Lions Vs. Rams: Detroit Pulls Out Thrilling Victory In Waning Seconds, 27-23

Detroit's Matthew Stafford found tailback Kevin Smith for a 5-yard touchdown pass with just 10 seconds remaining on Sunday to beat the Rams, 27-23.

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Lions Vs. Rams: NFL Admits There Was Clock Error At End Of Game

The National Football League has confirmed Jeff Fisher's allegation that there was a time-keeping error at the end of Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams.

With the scores tied at 20, Jeff Fisher's Rams held the ball, and planned to run out some more clock before kicking the game-winning field goal. That was the plan, at least.

With 2:38 remaining, the Rams would have to run only one more play before the two-minute warning. But a mistake by the clock operator froze the clock for a few seconds, thereby forcing the Rams to run two plays before the 2:00 mark.

This, essentially, gave Matthew Stafford and the Lions an extra timeout. They then marched down the field and Stafford passed to Kevin Smith for the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining.

Coach Fisher was frustrated, but conceded, "There was an error, I did report it to the league, and that's all I can do."

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Joique Bell On First Career Touchdown: 'Like A Dream Come True'

Down, 3-0, early in the second quarter, the Detroit Lions handed the ball to Joique Bell on the 1-yard line, and he punched it to give the Lions a 7-0 lead. It was the first touchdown of Bell's career.

Joique Bell entered the NFL in 2010 out of Wayne State as an undrafted free agent signed by the Buffalo Bills. Since then, he has also been signed by the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints, but it was not until Sunday's game as a member of the Detroit Lions that he got his first regular season carry. He made it count.

As written by Justin Rogers of MLive.com, Bell took his first NFL carry, darted in for a touchdown, got up running and jumped into the crowd behind the Lions endzone. It was the realization of a dream.

"It was an amazing feeling. Growing up and watching guys jump into the crowd, I always told myself when I get my first regular season NFL touchdown, I'm jumping into the crowd. It was like a dream come true."

Bell's NFL stat line currently stands at one carry for one yard and one touchdown.

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NFL Injury Report: Lions' Bill Bentley Diagnosed With 'Concussion-Like Symptoms'

On Sunday, the Detroit Lions bested the St. Louis Rams in the final seconds to start the season 1-0. Going into the game, they were significantly hampered by injuries, and coming out of it, there was only one casualty. Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley went down with an injury in the third quarter and did not return. At the time, it appeared to be a concussion and that's what it's looking like the day-after, as well.

According to The News-Herald, Bentley was evaluated with a concussion during the game and wasn't allowed to return, though it's unclear if the official diagnosis is a concussion:

"He was evaluated with a concussion and wasn't allowed to return,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. "He had come back the first time where he had been tested, he was getting ready to be cleared and we tested him again.'' Schwartz said he was unsure if Bentley was officially diagnosed with a concussion.

The official diagnosis is important because it will dictate whether or not Bentley has to pass the concussion tests before being cleared to practice. It's a tough injury for the Lions, given the fact that they're pretty thin at the cornerback position. Chris Houston is still banged up and the team let go its true No. 2 corner in Aaron Berry prior to the start of the season for disciplinary reasons.

Aside from Bentley, there's not many other injuries to note on the Lions side. There were a good amount of injuries to the Rams, including Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells, but the Lions only had Bentley of note to worry about.

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Lions Vs. Rams Reaction: Matthew Stafford Played Well When It Mattered

For most of the afternoon, it looked as though the Detroit Lions were going to drop a very disappointing season opener against the St. Louis Rams. But thanks to a last second touchdown from Matthew Stafford to Kevin Smith, the Lions escaped with a victory and now stand at a perfect 1-0.

SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog, Pride Of Detroit, reacted with a "a win is a win" attitude, but admitting that the team must play better moving forward.

There's no doubt that the Lions have to play better going forward, especially next week in primetime against the San Francisco 49ers. However, the important thing about Sunday's game is that the Lions did manage to win despite playing very sloppy. Stafford was off his game for most of the day, but when it mattered most, he locked in and led the Lions down the field for the game-winning touchdown.

