We all wondered which direction the Lions would go after upsetting the New England Patriots in Week 3. The answer, unfortunately for Detroit, was back down — losing an exciting game on the road to Dallas, 26-24.
Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott led the way for Dallas with 152 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards (240 total) to give Detroit their third loss in four weeks.
The Lions were down by ten in the second half before a ferocious comeback led by Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate gave Detroit the lead with two minutes left in the game.
In a game in which Lions fans felt doomed during points due to some perceived one-sided officiating, it felt like the momentum had fully swung back in Detroit’s direction after this drive.
What seemed like another vintage Stafford comeback in his hometown turned into another vintage Lions heartbreaker. Ezekiel Elliott answered with a beautiful sideline catch off of a perfect throw from Dak Prescott (SEE BELOW).
Prescott finished the job and drove the Cowboys down for a last-second field goal to ice the game.
Adding insult to injury, the Lions went away from Kerryon Johnson, despite him averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Late in the game, in obvious passing situations, the team went with LeGarrette Blount instead.
It didn’t make much sense because Johnson is the team’s most complete back. He was the first Lions rusher to break 100 yards in five years during Week 3. Yet, the Lions mysteriously gave him just ten touches.
A lot of fans want to blame Jim Bob Cooter, but he called a pretty good game for the most part. Stafford went 24-of-30 for 307 yards and two touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 131.5.
Patricia’s defense simply couldn’t stop the run, which helped a previously struggling Prescott get comfortable as the game wore on.
It was a good effort despite some ugly defensive lapses from both teams. Detroit, at 1-3, will need to practically run the table in the NFC North to have a chance.
They can start next week by taking care of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Ford Field.