DETROIT-Five years from now, Carson Wentz will have a catalog of situations like the two he faced Sunday, Oct. 9, against the Detroit Lions and they will define him as a quarterback.
Stafford lofted a flawless pass to Golden Tate to set up Matt Prater's 29-yard kick with 1:28 left, sending Detroit to a 24-23 victory over Carson Wentz and Philadelphia on Sunday.
There's value to coach Jim Caldwell's even-keeled approach, one that permeates throughout the Detroit Lions' organization.
Detroit's defense, though, still had to do its job to seal the much-needed victory.
Darius Slay's forced fumble with under three minutes to play, and Slay's interception to ice the game with under a minute and a half to go, were the two biggest plays for the Lions' defense in their 24-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
"That's the rule", said head coach Doug Pederson at his day-after press conference. "I was in great position, so I'm like, 'OK.' But then I looked in the air and I said, 'Oh, the ball is coming for real". "He doesn't play like a rookie".
The Lions (2-3) had lost three straight. He said the 4- to 6-yard route got pushed out to about 15 yards from scrimmage by the presence of an extra Eagles linebacker, but he beat Nigel Bradham to his spot and Stafford dropped a perfectly placed ball in his hands. Philly got the ball back about 12 minutes left in the game. "I know there isn't anything I can do to fix it, and I have to move forward, but this one hurts".
After the fumble, the Lions drove 34 yards in seven plays to set up Prater's game-winning field goal.
"I cant let my teammates down", Mathews, who finished with 11 carries for 42 yards, said. Here's a look at a few reasons, aside from the aforementioned officiating blunders, why the Eagles are no longer undefeated. The Lions allowed 18 touchdowns to opposing tight ends in their previous 20 games. We could have folded the tents and gave up (after falling behind 21-7 in the first half).
Instead of dwelling on the disappointment of their 24-23 loss to lowly Detroit, Pederson chose to focus on the second-half comeback that enabled his team to almost pull out a victory. Backup Brian Hoyer gave Chicago a chance, throwing for 397 yards and two touchdowns. They would have had no chance of getting back in the game had it not been for Wentz, the National Football League rookie of the month for September, who was all but immune to the pressure of rallying his team. The Bills stopped Bradley Marquez on a fake punt at the Rams 25 with 3:41 remaining. It was Stafford's third touchdown pass of the half.
After taking the opening kickoff and going 75 yards for a second touchdown, the Eagles changed the momentum. He nailed three tries, with the longest a 50-yard attempt.
Replay shows that the fumbled ball was first between the legs of Eagles center Jason Kelce while his arms were out of bounds before being secured by the Lions.
TITANS 30, DOLPHINS 17 Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the visiting Titans overcome a handful of big plays by the Dolphins. The next two games (Los Angeles and Washington) are at home. "So he was going to run with whoever was hot at the time".
That's right, 19 total yards. At 2-3, at least there is a speck of hope the season can be salvaged.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate with a crucial 27-yard pass on third down to set up the field goal. The Eagles converted a field goal to go up 23-21. Wentz capped that with a 1-yard strike to Josh Huff to make it 21-17.
Phi-Mathews 1 pass from Wentz (Sturgis kick), 10:21. This time, Riddick fought for maybe the toughest yard of his career, converting just barely.
Instead, Wentz took a shot deep down the field for Nelson Agholor, who was one-on-one with cornerback Darius Slay.