The Lions, especially Stafford, were very sloppy. Detroit gave the ball away three times on three interceptions including an one returned for a touchdown by the Rams' Cortland Finnegan. Detroit will now face a team who did not win ugly--the San Francisco 49ers, who defensively dominated the Green Bay Packers.

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Titus Young Benched After Headbutting Rams' Janoris Jenkins

The Detroit Lions pulled it all together in the final 20 seconds to best the St. Louis Rams in their opener on Sunday, taking a 27-23 home victory. One player in particular wasn't on the field for that drive, however: wide receiver Titus Young. According to Pro Football Talk (via the Detroit News), head coach Jim Schwartz benched Young following an unnecessary roughness penalty in which Young headbutted Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

"He didn't do a smart thing," Schwartz said of Young. "We knew what was going to happen in some situations. He and a couple of guys [Jenkins and Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan] were going back and forth, and the whole thing was right in front of me. It looked like he was going to do the right thing and walk away, but at the last second he turned and made a really dumb decision."

The incident occurred near the end of the first half, directly after a pass from Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan for a touchdown. Young was assessed a 15-yard penalty on the play and was gone for the remainder of the game. He finished with one reception for 14 yards and one carry for 11 yards.

This isn't the first time Young has done something like this. He was penalized for a personal foul against the New Orleans Saints in 2011, and was in a fight during training camp with teammate Louis Delmas. It's a worrying trend for Young, who has been warned on multiple occasions. It's unlikely he faces further disciplinary action at this point, but if he makes another mistake, he could be looking at a significantly longer benching and possibly a suspension.

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Bill Bentley Injury: Lions CB Reportedly Suffered Concussion Vs. Rams

One of the most impressive young players on the Detroit Lions' roster, starting first-year cornerback Bill Bentley, left Sunday's game with St. Louis after sustaining a concussion in the third quarter, according to MLive.com's Anwar Richardson.

Bentley, who was tested multiple times on the sideline while his possible return was evaluated, did not give team doctors a clear indication that he was healthy enough to go back on the field. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz noted that his young defensive back was not official diagnosed during the game, but that he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms which led the team to play things safe.

"I don't know if he was officially diagnosed, but we err on the side of caution when it comes to it," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He wasn't unconscious or anything like that where it would have been for sure. But again, if a guy is having any symptoms, we're not going to let him back in the game, and that's what happened with Bill."

An obvious blow to Detroit's already thin secondary if he's forced to miss extended time, Bentley will need to first be cleared by a non-team affiliated doctor in order to have a chance at facing off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football next week.

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Lions Vs. Rams Final Score: Detroit Stuns St. Louis With Late Touchdown, 27-23

It was hardly what head coach Jim Schwartz envisioned entering the weekend, but the Detroit Lions still managed to pull out a thrilling late-second victory over St. Louis on Sunday afternoon, 27-23.

After surrendering a field goal that gave the Rams a 23-20 lead with 1:55 remaining, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford led a once-sputtering offense down the field to keep the team's chances alive. Instead of playing conservatively to set up a game-tying field goal, however, Stafford looked to the air and found tailback Kevin Smith on a wide open 5-yard swing pass to snatch the lead with just 10 seconds left.

With a fast track on the majority of carries while second-year back Mikel Leshoure is suspended, Smith recorded 62 yards on 13 carries with a rushing score to go with his game-winning catch. Star wideout Calvin Johnson was unable to find the endzone despite being targeted for much of the afternoon, but did manage to tally six receptions for 111 yards.

Likely to focus significantly on their turnover issues at practice in the coming days, Stafford and the Lions will face off against the San Francisco 49ers on the road in a pivotal game next Sunday.

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Rams Vs. Lions Score Update: Detroit Ties It Up Going Into Fourth

In a third quarter much cleaner than the first two, the Detroit Lions have tied the game against the St. Louis Rams at 13-13.

Kicker Jason Hanson hit a 45-yard field goal with 9:34 to play in the third quarter to knot it up.

Through three full possessions in the quarter, the Lions gave up only one first down to the Rams. St. Louis only has seven first downs on the day to Detroit's 18.

