Stafford Gutsy for Lions against Arizona Cardinals

Whenever someone counts out Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions, they might want to think again. Stafford sparked the Lions in the fourth quarter once again en route to a 35-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Stafford completed 29-of-41 passes for 292 yards passing 4 touchdowns and one interception.

In the first quarter, Stafford threw a pick six to Justin Bethel and he returned it 82 yards to the house. Arizona led 10-0 after the first. Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr who finished with 2 catches for 37 yards receiving and one touchdown. Golden Tate was the leading wide out for the Lions with 10 catches for 107 yards receiving. Matt Prater drilled a 56-yard field goal for the Lions before halftime.

Kerwynn Williams scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Cardinals in the third-quarter. David Johnson was very quiet for the Cardinals. He only rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries, but Johnson caught 6 passes for 68 yards receiving. Johnson left the game with an wrist injury. Larry Fitzgerald caught 6 passes for 74 yards receiving for Arizona.

Theo Riddick caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Stafford in the third-quarter. Kenny Golladay caught two touchdown passes for the Lions in the fourth-quarter (10 and 45 yards). Golladay finished with 4 catches for 69 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Miles Killebrew scored on a 35-yard pick six for the Lions as well. Detroit outscored Arizona 20-6 in the fourth-quarter.

Carson Palmer had a rough day. He completed 27-of-48 passes for 269 yards passing one touchdown and 3 interceptions. The Arizona touchdown in the fourth was scored by J.J. Nelson on a one-yard reception.

The Cardinals will travel to face the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday and the Lions will travel to face the New York Giants next Monday Night.

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