The Detroit Lions opened up their final preseason game of 2012 on Thursday evening from Ford Field, and are currently leading the Bills 28-7 after one quarter of play.
Buffalo used a 5-for-5 performance from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to drive down the field in the game's first seven minutes and stun the Lions' defense, and quickly took the lead with a touchdown pass to star Bills receiver Stevie Johnson.
Though he came into the night expecting to only see one series of action, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made the most of his evening by hitting Mikel Leshoure on a swing pass that the second-year pro broke off for 33 yards on his very first pass. Stafford then went up top to star wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a 24-yard touchdown two plays later that tied the game at 7-7, and proved once again that not even two defenders can cover the 6'5", 230-pound athletic freak.
A forced fumble by safety Amari Spievey gave the Lions the ball right back after the Johnson score, which set up an easy touchdown from Leshoure to give Detroit a seven-point lead. A Shaun Hill sneak from a yard away added Detroit's third touchdown of the quarter soon thereafter to make the game 21-7, and sixth-round draft choice Jonte Green picked off Tyler Thigpen and took it 23 yards for a touchdown to bust the game wide open at 28-7.
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