Lions running back Kevin Smith has 11 carries for 44 yards and quarterback Matt Stafford has 213 yards passing. Stafford has gone 22-for-33 and appears to have shaken off a first half in which he threw three interceptions.

St. Louis has struggled to score without Detroit's help. Quarterback Sam Bradford has completed 10-of-16 of his passes but only has 96 yards through the air. Running back Steven Jackson has 13 carries for 42 yards, but the Rams only have 52 yards on the ground.

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Rams Vs. Lions Score Update: Detroit Trails 13-10 At Half

Matthew Stafford has thrown three first-half interceptions against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and the Rams have taken full advantage of the Detroit Lions' miscues to lead 13-10 at halftime.

The Lions drove 77 yards to the Rams' 3-yard line on their first drive of 2012, but Stafford's pass was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins and returned to the St. Louis 34. The Rams would take advantage, moving to the Detroit 30 for a 48-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein to take a 3-0 lead with two minutes to play in the first quarter.

Stafford and the Lions responded on the next possession, where they went on an 80-yard drive capped by a Joique Bell 1-yard touchdown run.

But another miscue by Stafford again led to a St. Louis field goal. With just more than seven minutes to play in the first half and deep in Rams territory, the Lions quarterback threw a pick to Jo-Lonn Dunbar on a pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew. Dunbar returned the pick to the Detroit 44, and St. Louis drove all the way to the Lions' 6-yard line before stalling and settling for a 29-yard field goal.

To cap off the rough start to the season, Stafford threw a pick-six to Cortland Finnegan two minutes before the half for a 31-yard touchdown.

Detroit's Jason Hanson would kick a 41-yard field goal to bring the game within three points just before the half.

Detroit has outgained St. Louis 231 yards to just 91 in the first half.

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Lions Vs. Rams Inactives: Louis Delmas, Chris Houston Not Playing

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston are the most notable inactive players on the list for this week's game against the St. Louis Rams. Jacob Lacey will start for Houston and John Wendling will start for Delmas, according to the team website.

The Rams were 25th in the league in passing offense last season, so that should help Detroit's depleted secondary.

Other Lions on the inactive list are quarterback Kellen Moore, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, offensive tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard and receiver Ryan Broyles.

The Rams inactive list includes defensive tackles Darell Scott, Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath, running back Terrance Ganaway, offensive linemen Ty Nsekhe and Shelley Smith and safety Darian Stewart.

The teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Lions Vs. Rams: Shannon Eastin Will Become First Female To Officiate NFL Game

Sunday's season-opener in Detroit between the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions has some historical significance too. Larry Lage of the Associated Press reports referee Shannon Eastin will become the first female to officiate a regular season game:

Lage noted that Eastin has 16 years experience as a college official, including in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Tim Twentyman of Lions.com has another tidbit on something notable that could happen in today's game — if Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passes for 160 yards or more, he'll join Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers to throw for more than 8,000 yards in their first 30 career starts.

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Rams Vs. Lions: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

Lions could be working with two brand new starters in defensive backfield against St. Louis Rams.

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Lions Vs. Rams Injury Report: Chris Houston, Louis Delmas Listed As Doubtful

The Detroit Lions will likely open their 2012 season without a couple of key members of the secondary in cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas, according to the team's latest injury report. The St. Louis Rams visit Ford Field on Sunday.

Houston is still recovering from an ankle injury, while Delmas is trying to get back on track following an injured knee. Both are listed as 'doubtful' after missing practice a total of four times each this week.

Coach Jim Schwartz is leaving the door open to possible playing time for each player by making them "doubtful" rather than simply "out," according to the report.

Schwartz noted that since both players are experienced, they have a higher chance of playing on the fly should they make quick enough recoveries. From the article:

Both of them are veteran players; both guys can step in and play with little or no practice time. But we'll just see when we get to Sunday.

If Delmas can't go, John Wendling will start in his place. At the cornerback positions, Jacob Lacey and rookie Bill Bentley will start if Houston isn't in the lineup.

