Lions Vs. Raiders: Detroit Rallies To Down Oakland, 28-27

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Lions Vs. Raiders Final Score: Late Calvin Johnson Touchdown Secures 28-27 Win For Detroit

The Detroit Lions will leave the Bay Area Sunday evening with an improbable fourth-quarter comeback win over the Oakland Raiders, 28-27 after Calvin Johnson capped off a monster game with a six-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play.

Things didn't look so promising earlier in the second half as the Raiders' defense found something to keep Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford under pressure and Detroit from moving the ball. Then in the fourth quarter it appeared that Oakland defense had put the game away.

Raiders defensive  tackle Tommy Kelly grabbed ahold of Stafford at the Detroit 5-yard line then raked the ball out of his hands, leaving it free on the ground for linebacker Aaron Curry to scoop up and run into the end zone to put the Raiders in control 27-15 with just under eight minutes to play.

But the Raiders' aggressive defense seemed to exhale after coming up with the big play, and the Lions quickly responded to remain in the game. Stafford went to work out of the shotgun and directed the down the field on an efficient 11-play, 71-yard scoring drive, hitting receiver Titus Young for a three-yard touchdown to draw within six points with five minutes to play.

The Raiders and Carson Palmere tried to put the game away for good on their next possession. Facing third and three around mid-field, Palmer just missed the knock out punch when his pass to an open Chaz Schillens was slightly overthrown and bounced off the receiver's outstretched hands.

The Raiders were forced to give the Lions another chance to win the game but made things difficult after a Shane Lechler punt pinned the Lions down at the two-yard line. But quarterback Matthew Stafford went to work, leaning on Calvin Johnson to make big plays down the field.

Megatron caught two passes starting with a 21-yard reception to move the Lions out to the 39-yard line. Then Stafford launched a deep ball that Johnson hauled in among Raider defenders for a 48-yard gain to put Detroit in the red zone. Johnson drew a pass interference penalty which moved the ball to the six-yard line then two plays later caught a Stafford rope in the back of the end zone to tie the score. 

Jason Hanson tacked on the game-winning PAT which held up after the Raiders scrambled to get Sebastian Janikowski a 65-yard field goal attempt. The kick never had a chance and once again the Lions secured a win to move to 9-5 on the season.

Stafford aired it out in the comeback win, completing 29 of 52 passes for 391 yards while Johnson ended the game with nine receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns.


Lions Vs. Raiders Score Update: Oakland Maintains 17-14 Lead After Three Quarters

Defensive adjustments showed up after halftime for both the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders as both teams struggled to mount a strong offensive drive in the third quarter which ended with the Raiders still leading 17-14.

The Raiders defense brought pressure from various angels to disrupt Matthew Stafford's passing rhythm. Late in the third quarter, the Lions appeared to find something, digging their way out of their own territory by utilizing a no-huddle offense. But the drive stalled at the Oakland 39 after the Lions were denied on a 4th and one rushing attempt and forced to turn the ball over on downs. 

The Raiders were held down by poor field position on their first two possessions starting drives on their own 5 and 8-yard line. After the Lions failed fourth down, the Raiders had some breathing room and Carson Palmer connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey to move the Raiders into the red zone on the final play of the third quarter, but fumbled while running after the catch giving the ball to the Lions to start the fourth quarter.


Lions Vs. Raiders Score Update: Oakland Leads Detroit 17-14 At Halftime

The Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders continue to trade blows with the Raiders taking a 17-14 lead to the half.

The Raiders reclaimed the lead on their first possession in the second quarter in style, going 96 yards in seven plays to take a 14-7 advantage. Carson Palmer connected twice with Darrius Heyward-Bey on big plays during the drive. The first play came on a 35-yard reception to dig the Raiders out of a hole deep in their own territory. Then the two connected on the 43-yard scoring play after Palmer dropped off a short pass to Bey and the speedy receiver did the rest with his legs.

