After quarterback Stafford threw his first touchdown pass of the year to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, special-teams mistakes and back-breaking penalties killed Detroit's offensive momentum and put the defense in bad positions.
The Cardinals took the ball to open the contest, but the drive lasted just six plays when Lions safety Tavon Wilson intercepted an overthrown pass by Carson Palmer, intended for running back David Johnson.More news: Death toll mounts to 61 after Mexico's deadliest natural disaster
But Lions fans have also seen plenty of fourth-quarter comebacks, and quarterback Matthew Stafford technically delivered a critical one.
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The Lions offense responded by stalling out again as the game looked to be slipping away, before the defense delivered yet another game-altering turnover. This is Ameer Abdullah's time to shine.
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That's why Kenny Golladay was such an incredible surprise in Detroit's win over Arizona today. He's one of eight players selected in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft who doesn't have a Twitter account. In his first National Football League game, the 6-foot-4, 2018 pound rookie was targeted eight times, and caught four passes for 69 yards and two impressive touchdowns. The rookie did the rest, making an impressive diving grab to put the Lions up 11. They have the weapons on offense to put up points in bunches, and their defense should be much-improved this year as well.