Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wrap-up: Giants 28, Lions 20
By Kevin Seifert
Some quick thoughts on the New York Giants' 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions.
What it means: The Lions remained competitive in this game even after losing starting quarterback Shaun Hill with a fractured left forearm and linebacker Zack Follett on a scary collision that forced him to be taken off the field on a backboard. In the end, however, the Lions lost their 24th consecutive road game and dropped to 1-5 on the season. But Lions fans can rejoice: Hill's injury might mean that Matthew Stafford (shoulder) could be back in his starting role sooner than expected.
Follett improving: The Lions released a statement late Sunday night reporting Follett has feeling and movement in all extremities. An MRI and a CAT scan were both negative, and he's resting in a New Jersey hospital.
Turning point: The Lions were trailing 21-17 midway through the fourth quarter and were on the move when receiver Nate Burleson fumbled at the Giants' 42-yard line. Giants tailback Ahmad Bradshaw knocked off a 45-yard on the next play, and two plays later the Giants had a commanding 28-17 lead.
Ignominious mark: The Lions tied their own NFL record for consecutive losses on the road, a mark they first set from 2001-03.
Stanton's usual: As always, No. 3 quarterback Drew Stanton was competitive and energetic in his relief role. He completed 19 of 34 passes, including an 87-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson, but also threw a game-ending interception on a pass too high for a wide-open tight end Brandon Pettigrew. He fumbled three times, losing one. For Stanton, there is always a fine line between passionate play and being out of control.
What's next: The Lions have a bye next weekand and host the Washington Redskins on Oct. 31 at Ford Field.