Reggie Bush opened up the scoring with an 86-yard touchdown run. The Jags, however, responded by picking off Matthew Stafford and knocking in a field goal.
Blake Bortles took over shortly before halftime at his own five-yard line and promptly shredded the secondary for a field goal. The second half brought more Bortles and more shaky secondary play, resulting in his lone touchdown pass of the evening.
Despite a myriad of turnovers, Detroit regained the lead on a short George Winn score and held on for the win.
Overall, the front seven of the defense created plenty of havoc (six sacks) and shut down the running game, but the secondary never found its footing. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead was particularly impressive. He started the game and rewarded the staff with three sacks and 11 tackles.
As for the offense, it was pretty ho-hum. Quarterback Matthew Stafford started poorly but dinked and dunked his way to 98 yards. The bigger issues were the three turnovers and 15 penalties.
Head coach Jim Calwell would have preferred a more disciplined effort. If he's going to turn around the accountability issues of this team, he doesn't have much time left to work with.
Lions 13, Jaguars 12. Final.
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