Defense, Golladay star as Lions surge past Cardinals

Arnold Nichols
September 11, 2017

Both starting safeties - Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson - recorded interceptions in the first half Sunday.

But a missed field goal by Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson, and Stafford's second touchdown pass of the day, kept the game close going into the final quarter.

Sunday's victory was a terrific regular season debut for Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford. Punter Kasey Redfern dropped a snap in the Lions end zone and was injured when he then tried to run for the first down. Placekicker Matt Prater punted the next four times for Detroit. And by the time Stafford's pass came close to Kenny Golladay, the Detroit Lions rookie had already beaten two Arizona Cardinals defensive backs and leapt in the air.

Taking charge at running back will be David Johnson, the young and gifted posted an exceptional performance in last season.

But they also express the feelings of Arizona fans as they watched Detroit follow Johnson's injury by scoring 20 straight points.

With a solid victory under their belts, the Detroit Lions will next head to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to face the New York Giants on September 18th for a primetime game on Monday Night Football.

Two plays later, Stafford connected with Theo Riddick from seven yards out for a touchdown, but a failed two-point conversion left the Lions down two. The Lions secondary also played well, contributing three interceptions and keeping Arizona's receivers from hurting them. Jones biggest play was a nice grab on a ball thrown slightly behind him to pick up a third down.

Appropriately, it was the defense that put an exclamation point on the victory. Detroit also had some early issues on special teams, and had too many early penalties.

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