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NFL Picks Week 1: Rams Vs. Lions

The Detroit Lions host the St. Louis Rams in the season opener at 1 p.m. Sunday, and if the NFL Experts at ESPN, Yahoo! Sports and CBS Sports are any indication, the Lions should have little trouble with the Rams.

Experts at all three outlets unanimously picked Detroit to win. 14 analysts at ESPN.com picked the Lions to win. It was one of six games where all 14 agreed that the same team would win.

Three NFL experts at Yahoo! picked the Lions, one of eight teams all three of their experts were in unanimous agreement on.

Eight experts at CBS Sports picked Detroit, one of nine games they all agreed on who would win.

The Lions are coming off a 10-6 season and their first playoff appearance in more than a decade. The team is led by the potent passing attack of Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. St. Louis is coming off a 2-14 season and had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last season.

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Injured Lions CB Chris Houston Does Not Practice Thursday

Unable to practice since Aug. 25, Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston continues to play the waiting game with the nagging ankle injury that has kept him out of action.

"I’m working with the trainers getting better day by day," Houston told The Oakland Press' Paula Pasche after missing Thursday's practice. "Of course I want to be out there with my teammates, but I’ve just got to go through this little process I’m going through right now."

The veteran defensive back was not wearing anything on his ankle for support, but still remains unlikely to suit up on Sunday after missing so much time. The sole Lions players on the team's official Week 1 injury report, Houston and safety Louis Delmas were the only two players to miss practice on Thursday after also sitting out Wednesday.

Houston's absence opens the door for either Drayton Florence or Jacob Lacey to start opposite rookie Bill Bentley at corner against the Rams. The 31-year-old Florence was added over the weekend to provide veteran depth in the midst of all these injuries, and seems to offer the Lions the best short-term option with Houston on the shelf.

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Lions Executives Share Reaction To Death Of Art Modell

Members of the Detroit Lions front office, including owner William Clay Ford, issued statements Thursday reacting to the death of Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell, who passed away at the age of 87.

The statements were very complementary of Modell, who was reviled in Cleveland after he moved the Browns out of the city and took them to Baltimore. Modell would be vindicated when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001, but Browns fans continued to despise him.

Ford said Modell's contributions to the NFL "during his five decades in the game are immeasurable."

Lions president Tom Lewand mentioned Modell's contributions with regard to the AFL-NFL merger and TV exposure the league has received, which is at an all-time high.

And then there was senior personnel executive James Harris, who worked for Modell in Baltimore as the team's director of pro personnel:

"Genuine is a word I would use to describe Art. He was a special, special man," Harris said. "And, it's a shame he is not in the Hall of Fame. He belongs there, and a lot of us know that."

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Week 1 NFL Picks: Rams Vs. Lions

The Detroit Lions host the St. Louis Rams at 1 p.m. Sunday to open their 2012 NFL season. The Lions are looking to build on a 2011 season, which saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The Lions saw big improvements on both sides of the ball with an offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and a defense anchored by Ndamukong Suh. The Rams and new head coach Jeff Fisher are hoping to emulate the Lions with a quick turnaround of their own this season. Under Fisher, the Rams hope to turn around a 2-14 2011 season behind quarterback Sam Bradford and a improved defense.

The Rams' secondary should be improved with the additions of Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins, but they will still have problems with the Lions' dangerous passing attack that ranked fourth in yards in 2011.

Final score prediction: Lions 27, Rams 16

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Week 1 NFL Odds: Rams Vs. Lions, Detroit Listed As Heavy Favorite For Opener

The Detroit Lions are favorites for their Week 1 matchup against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The line opened with the Lions favored by 9 points, but it has since moved down and now Detroit is listed as a 7-point favorite on some sites, a 7.5-point favorite on other sites and a 9-point favorite on 5Dimes.eu (all odds sites are listed on OddsShark.com). The over/under for the game is currently listed at 45.5 points.

The Rams are looking for a fresh start after a 2-14 season, but new head coach Jeff Fisher has plenty of work to do -- especially on defense -- if the Rams want to return to the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Lions are bringing back one of the most explosive offensive units in the NFL, and they will look to take advantage of a weak Rams defense.

