NFC North: Zack Miller
October, 28, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
A few thoughts on the Detroit Lions' 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field:
What it means: The Lions improved to 3-4, and all three victories this season have required a fourth-quarter comeback. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing, but as we've said many times, you're a fool to count out this team if its late-game deficit is at all manageable.
Comeback king: Quarterback Matthew Stafford played his best game of the season, completing 34 of 49 passes for 342 yards. He threw for three touchdowns, including the game winner to receiver Titus Young with 20 seconds remaining, and also ran for a touchdown. His composure on the Lions' final drive -- a 16-play, 80-yard monster over five minutes, seven seconds -- was incredible. And here is a nearly unbelievable statistic: Stafford has won 16 career starts, and eight of them have required a fourth-quarter comeback. (He put together a total of nine game-winning drives.)
YoungWatch: We finally saw Young live up to the hype surrounding him after training camp. In the Lions' first game without veteran Nate Burleson, he stepped up for nine catches, 100 yards and two scores -- the game winner and also a 46-yarder down the seam in the second quarter. I wasn't a huge fan of his extended celebrations after the scores, but I understand it's been a frustrating year for him. Young's performance helped mitigate a quiet game from Calvin Johnson, who caught three passes and dropped a sure touchdown four plays before Young's game winner.
Injury report: Safety Louis Delmas did not return after injuring his left knee -- the same knee that required surgery in August -- in the third quarter. The Lions finished the game with Erik Coleman and Ricardo Silva (replacing Amari Spievey) at safety. The Seahawks did a nice job targeting some other injury replacements. Receiver Sidney Rice beat cornerback Alphonso Smith for a touchdown; Smith was playing because Jacob Lacey and Bill Bentley were out. Meanwhile, tight end Zach Miller's 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter came against linebacker Ashlee Palmer, who started for the injured DeAndre Levy, to give the Seahawks a 24-21 lead.
What's next: The Lions will play at the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.