Seahawks vs. Lions: Young, Broyles Step Up and Lead Lions to Season-Saving Win

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

DETROIT - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after a game-winning, one-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks October 28, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions won 28 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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If you're a Lions fan and love playoff football, you're in luck because every game from here on out is a playoff game.

It's not quite single elimination for the Lions...but close enough.

They started off their super-playoff schedule with a win over the dangerous Seattle Seahawks, and it didn't come easy. But two players whom the team desperately needed to step up, did.

With Nate Burleson done for the season with a broken leg, rookie Ryan Broyles and second-year man Titus Young both had good days, scored touchdowns and were generally there when Matt Stafford needed them.

Both Young and Broyles were key contributors to this win, and since the Seahawks were able to shut Calvin Johnson down, those two had to step up. Both of them made some big plays and showed Stafford that he can count on them.

If they can do it consistently, the net effect of that will be that teams have to stop just blanketing Calvin Johnson because the other receivers will make them pay.

Stafford continues to be streaky and erratic, with shaky accuracy to boot. The run game continues to be virtually nonexistent. The defense is at some moments very dangerous, at others meek.

However the Lions quarterback got himself together and led the Lions on several big drives, not the least of which was the game-winning drive, which started on Detroit's own 20 and took 16 plays over the game's final five minutes.

It culminated in a very nice pass to Titus Young for a one-yard touchdown and, more importantly, the win.

Stafford was 10-of-15 for 75 yards and the score, and he showed us a lot of what we were expecting from him this year—things not yet seen on a consistent basis in 2012.

The Lions have a tough road ahead of them, but this is a big win. They didn't fold, they didn't let the special teams kill them and aside from a huge 77-yard touchdown by Marshawn Lynch, they didn't give up a ton of big plays.

Maybe it's a long road, but Sunday's win was a good start.

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