The circumstances were dire, the Lions trailed by 10 points on the road with just under 10 minutes left in the game. Lions fans had seen this scenario play out over the last few years, the Lions hung tight but in the end they couldn’t prevent their opponent from pulling away. I proclaimed after the Buffalo loss that these were the same ol’ Lions, but in Miami the Lions shed that label.
The Lions scored 17 unanswered points after the defense stepped up, halted the Dolphins’ momentum and tipped it in favor of the Lions with two crucial turnovers. The Lions couldn’t mount a consistent pass rush until late in the game, but when all the cards were on the table they made plays.
The pass rush rattled Chad Henne and he was completely uncomfortable in the pocket which led to the two defining defensive plays. Nathan Vasher stepped in front of a Chad Henne pass and pulled in the first pick of his season, which the Lions converted into three points to tie the game. On the next series DeAndre Levy broke on a pass and did his best Jahvid Best impersonation in the open field returning the pick 30 yards for the game winning touchdown.
The defense did a great job in the first half limiting the Dolphins’ offense until the Lions got backed up inside their own five yard line. The Lions couldn’t pick up a first down and had to punt. Miami returned the punt 25 yards into Lions’ territory and four plays later scored a go ahead touchdown and took control of the momentum.
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