of Jacob Lacey, and Nate Washington plucked it off Lacey's numbers from over his shoulders.
Lacey turned around looking for the ball, and by then, Washington was home free for a 71-yard go-ahead score. Titans are back in the lead with just over three minutes to go.
Current Score: Lions 27, Titans 34
Well, the Lions are no strangers to this. After falling behind by 11 to a team they expected to dominate, they come back in the fourth quarter with a comeback drive keyed by Stafford and Calv...
Wait, check that. Nate Burleson dominated the Titans secondary all the way down the field, then caught the touchdown, and the ensuing two-point conversation. So it's all Lions now, right?
Nope. On the ensuing kickoff, Darius Reynaud fielded a kick from five yards deep and sprinted up the sideline untouched for a game-tying touchdown. So the Lions were in the driver's seat fr about 10 seconds.
However, the Lions' successful two-point conversion now looms large, as this a game-tying touchdown, not a go-ahead touchdown. It's now Lions ball from the 20-yard line in a tie ball game.
Current Score: Lions 27, Titans 27
Another trip for the Lions down the field ends with a goal-to-go situation, but a holding penalty makes it unmanageable, and the Lions have to settle for another Jason Hanson field goal, and cut the Titan lead to one point.
Despite that last drive stalling, the Lions are moving the ball comfortably in the second half, and another field goal will put the Lions on top. The Titans need to put up some points to stop the bleeding here, but you have to wonder how comfortable they would be sending Rob Bironas back out for another try.
The Titans would obviously rather put seven points on the board rather than three, but Bironas' struggles might make a fourth-and-1 situation at the 35-yard line an easier decision.
And just as I go to submit that update, Chris Houston forces a huge fumble on a Kendall Wright reception, which was recovered by DeAndre Levy in Titans territory. The play is under review, but it looks like a pretty clear catch and fumble.
And sure enough, the ruling on the field stands. Lions ball on the Titans 46-yard line with a one-point deficit.
Current Score: Lions 19, Titans 20
After breaking his own franchise record for consecutive made field goals, Rob Bironas has missed two straight, from 41 and 48 yards.
The Lions can't be happy that they've allowed the Titans to get into scoring range twice in the third quarter, but they will certainly take the gifts.
The Lions now take over close to their own 40-yard line in a four-point game (instead of a 10-point game, if Bironas were perfect today), and there goes Stafford-to-Johnson again. Consider the momentum swung to Detroit.
Current Score: Lions 16, Titans 20 (late 3Q)
If you're a Lions fan, it's about time. Sure enough, Calvin Johnson did the heavy lifting to get the Detroit Lions down the field in chunks. And this time, the Lions didn't settle for three.
Instead, Mikel Leshoure punches in his first career NFL touchdown, and the Lions pull to within four.
But the Titans have been able to move the ball at will on offense, and they will be looking to answer back to keep the Lions from seizing momentum in this game. At the very least, it doesn't appear the Titans will be losing this one by 20 as they did in the first two weeks.
This one looks likely to go down to the final possession.
Current Score: Lions 16, Titans 20 (mid 3Q)
The Titans' first drive of the second half sucked over five minutes off the clock, and ended in a 41-yard Rob Bironas field goal attempt that went wide. It remains an 11-point game.
Of course, the way the Titans defense is playing against the Lions' offensive attack, an 11-point game might be a four-possession game, since the Lions appear incapable of finding the end zone.
It's high time for the Lions to start showing off some offensive adjustments, as Calvin Johnson has all of six receiving yards in this game so far. That isn't what the Lions want. At all.
Hang on, just as I went to post, Johnson pulled in a 28-yard reception over the middle. Maybe they've figured something out.
Current Score: Lions 9, Titans 20 (3Q)
It's been that kind of day for the Lions. Coverage is good, pass rush is getting there, and Jake Locker takes off for a 31-yard gain.
The Titans are running a decent two-minute drill here, which is being supplemented by some bad Lions penalties.
The Titans can't punch that drive into the end zone, but they do get another three points on the board as time expires in the first half, and will get the ball back in the second half.
The Lions seem to be back on their heels in this one, which is surprising considering they have done an effective job of moving the ball on the ground with Mikel Leshoure. But Jake Locker is outperforming the Matthew Stafford through two quarters.
I'm not sure what's wrong with the Lion offense, but the difference of the Lions getting field goals instead of touchdowns is effectively the difference in this game right now.
