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The Roar: Lions Outlast Browns to Sustain Divisional Footing

The Browns and the Lions — two of the more frustrating teams in National Football League history — battled it out at Ford Field for the first time in regular season play since 2009 when this happened:

Here’s how things transpired:

First quarter:

The Lions received the ball to start the game and put together one of the nastiest three-and-outs. Yardage was lost on each of the three plays ran.

Sam Martin, Detroit’s punter who didn’t have to punt on Monday, had to punt from deep within Lions’ territory.

The Browns began their drive with good field position, but managed to only put three on the board with a 23-yard field goal via the leg of Zane Gonzalez.

Drive number two for the Lions, nada. Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the third play of the drive. Jamie Collins of the Browns reeled in the errant pass.

Cleveland quickly took advantage of the great field position. DeShone Kizer found Kenny Britt, who dodged an attempted tackle by Nevin Lawson and took it to the house for a 19-yard touchdown.

It was a tired effort out of the Lions to start the first quarter. After trailing 10-0, they began to wake up. Their next drive started nicely with three straight first downs, but halted in Cleveland territory where Matt Prater drove a 46-yard field goal through the uprights to cut the deficit.

From their own side of the 50-yard line, the Browns converted on fourth and one, but would later punt away to end their drive.

Second quarter:

Ameer Abdullah began and ended Detroit’s first drive of the second quarter with strong runs. The latter was an 8-yard scamper up the middle for a touchdown. Abdullah’s third rushing score of the campaign capped an eight play, 90-yard scoring drive.

After a pair of three-and-outs, Detroit’s defense struck.

With just over four minutes to go in the half, Lawson lost a contact battle with Cleveland’s Seth DeValvo, but hung in there to strip the ball loose while falling away. Lawson fell on top of the ball, got up and took it to the house for a 44-yard score. That was Lawson’s first career touchdown.


Check out the facts within this tweet delivered by Lions insider Tim Twentyman:

After 17-unanswered points scored by the Lions, the Browns did something that perfectly exemplified as to why they entered Week 10, winless. With 15 seconds left on the clock and no timeouts remaining, Kizer ran a quarterback sneak from Detroit’s three-yard line on second down. Their promising drive was no more as they were unable to run another play.

Halftime score: Browns 10, Lions 17

The Browns were the first to go on offense in the second half and were ready to play. Whatever was said inside of that Cleveland locker room worked.

An eight play, 85-yard drive was capped by a six-yard rushing touchdown by Isaiah Crowell. Cleveland absolutely punched the ball down the throat of Detroit’s defense to open up the second half.

Stafford and the Lions answered with five plays before punting away.

Kizer and the Browns answered with something a little tastier. A 10 play, 80-yard scoring drive capped by Kizer, who snuck in successfully this time around.

Trailing by a score late in the third quarter, the Lions needed to find the end zone.

Stafford found rookie receiver Kenny Golladay on back-to-back plays to jet start the offense. Golladay’s second grab was highlight reel worthy. It took just two more plays for the Lions to get back into the end zone. Stafford hit Theo Riddick for an eight-yard touchdown. A four play, 75-yard scoring drive.

Detroit was able to exhale, a little. The Lions had tied it back up at 24-all.

A quick three-and-out sent the Browns’ offense back to the sideline. Prior to such, Kizer was driven into the turf by Quandre Diggs on a second down passing play. Kizer had a tough time getting up and had to be attended to on the field. Shortly after, he made his way back to the Cleveland locker room for deeper medical attention.

Fresh off the sideline, Cody Kessler took over under center for the Browns and met the turf right away as he was sacked by Cornelius Washington to force the punt.

Fourth quarter:

Another strong scoring drive was put together by Detroit, ending in a Stafford to Ebron connection for a 29-yard touchdown.

The Lions regained the lead on that drive and never looked back. Detroit’s defense was all over Kessler and shut down any hopes of a miraculous road victory for Cleveland.

With just under five minute to go, Stafford connected with Golden Tate for insurance. Tate took Stafford’s delivery to the house for a 40-yard touchdown.


Kizer returned from the locker room and back onto the field. He and the Browns put a drive together that reached Detroit’s four-yard line, but it failed out as Kizer overthrew Ricardo Louis in the end zone and into the hands of Darius Slay for an interception.

The Lions entered victory formation and sealed the deal with two kneels by Stafford.

Final from Ford Field: Browns 24, Lions 38


It wasn’t as easy as the Lions wanted it to be, but a win is a win and they’ll gladly take one of those.

Detroit improves to (5-4) on the season and maintains their footing in the NFC North as Minnesota and Green Bay won their match-ups.



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