After taking one on the chin last week at the hands of the Chicago Bears, Detroit needed to get a win, to go into the Thanksgiving battle against Green Bay with some momentum. Carolina jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter, with Cam Newton looking like he was on his game and hitting Steve Smith with a 15 yard strike for a touchdown right before the end of the first quarter.
The Lions answered with a touchdown of their own minutes later on a 28 yard pass from Stafford to Kevin Smith for a touchdown. However the good feeling from that touchdown drive did not last long when the ensuing kickoff was returned 101 yards by Kealoha Pilares for a touchdown. Newton added another minutes later on a 11 yard run, putting the Panthers on top 24-7. Stafford was able to put a drive together and hit Titus Young on a 3 yard touchdown pass to pull within 13. However the Lions were able to get a field goal from Olindo Mare as time expired, taking a 27-14 lead into the locker room.
The second half completely belonged to the Lions who passed the Panthers like they were standing still. After three touchdowns to start the second half, Carolina finally answered with one of their own, and converted on a two point conversion knotting the game at 35, however nothing could stop Stafford and the Lions in the second half. On the ensuing drive Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass of the day to Pettigrew, which pretty much sealed the deal at 42-35. The Lions defense was very opportunistic in the second half as well forcing Cam Newton to throw three interceptions making it four on the day.
Detroit gets ready for their annual Thanksgiving game where they will be hosting the best team in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers. The Lions will be extremely motivated for this game, but the Green Bay offense may prove too much for the Detroit secondary to handle. Expect a high scoring affair Thursday.