Lions show fight in home win over Panthers

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2018

Rookie wide receiver DJ Moore had his best game yet in the National Football League, catching a career high seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.

Carolina failed to recover an onside kick attempt, allowing Detroit to exhaust the remainder of the clock.

Newton's line looked good, going 25 of 37 for 357 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Its next two games are at home but against first-place teams. "Today, I was humbled". Not to mention, before the Lions game Gano had yet to miss an extra-point all of this season. Then Johnson left the game, but the Lions were able to win anyway thanks to some big catches by receiver Kenny Golladay.

"They had good momentum going into that situation", Patricia said. "I like balls like that for me to just use my size, hands, athletic ability to go up there and make the catch". Golladay had eight catches for 113 yards and his go-ahead touchdown help keep Detroit's fading hopes of saving its season alive.

"When you produce 11 negative plays, primarily against the run, there's a lot to be excited about", defensive coordinator Eric Washington said Monday.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, a missed field goal prevented them from tying the game. With the Lions up 10-7 in the third quarter, Moore caught a short pass near the left sideline, then broke back to the middle and raced toward the end zone.

"That's a huge play", Patricia said. Up to this point he had made 28-straight field goals, which tied for the longest active streak in the NFL.

"No matter what it means for me, it's always disappointing to see a teammate get injured", Zenner said. "But I can't try to tear my technique down and start over".

The play went for an 82-yard gain, not a great moment for the Detroit defense.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaves the field following the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. CB Donte Jackson went out in the second quarter with what looked like an ankle injury, but returned.

While they were only able to get to Stafford for a single sack, their run defense may have played better than the final numbers for rookie rusher Kerryon Johnson - 87 yards on 15 rushes and a score - actually show; if you take away three chunk plays in which the Panthers had some overlap redundancy where two players occupied the same gap, Johnson had 12 carries for 40 yards before exiting with a second-half knee injury. Patricia said he didn't have an update on Johnson's condition.

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