Detroit 27, St. Louis 23

Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 9, 2012
WHERE: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: Donovan Briggans
ATTENDANCE: 62315

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
St. Louis 3 10 0 10 23
Detroit 0 10 3 14 27

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 0-1 0-0 0-1 L1
Detroit 1-0 1-0 0-0 W1

Recap


Lions 27, Rams 23: Matthew Stafford overcame a horrendous start by throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left, helping host Detroit hold off an upset bid from Jeff Fisher-led St. Louis.

Smith also ran for 62 yards and a touchdown for Detroit (1-0), which overcame Stafford's three interceptions and denied Fisher a win over his long-time assistant Jim Schwartz.

Free-agent addition Cortland Finnegan returned an interception for a touchdown and Brandon Gibson had a touchdown catch for St. Louis (0-1). Fisher, who returned from a one-year absence after 17 seasons at the helm of the Tennessee Titans, watched his club nearly pull off the upset as it looks to turn things around after a 2-14 showing a season ago.

Rookie Greg Zuerlein's third field goal gave St. Louis a 23-20 lead with 1:55 left, but Stafford capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with the toss to Smith.

It was the 19th straight game that Stafford threw at least one touchdown pass. He finished 32-of-48 for 355 yards.

Calvin Johnson, who led the NFL in receving last season, finished with six catches for 111 yards.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Stafford completed a pass to himself late in the third quarter after Eugene Sims batted the ball at the line of scrimmage. He gained three yards. … Schwartz chatted with his former boss Fisher before the game. Schwartz served as an assistant under Fisher for 10 years in Tennessee. … Due to the referee lockout, replacement official Shannon Eastin became the first female referee in NFL history. ... Rams third-year offensive lineman Roger Saffold suffered a neck injury on an awkward play while blocking during Gibson's TD catch. A hush fell over the crowd as he was strapped on to a stretcher.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
St. Louis   Detroit
Steven Jackson Player Kevin Smith
21 Attempts 13
53 Yards 62
2.5 Avg Yards 4.8
0 Touchdowns 1
9 Long 19
Receiving
St. Louis   Detroit
Danny Amendola Player Calvin Johnson
5 Receptions 6
70 Yards 111
14.0 Avg Yards 18.5
0 Touchdowns 0
17 Long 51

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
St. Louis 250 77 173 2 3 3 1.0 0
Detroit 429 83 346 3 2 0 4.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against San Francisco. The Lions have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Washington. The Rams have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.