Detroit led 6-0 after the first quarter, but was unable to add any points during the second quarter. The Lions ran just 14 offensive plays during the second quarter, gaining 43 yards on three possessions. Detroit began the quarter with the ball in Eagles' territory, but Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Nnamdi Asomugha. Stafford completed 6-of-18 passes in the first half for 91 yards. Calvin Johnson was held to just one catch in the first half. While the Lions' passing game struggled in the first half, Detroit ran the ball well, gaining 60 yards on 12 attempts.
The Detroit defense played well in the first half, keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard until late in the first half. The Eagles scored their only touchdown on a nine play, 79-yard drive. Outside of the long drive, Detroit limited Philadelphia to 60 yards.
The Lions struggled with penalties in the first half and were flagged 10 times for 92 yards. Detroit is yet to lead at halftime in any game this season.