Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 31-17 thanks to a huge second half from Matthew Stafford. The defense also played much better in the second half, getting more pressure on Brandon Weeden.
It was a great day for rookie tight end Joseph Fauria. He caught just three passes but all three went for touchdowns. Fauria saw more action because normal starter Tony Scheffler was out with a concussion.
Matthew Stafford was brilliant in the second half. He finished 25-for-43 for 248 yards and four touchdowns. At halftime he was 10-for-22 for 83 yards and one touchdown.
DeAndre Levy picked off two passes, one of them on one of the most egregious quarterbacking decisions you'll ever see.
It will be imperative to sustain the strong second-half performance because next week brings the physical, speedy Cincinnati Bengals to Ford Field. The Bengals seized first place in the AFC North, thanks in part to the Browns loss, by beating Buffalo in overtime.
Thanks to everyone for following along! I'll have preliminary game takeaways and a full Lions report card in the next few hours.
DeAndre Levy secures the final tackle and the Lions hold the Browns out of the end zone.
Detroit wins 31-17 thanks to a dominant second half, outscoring the hosts 24-0 in the final stanza.
Not a lot of urgency here by the Browns on this drive. Devin Taylor has the urgency though, forces Weeden into another wild throw attempt.
Scratch the "playing for the field goal" strategy. Joseph Fauria with the back shoulder catch on T.J. Ward makes for an easy touchdown. That is Fauria's third touchdown on the day.
Lions 31, Browns 17 with 2:01 remaining.
The Lions have won the second half 24-0 to this point.
With 2:05 to play the Lions have the ball deep in Cleveland territory. It's 3rd-and-4, and a field goal will all but win the game for Detroit.
Groves cannot drive the quarterback into the ground like that, but it's a weak call. Look at it this way, Browns fans, there was pass interference that wasn't called on the same play.
A little late, but so was Weeden's throw...
You can forgive a mistake like that for a young QB like Weeden, right? Oh, wait, he's going to be 30 tomorrow!— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) October 13, 2013
David Akers knocks the 53-yard field goal right down the middle to push the lead to seven. Kris Durham deserves credit for some tough yards-after-catch on the drive.
Detroit 24, Cleveland 17 with 6:04 remaining in the game.
Some bad news on the injury front.
Joique Bell has injured his ribs and his return is questionable— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 13, 2013
It will be Reggie Bush and Mikel Leshoure the rest of the way, halfway through the fourth quarter.
I think Little did not get both feet down. The officials confirm it. The second heel landed on the line, and the ball was moving just a touch. Worth the challenge by the Browns though. They had to try.
Per the broadcast feed, Calvin Johnson has played 18 of the Lions' 55 snaps through the first three quarters.
Tashaun Gipson with the tipped ball interception in the end zone. Great concentration by the Browns safety for his second interception on the year. Stafford's throw was just a little behind Edwards on the post route and Buster Skrine got a finger or two on it.
Bad ending to what had been an impressive drive. Detroit picked up three third-down conversions in a row there, but cannot capitalize.
Browns 17, Lions 14 with 1:40 to go in the third quarter.
We are seeing a different Ndamukong Suh here in the second half. Even with the bad encroachment penalty, Suh is attacking and asserting his will like we saw early in the season.
Reggie Bush scores on an 18-yard inside screen, a play we've seen many times this year. Bush also had a 39-yard run behind great blocks from Pettigrew and Warford to get into scoring position.
Huge momentum builder for the Lions. The Browns defense looked passive on that drive and Detroit seized upon it.
Cleveland 17, Detroit 14 with 8:57 to go in the third quarter.
The Lions defense really needed that three-and-out to start the second half. It was important to change the script and get some confidence. I noted two very good plays by Bill Bentley on the drive.
Terrible clock management by the Lions leads to a Cleveland field goal just before halftime. Josh Gordon abused Chris Houston on the drive, and Billy Cundiff nailed the mid-range field goal with eight seconds left before halftime.
Cleveland 17, Detroit 7 at the half.
Cleveland drives down the field and scores just after the two-minute warning. Brandon Weeden finds Greg Little outside of Bill Bentley for the touchdown.
Cleveland 14, Detroit 7 with 1:16 left in the first half.
Lions not getting much pressure on Weeden today. And Cleveland's taken some shots downfield/Weeden's held onto the ball— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 13, 2013
Ansah and Fairley have been invisible so far today.
I noted great coverage by Chris Houston on the play mentioned here. Also a good zone drop by Ashlee Palmer on the tight end.
Browns using play action but w no effect..WR gotta get open w those as well— Andre Knott (@DreKnott) October 13, 2013
Suh gets heavy pressure on Weeden and hits his arm on the follow-through, causing the ball to sail. DeAndre Levy gives the ball back to Detroit with a very athletic leaping interception.
It's still 7-7 with 8:44 left in the first half.
For the Dancing With the Stars fans, here is Joseph Fauria's latest touchdown dance. Is this Beyonce?
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