Detroit Lions Defeat Eagles in OT


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The Detroit Lions had only a little over five minutes left after Jeremy Maclin scored on a 70-yard play that gave the Eagles a 10-point lead, which ended up being exactly what the Lions needed to answer with a quick touchdown, a defensive stop, and then another drive that stalled at the 1-yard line. The Lions had the ball at the 1-yard line, but with no timeouts and limited time on the clock, they were in no position to risk running the ball and and possibly losing the game, so they were forced to kick a field goal and send the game into overtime.

Once in overtime, the Eagles won the toss and received the ball first, but the Lions defense buckled down, possibly because they knew their season was on the line and a 1-4 start is almost impossible to recover from. The first two plays in overtime, the Lions defense came up big, the first play Michael Vick rolled to the left but Cliff Avril caught him from behind for a sack and a loss of 7-yards on the play. On 2nd and 17, Vick dropped back to pass, but this time it was Nick Fairley and Keith Vanden Bosch getting to Vick to sack him for a 14-yard loss and forcing a 3rd and 31 from the Eagles own 4. On the 3rd and forever attempt, the pass fell incomplete and the Eagles were forced to punt, which gave the Lions excellent field position.

After the Lions got the ball, they immediately started going backwards with a holding penalty being called on the first play, but that was followed by a 17 yard strike to Calvin Johnson, then two short runs to set up Jason Hanson for a 45-yard field goal attempt to win the game. Hanson finished the Lions rally that started with them being down by 10 with only a little over 5 minutes to go, and they walked off of Lincoln Financial Field with 2-3 record, a new hope to their season, and a victory!

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