After the teams swapped possessions, the Lions put together a key scoring drive late in the second quarter to tie up the score before the half. Once again, quarterback Matthew Stafford found his target on a deep pass, this time hitting Nate Burleson for 39 yards down the left side allowing Burleson to run into the end zone and tie up the game.

The Lions defense couldn't hold down the Raiders to end the half though, allowing Carson Palmer to direct the Raiders into field goal range, where kicker Sebastian Janikowski made good on the effort by the offense, knocking in a 46-yard field goal at the end of the half.


Lions Vs. Raiders Score Update: Lions Tie Game On Johnson Touchdown Catch 7-7

The Detroit Lions tied up the score with the Oakland Raiders at 7-7 late in the first quarter when quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with receiver Calving Johnson on a 51-yard scoring strike.

The Lions came up empty on their first two possessions which ended with punts before they put together an eight-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the big play from Johnson. The score answered a touchdown scored by the Raiders on their second possession. The Raiders struck quickly, covering 76 yards in just five plays with the big play coming on first down after Oakland moved into Lions territory. Marcel Reese took a short pass and advanced it 24 yards followed by a Stephen Tulloch personal foul which moved the ball to the 12 yard line.

Speedy receiver Louis Murphy then took the ball around the end for a 12-yard touchdown to get the home crowd going early. Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer is 8 for 10, delivering an efficient passing game so far for the Raiders.


Kevin Smith Injury: Lions RB Questionable According To Week 15 Injury Report

The Detroit Lions will be battling toward a berth in the NFL Playoffs when they play the Oakland Raiders this weekend and, in a surprise move, the majority of the key players will be relatively healthy. The Lions released their final injury report on Friday with Kevin Smith listed as questionable, but numerous reports indicate the running back will start on Sunday.

Smith was limited all week in practice, but that seems to be more of a precautionary measure in hopes that he's able to sustain a couple of hits from the Raiders. The last time Smith played hurt, he was forced to miss a solid portion of the game after re-injuring his ankle.

No players are listed as definitive outs for the Lions, but defensive end Lawrence Jackson and cornerback Aaron Berry are both doubtful to play. Nick Fairley, Louis Delmas, Justin Durant and Eric Smith all join Smith on the questionable list.

Rob Sims, Amari Spievey, Chris Houston and Willie Young are all listed as probable to play against the Raiders.


Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 15: Nick Fairley Status In Question

The Detroit Lions are working toward clinching a berth in the NFL Playoffs in a few weeks, but they can't overlook this weekend's game against the Oakland Raiders. The Lions injury report didn't exactly reveal great news on Thursday, particularly regarding the status of rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Fairley has been hit-or-miss all season as far as his injury status is concerned. Thursday was another miss, unfortunately, as the big man was downgraded from "limited" to "out."

The Detroit News has more on the situation.

Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, after being a limited participant Wednesday, was not on the practice field Thursday. He's dealing with foot soreness and, as he said Wednesday, there will be good days and bad days.

"I come in, get treated in the morning and if it feels right I practice," he said Wednesday. "If not, then I continue with the treatment."

He still hopes to play Sunday.

Starting running back Kevin Smith was upgraded from out to limited after going through position drills on Thursday.


Kevin Smith Injury Update: Lions RB Missed Practice Wednesday

Kevin Smith has been dealing with an ankle sprain for the past few weeks, but the injury is apparently slowly but surely improving. The Detroit Lions first injury report of the week, released on Wednesday afternoon, indicates that the running back could be set for carries this weekend against the Oakland Raiders.

Smith was listed as a Did Not Practice according the official injury report, but Chris McCosky for the Detroit News wrote that "Smith, who appeared to be moving well, worked on the side with a trainer during position drills." The running back was unable to play in this past weekend's victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Chris Houston and Nick Fairley also returned to practice this week after missing the Vikings game, joining Amari Spievey and Willie Young on the "limited" list. Aaron Berry, Louis Delmas, Justin Durant, Lawrence Jackson and Eric Wright were forced to miss all of Wednesday's practice while veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch used it as his usual day of rest.

The Lions are gearing up to play the Oakland Raiders this weekend as they inch closer to clinching a playoff berth.

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