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Lions Vs. Rams: Louis Delmas, Chris Houston Among 5 Names On Week 1 Injury Report

With both Louis Delmas and Chris Houston nursing injuries heading into Sunday's opener, the Detroit Lions will need to be sharp on the back end against a West Coast-oriented St. Louis offense to open the year on the right foot. Thankfully for the Lions though, the two star defensive backs are the only Lions players listed on the official Week 1 injury report.

Neither player was able to practice on Wednesday as each guy remains completely unlikely to suit up for Sunday's game. Delmas, a four-year pro from Western Michigan, was expected to take the next step at the safety position this fall with an improved defense around him before suffering a knee injury in camp. Houston has yet to practice since late August with a nagging ankle injury and is also facing an uncertain timetable of his own.

Currently dealing with a trio of defensive tackles listed on their injury report, Michael Brockers, Matthew Conrath and Darell Scott, the Rams should still be fully healthy on the offensive side of the ball to kick off the season. With quarterback Sam Bradford seeking to bounce back after playing in only 10 games a year ago, the third-year signal caller knows full well that he will face a stout test against Ndamukong Suh and a penetrating Detroit defensive line.

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Lions Vs. Rams: Detroit Kicks Off 2012 Regular Season

Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions do battle with Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 of the regular season.

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Lions vs. Rams: Louis Delmas, Chris Houston Miss Wednesday's Practice

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston both missed practice Wednesday, with just days to go before the team's season opener against the St. Louis Rams.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the two players missed the open portion of practice, the part that the media is allowed to watch. Their status is in doubt for Sunday's opener.

The Lions were hoping Delmas would be OK to practice after minor knee surgery about a month ago. Detroit has had special teams captain John Wendling start in Delmas' place all preseason, so that transition should go smoothly.

Houston's absence -- due to a sprained ankle -- means the Lions could go with a three-man rotation at cornerback, including newly signed Drayton Florence. How that group matches up against Rams third-year quarterback Sam Bradford, who doesn't have a big-name target to throw to, remains to be seen.

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NFL 2012 Schedule: Lions Face Rams In Opening Week

The Detroit Lions have high expectations for the 2012 season, but they should get off to a relatively easy start in Week 1. That's because they'll be opening the season against the St. Louis Rams, owners of a 2-and-14 2011 record and a team that has undergone changes across the coaching staff. Anything can happen in the NFL, of course, but it would be hard for the Lions to have drawn a more pleasing opening day matchup.

That is the case, too, across most of the NFC North. The Chicago Bears, for instance, will host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. The Colts are expected to be significantly better this season, but quarterback Andrew Luck will still be starting his first regular season NFL game ever. The Minnesota Vikings will be hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have relegated Maurice Jones-Drew to third-down duty after the back held out for all of camp.

The lone exception is the Green Bay Packers, who will welcome the San Francisco 49ers to Lambeau. It will be a good test for the two teams, both of which have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.

For this week's full slate of games, check out SI.com's weekly schedule.

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Drayton Florence Takes First-Team Reps For Lions On Monday

It will probably take a couple of offseasons for the Detroit Lions to actually fix the issues they have at the cornerback position, but the team is doing what it can to get the best players they can ready and on the field. The team recently signed veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, and after one practice, they've got him taking first-team reps at cornerback, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

"I was shocked, but he's out there making calls," linebacker Justin Durant said. "He's been playing a long time, he knows what he's doing. I've got confidence in him. Everybody here knows who he is so once he gets our terminology down I know he's going to be good."

Florence took reps at the right cornerback position opposite rookie Bill Bentley. Jacob Lacey played the nickel position in practice. Starter Chris Houston is nursing a sprained ankle, so Florence is likely to get some playing time and, if the starting role in practice works out, occupy that right cornerback start when the regular season gets underway.

He still feels he's got a lot to offer the Lions, after the Denver Broncos released him by surprise as part of their roster cuts on Friday to get to the official limit of 53 players. He's a nine-year veteran, and according to the piece, he picked the Lions because it gave him the best opportunity to play due to their depth situation. That's definitely a good sign for a 31-year-old player at this point.

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