Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans corner back Tommie Campbell (37) returns a kick for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Lions Vs. Titans: Detroit Amazingly Comes Back Only To Lose In Overtime

The Detroit Lions lost an unbelievable game on Sunday to the Tennessee Titans in overtime. The Lions scored a pair of TDs in the final 18 seconds to send it to overtime, but Tennessee ultimately won in the extra session.

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Lions Vs. Titans 2012: Detroit Struggles In All 3 Phases

The Detroit Lions nearly pulled off an improbable comeback win against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but they ultimately came up short in overtime. SB Nation's Pride Of Detroit saw plenty of problems that will need to be addressed in the coming days and weeks if the Lions are to get back on the right track:

The offense can't keep having to settle for field goals going forward, just as the defense can't keep letting teams get big pass plays or extend drives with bad penalties. And don't even get me started on the special teams coverage units.

Related: Matthew Stafford Scheduled To Have MRI On Right Leg On Monday

The Lions settled for three field goals in the first half and were forced to kick four in the game. They committed 10 penalties on the day and also allowed Tennessee to pile up well over 400 yards of offense.

Detroit hosts Minnesota in Week 4.

For more on Sunday's game, stay tuned to SB Nation Detroit. For more in-depth coverage, be sure to check out Lions blog Pride Of Detroit. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL hub.


Lions Vs. Titans: Tennessee Wins A Wild One In Overtime

A wild game that included a converted hail mary and six touchdowns of 40 yards or more ended with the Tennessee Titans winning a 44-41 overtime thriller against the Detroit Lions.

Titans kicker Rob Bironas finished off the first possession in overtime with a 26-yard field goal to put Tennessee ahead. Going for the win, the Lions failed to convert a 4th-and-short quarterback sneak on the Titans' 7-yard line to seal Tennessee's victory.

Tennessee's Nate Washington took a 71-yard pass from Jake Locker to the end zone with three and a half minutes left in the game to break a 27-all tie, but Detroit had quarterback Matt Stafford pushing the offense quickly down the field.

On a 6-yard pass on the Titans' 28-yard line, tight end Brandon Pettigrew fumbled. Titans cornerback Alterraun Vernerwent 72 yards the other way to put Tennessee up by two touchdowns and seemingly guarantee its victory.

Making matters worse, Stafford strained a leg muscle trying to chase down the fumble return.

Big plays by the Titans were the theme of the day. But so too was Detroit making comebacks from each blow. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill led a late scoring drive for the Lions in place of the injured Stafford, going 80 yards in 50 seconds to bring Detroit within a touchdown, 41-34. Detroit attempted and succeeded with an onside kick, and after one incomplete pass from the Tennessee 46, Hill found Titus Young for a 46-yard hail mary touchdown with six seconds left to force overtime.

The big winner: Rob Bironas

The Titans' placekicker had a streak of 18 consecutive made field goals coming into today's game. He missed two in regulation that would have given Tennessee the slight edge to stave off Detroit's will to make a comeback, but he made things right by nailing the biggest kick that turned into the winning points.

The big loser: The Detroit offensive line

Ending the game, a quarterback sneak that would have given the Lions the ball inside the Titans' 7-yard line with a 1st-and-goal failed to get the short yardage. Instead of an opportunity to win, Jim Schwartz's decision cost the Lions.

Fantasy outlook: Jake Locker

While Stafford is perhaps the face of the young quarterback, Locker had a career day. He bettered Stafford's solid outing of 278 yards on 33-of-42 passing by throwing for his first 300-plus day. Locker finished with 378 yards on 29-of-42 passing for two touchdowns and no interceptions.

What's on the schedule?

The Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings next week at Ford Field while the Titans visit the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

For more on the Detroit Lions, check out Pride Of Detroit. Take a look at Music City Miracles for more on the Titans. You can also hit up SB Nation's NFL hub or SB Nation's fantasy hub for analysis to help out your fantasy team.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Lions' QB Leaves After Hurting Leg

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was taken out of today's game late with a strained leg muscle, caused when Stafford attempted to run down a fumble. In his absence, veteran journeyman Shaun Hill has taken over, and is attemting to lead a late comeback against the Tennessee Titans, after tying the score as the clock expired on a late Hail Mary TD pass to Titus Young.

Prior to the injury Stafford was 22-for-42, passing for 278 yards, and a touchdown. Detroit's offense was playing well, but they struggled on special teams, which led to a large Tennessee lead on two kick returns for touchdowns.

Normally the Lions would be dead to rights without Stafford, but Hill threw two touchdown passes within the final 18 seconds to take the game to overtime, where the two teams currently reside.

We have no update on the severity of Stafford's injury, though it didn't appear to be serious when he left the game.

Stay in this storystream for all your NFL info today. For more on the Detroit Lions, check out Pride of Detroit.

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Lions Roster Update: Kevin Barnes Released, Jerome Murphy Claimed

Hoping to bolster their secondary after Sunday's loss to San Francisco, the Detroit Lions waived corner Kevin Barnes on Tuesday in order to claim Saints defensive back Jerome Murphy off waivers according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.

Barnes was added in an Aug. 27 trade with Washington due to Detroit's glaring need for bodies in its defensive backfield, but clearly did not blow the coaching staff away despite only seeing 14 snaps against the 49ers.The 26-year-old cornerback was a third-round selection out of Maryland in 2009 and has recorded three career interceptions.

The thought of adding the 6'0, 200-pound Murphy clearly intrigued the Lions enough to make this move, as the organization obviously felt that his long-term potential outweighed that of Barnes'. Aside from the fact that Murphy, a former standout at South Florida, was recently released by the Saints following their loss to Carolina over the weekend, the youngster will at the very least offer plenty of speed for a secondary that can't seem to stay healthy.

Be sure to visit Pride of Detroit for more Lions football coverage, and check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more news and analysis from around the league.

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