It went down to the wire, but the Lions were able to take advantage of a crazy last play penalty, and because of it the Lions won their second game of the year Sunday, 38-37 over the Browns. The Lions were down 37-31, and on the last play of regulation they were given an untimed play because Browns safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Matthew Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.
Stafford then threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard out to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson’s extra point with no time on the clock gave the team the crazy one-point win. The Lions also had comeback from a first quarter 24-3 deficit.
It looked bad for the Lions as Brady Quinn threw four TDs, surpassing his previous career total, and connected with Michael Gaines with 5:44 left to put the Browns ahead after helping them score a franchise-record 24 points in the first quarter.
The Lions though hung in, just as they did all day, and were able to get the last second attempt as Stafford scrambled around and then heaved the ball in the end zone. Stafford threw for a career-high 422 yards with five TD’s and two picks.
Stafford’s fourth touchdown pass of the day gave the Lions their first lead of the game, 31-27, with 2:47 left in the third quarter. The 1-yard pass to Will Heller off a play-action fake capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive.
Overall it was a day of happiness in Detroit, as the Lions were able to escape some of the demons that usually haunt them for the improbable win.