The Detroit Lions were defeated by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday by a score of 17-14. The game was largely a disappointment for the Lions, who started the game off as if it was going to be a blow out win. In the first quarter, after exchanging a couple of stalled drives, the Lions finally had a good drive which started at their 43 yard line. George Winn carried it twice to get into Buffalo territory, and then Matthew Stafford took over, delivering a nice pass to Brandon Pettigrew for 7 yards and getting Reggie Bush the ball for a 28 yard pass. Stafford then capped the drive off with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate.
On the Bills next drive, Kyle Orton was picked off by Rashean Mathis who took it 41 yards for the Detroit Lions second touchdown of the game. With the Lions up 14-0, Detroit looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory. That was when the Buffalo defense came up big. Detroit’s next offensive drive did not even get started as 2 plays in Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. The Bills turned that turnover into 3 points when their drive stalled inside Lions territory.
The first drive of the second half looked good for the Detroit offense as they easily moved into Buffalo territory. When the drive eventually stalled, Alex Henery came out and missed a 44 yard field goal. Buffalo took advantage of the good field position and drove the ball into Lions territory only to miss a field goal of their own at 50 yards. Detroit then drove the ball back into Buffalo territory only to miss another field goal, this time of 47 yards. Buffalo took the ball down the field once more, this time converting a 25 yard field goal.
With yet another Detroit Lions drive stalling, Buffalo took advantage and drove all the way down the field, with the help of a 42 yard pass to Marquise Goodwin. Orton then threw a 2 yard touchdown to Chris Gragg. They also converted the two point conversion with a Fred Jackson run. The game was now tied at 14. After stalled drives by each team, Detroit finally moved the ball in part due to a 55 yard pass to Golden Tate. When the drive stalled in Buffalo territory, Alex Henery came out once more to kick a field goal. He missed from 50 yards. With only 21 second left, Buffalo drove down into Detroit territory and kicked the game winning 58 yard field goal.