User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Megatron, Lions rally to nip Cowboys 31-30

DETROIT (AP) - Calvin Johnson almost broke an NFL record, and could celebrate the feat because of a comeback capped by his quarterback.

Advertisement
Matthew Stafford's 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Johnson's 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise. Some of them, including linebacker Sean Lee, appeared to expect him to spike the ball.

Johnson's total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989 in a game that went into overtime.

The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys (4-4).

Dallas seemed to set itself up to win three straight to stay alone atop the NFC North when Tony Romo threw his second touchdown - and third overall in the game - to Dez Bryant for 50 yards with 6:45 left for a 27-17 lead.

The Cowboys, though, allowed Reggie Bush to cap a long drive with a 1-yard TD, then had to settle for Dan Bailey's third field goal with 1:02 left.

With no timeouts, the Lions went from their 20 to the Cowboys end zone thanks to a 17-yard pass to Johnson, a 40-yard connection with Kris Durham and Johnson's 14th reception that gave them the ball at the Dallas 1.

Instead of spiking the ball, Stafford took the snap and leaped with his arms extended to beat the team he rooted for growing up in Highland Park, Texas.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2009 was 33 of 48 for 488 yards -his second-highest total - with a 2-yard TD pass to Johnson in the first quarter and two interceptions.

Bush had 92 yards rushing and a score. He had 30 yards receiving on eight receptions, including one on Detroit's last drive.

Romo was 14 of 30, failing to complete half his passes for the first time since 2009, for 209 yards without a turnover.

Dallas began the game without two starters on both sides of the ball: DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin on offense, DeMarcus Ware and J.J. Wilcox on defense.

The Lions struggled to take advantage because they were careless with the ball. Stafford threw two interceptions in the first half to Lee. Bush fumbled early in the third period and Johnson fumbled later in the quarter.

In a matchup of two of the NFL's best passing teams and worst against the pass, punters were on the field twice in the first quarter.

Detroit broke the scoreless tie with 54 seconds left in the quarter when Stafford converted a fourth down with a 2-yard pass to Johnson, who made sure his 87-yard reception during the drive wasn't wasted. Johnson could've and probably should've caught a pass on Detroit's next possession that Lee intercepted.

Bailey made a 53-yard field goal, matching his career high, to make it 7-3.

Stafford didn't seem to see Lee lurking when he was in the perfect position to pick off a short pass at the Cowboys 22 and return it 50 yards. After running on the next play, Romo threw two straight passes to Bryant - after not making him the intended receiver once. Bryant caught the second one with his left hand, pinning it against his shoulder pad for a go-ahead, 5-yard TD with 46 seconds left in the first half.

Bailey kicked another 53-yard field goal to give Dallas a 13-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Despite adding to the lead, Bryant wasn't happy. He flapped his arms and screamed at Romo on the sideline. And after the loss, Bryant was still steaming mad.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
DiNitto: Opening Line Report - SB51
Roberts: Books survive Title 'chalk'
News: Super Bowl LI Opener
Pats open as 3-point favorites in SBLI
Brady leads Pats' rout of Steelers, 36-17
Falcons rout Packers for NFC title
Fitz, Olsen are Man of Year finalists
Redskins promote Manusky to DC
Fire alarm pulled at Steelers' hotel
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
6-1 Playoffs, 15-4 Run, 65% +2,305
6-0 Streak, 17-5 Totals, +1,852 TY
11-1 NFL Guaranteed Streak
4-0 Sunday, 10-1 L11, 21-6 Run
4-0 Sunday, 10-1 L11 Playoff Picks
9-1 L10 G-Plays, 11-4 L15 Picks
10-3 NFL G-Plays This Year
4-1 L5 Picks, 8-2 L10 Guarantees
6-2 Record Last 8 Picks
3-1 Sun., 11-5 L4 Sundays
6-3 L9 NFL Guarantees
26-10 Last 36 Over/Unders
3-1 Sunday, 3-0 Last 3 G-Plays
2-0 Sunday, 5-1 L6 Over/Unders
3-0 L3 Picks, 9-3 L12 Guarantees
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 NFL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Don Anthony + 2305
The Gold Sheet + 1852
Michael Black + 838
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 472
The Gold Sheet + 400
Mark Franco + 400
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Don Anthony 65 %
The Gold Sheet 59 %
Michael Black 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1168
Don Anthony + 967
Andy Iskoe + 665
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1201
The Gold Sheet + 808
Don Anthony + 582
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 1204
Jimmy Boyd + 961
Hank Goldberg + 601
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership