GAME RECAP: Detroit Lions 38 Buffalo Bills 32
BUF - Steve Johnson catches a 4 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick is good). Drive: 11 plays, 83 yards in 6:38.
DET - Calvin Johnson catches a 24 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards in 3:19.
DET - Mikel Leshoure runs for 2 yards (Jason Hanson kick is good). Drive: 2 plays, 9 yards in 0:29.
DET - Shaun Hill runs for 1 yard (Jason Hanson kick is good). Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards in 2:20.
DET - Jonte Green makes a 23 yard interception return (Jason Hanson kick is good).
BUF - Rian Lindell makes a 30 yard kick. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards in 5:14.
BUF - Johnny White runs for 1 yard (Rian Lindell kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards in 3:25.
BUF - Dorin Dickerson catches a 4 yard pass from Tyler Thigpen (Rian Lindell kick is good). Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 1:44.
DET - Jason Hanson makes a 39 yard kick. Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards in 3:07.
BUF - Marcus Easley runs 100 yards for a kick return (Tyler Thigpen passes to Marcus Easley runs for a 2 Pt. Conversion).
DET - Kellen Moore runs for 1 yard (Jason Hanson kick is good). Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:33.
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||BILLS ||LIONS |
|Time Of Pos.||29:50||30:10|
|">Total Net Yards||298||389|
|Net Yards Rushing||77||98|
|Avg. Per Rush||3.1||2.9|
|Net Yards Passing||221||291|
|Yards Per Pass||6.0||8.1|
|Red Zone Efficiency||3-4-75%||3-4-75%|
|Goal To Go Efficiency||3-3-100%||3-3-100%|
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATS:
Passing BUF - Thigpen 18-30-1-186 | Fitzpatrick 5-5-1-39 | Jackson 0-1-0-0
DET - Moore 17-30-0-211 | Stafford 2-3-1-57 | Hill 1-2-0-26
Rushing BUF - Spiller 6-29 | Choice 9-27 | White 4-7 | Thigpen 1-7 | Brown 2-6 | Jackson 2-5 | Graham 1-(minus 4)
DET - Leshoure 15-43 | Williams 3-24 | Bell 12-23 | Moore 3-7 | Hill 1-1
Receiving BUF - Martin 5-49 | Aiken 3-42 | Dickerson 3-23 | Roosevelt 2-21 | Easley 1-20 | Johnson 2-17 | Chandler 1-13 | Graham 1-12 | Brown 1-9 | Jones 2-9 | Hagan 1-8 | Thigpen 1-7 | Brock 1-2
DET - Broyles 3-54 | Bell 5-53 | Long 3-51 | Wells 2-41 | Leshoure 1-33 | Johnson 1-24 | Edwards 2-14 | Stovall 1-13 | Gotlieb 2-11
The Lions wrapped up the 2012 preseason with a 38-32 home victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Lions victory was powered by 28 straight points in the first quarter after the visitors reached the endzone first. In limited action
Matt Stafford connected on 2-3 passes including a 24-yard pass to Calvin Johnson to open the scoring. That would be the end of their nights. Second year running back Mikel Leshoure saw his first action in a Lions uniform as the second round pick lead the team with 43 yards on
15 carries and scored the second touchdown for the Lions while also catching a 33-yard pass from Stafford. Rookie Ryan Broyles would lead the Lions in receiving with 54 yards on three catches. Cornerback Justin Miller would end a potential game winning drive by the Bills with an interception
on the Lions 14-yard line with the clock ticking down.
For a team that has been looking to bring in running back help it was a positive sign to finally see Leshoure running the ball. "When he got the ball in his hands, he looked good," said quarterback Matthew Stafford after the game. "It's going to be a process for him to do what he has to do to
stay in game shape with two weeks off."
We're going to need him," Head Coach Schwartz said. "He made a guy miss on the edge," Schwartz said. "His best play was the touchdown run. He had a cutback available to him, but he smelled the goal line and put his head down and scored."
In a fairly meaningless game, the Lions out gained the winless Bills 389-298. Detroit, however, committed nine penalties for 102 yards. This is something head coach Jim Schwartz won't be too happy about. The Lions did get three interceptions and one fumble, this proved too much for the visitors
With the preseason over, the Lions (2-2) turn their attention to their opening opponent, the St. Louis Rams.
PHOTO OF THE GAME:
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson goes up for a first quarter touchdown.
The Detroit Lions open the regular season Sunday, September 9 at 12:00 PM at home against the St. Louis Rams.
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