Current Score: Lions 9, Titans 20 (Halftime)
The Lions aren't going to work back into the game like this. Mikel Leshoure looks like everything the Lions wanted from him, but another sustained drive ends in three points, as Jason Hanson knocks through a 33-yarder.
But the Titans are starting to score in bunches, and the Lions are going to need a defensive stop and quick, or this game could get unmanageable.
When the Lions do get the ball back, they need to start finding the end zone, which is turning into a recurring problem for them.
Current Score: Lions 9, Titans 17
The Titans have scored more in the first quarter and a half of this game than they have in either of their first two entire games.
It's Jake Locker to Jared Cook for 61 yards and a touchdown, and suddenly the Lions are in trouble in Nashville.
Current Score: Lions 6, Titans 17
After a reversed third down conversion, the Lions are forced to punt, and the Titans... execute the Music City Miracle?
Tommie Campbell just received a lateral, cross-field pass from the punt returner, and took it to the house with little resistance.
That just happened. I will attempt to find a GIF of this to show you.
Current Score: Lions 6, Titans 10 (End of 1Q)
Another similar situation for the Lions, allowing the opposing team to march down the field unopposed, only to tighten up near the red zone.
It's a battle of field goals so far as Rob Bironas knocks through a 31-yarder, but the Titans have to be feeling pretty good about things so far. Jake Locker has only thrown a pair of incomplete passes out of 10, and Chris Johnson is close to doubling his season rushing output.
Current Score: Lions 6, Titans 3
To summarize the Lions' biggest downfall thus far this season, the Lions once again get a field goal instead of a touchdown, despite forcing the turnover near midfield.
The Lions have struggled to convert third downs all season, and so far this game is no exception. The Lions are up a little more after a 52-yard Jason Hanson field goal, but it remains a one-possession game.
Current Score: Lions 6, Titans 0
We tend to take the center-quarterback exchange for granted in the NFL. But every once in a while, it's not a given.
Jake Locker to Kenny Britt was moving the Titans down the field pretty methodically, but a botched shotgun snap (Locker took his eyes off the ball) got the ball rolling around in the backfield, and the Lions recovered. After one possession each way, it's advantage Lions, who take over midfield.
Current Score: Lions 3, Titans 0 (1Q)
Lions are doing a great job of spreading the ball around early.
Matthew Stafford has completed two passes to Nate Burleson, one to Calvin Johnson, and sent another to Brandon Pettigrew, who dropped it. Mikel Leshoure looks like a strong, patient runner so far, but we're talking about three carries for about 10 yards, here.
But the Lions' first drive of the game stalls around the opposing 30-yard line (an all-too familiar sight last week), and Jason Hanson steps up with a 47-yard field goal. Lions up early in the first.
Current score: Lions 3, Titans 0
Oh, not discussed on the Lions' active/inactive discussion is Mikel Leshoure, who is starting today ahead of Kevin Smith.
But don't worry, Fantasy owners, chances are their output is relatively similar today. I don't imagine the Lions want to wear Leshoure down in his NFL debut.
We'll find out soon, as the Lions have won the coin toss and elected to receive.
The list of inactive players for both teams, via NFL.com.
QB Kellen Moore
TE Tony Scheffler
OT Jason Fox
OT Corey Hilliard
DE Lawrence Jackson
LB Travis Lewis
S Louis Delmas
QB Rusty Smith
RB Javon Ringer
WR Lavelle Hawkins
OT Michael Otto
OG Deuce Lutui
LB Colin McCarthy
S Al Afalava
There may not be much unusual here, but the Lions will be happy to re-activate starting cornerbacks Chris Houston and Bill Bentley. Lawrence Jackson is a bit of a surprise, as he appears to be a healthy scratch.
The Titans will be without emerging defensive leader Colin McCarthy, and Javon Ringer's absense suggests that the running game will sink or swim with Chris Johnson.
Detroit Lions (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-2)
Time: 1:00 PM Sunday, September 23, 2012
Venue: LP Field, Nashville, TN
For the Lions, check out Brandon Burnett's excellent breakdown of how the Lions can attack the Titan defense, and of course, the Lions' 10 keys to the game by yours truly. Also, Scott Bischoff is doing live game grades this Sunday, so give that a look during the game, as well.
Finally, for an unbiased, two-sided preview of the game, check out NFL Lead Writer Josh Zerkle's video preview of the Lions-Titans matchup.
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