Detroit 27, Tampa Bay 20

Sunday, September 11, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 11, 2011
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
HEAD OFFICIAL: Walt Anderson

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit 6 14 7 0 27
Tampa Bay 10 3 0 7 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 1-0 0-0 1-0 W1
Tampa Bay 0-1 0-1 0-0 L1


Matthew Stafford outplayed Josh Freeman in a matchup of quarterbacks picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft, and the Detroit Lions held on to post a 27-20 victory over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Detroit has won five straight dating to the end of last season.

Limited to 13 games over his first two seasons, Stafford carried over his success from the preseason by completing 24 of 33 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns. The former No. 1 overall pick surpassed 3,000 career passing yards.

Stafford's only major mistake was an interception that Aqib Talib returned 28 yards for a touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 10-3 lead.

Freeman missed two series in the second half with a right shoulder injury, but he returned to lead the Buccaneers on their only scoring drive of the day. Freeman threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams in the fourth quarter, extending a franchise-record streak of 14 consecutive games in which he has at least one scoring toss.

Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow had six catches for 66 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 77.

The win was the Lions' second in a row against the Buccaneers after losing five of the previous six meetings.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   Tampa Bay
Jahvid Best Player Josh Freeman
21 Attempts 4
72 Yards 26
3.4 Avg Yards 6.5
0 Touchdowns 0
9 Long 15
Detroit   Tampa Bay
Calvin Johnson Player Kellen Winslow
6 Receptions 6
88 Yards 66
14.7 Avg Yards 11.0
2 Touchdowns 0
36 Long 22

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Detroit 431 126 305 3 2 1 2.0 2
Tampa Bay 315 56 259 2 2 1 0.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Lions have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.