For weeks, Detroit Lions fans have been asking one question: Where’s Calvin Johnson?
Today, we found out. Johnson had a career high 214 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Lions to a brilliant 28-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. They not only captured their first winning season in 10 years, but they guaranteed a playoff spot if they win next week against the San Diego Chargers.
And to think, with eight minutes left in the game, very few people thought the Lions had a chance. Down six with just over eight minutes on the clock, Detroit started a drive inside its own 15. After two completions to Nate Burleson, Stafford was sacked, forcing a fumbling, a Raiders recovery, and touchdown.
The Raiders were up 27-14. And I could feel the season slipping away.
But Detroit would rally back on the next drive, going 71 yards on 10 plays to cut Oakland’s lead to 27-21. And then the Defense, struggling all day, made one of the most important stops of the season, forcing a punt.
With 2:14 remaining on the clock, the Lions had to go 99 yards for a touchdown and to secure a lead. And let’s be honest, late-game heroics haven’t exactly been Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions forte this season.
But it was today. The last drive for Detroit was the Stafford and Megatron show. Of the seven plays in the drive, three were to Johnson — a 21-yarder, a 48-yarder, and 6-yarder that resulted in a touchdown and a one point lead. » Continue reading “Lions Win Stunner on the Road, Beat Oakland 28-27″