Sunday, October 2, 2011
Lions, 4-0, give Cowboys worst loss ever
The Detroit Lions overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Dallas Cowboys a week after coming back to win from a 20-point deficit last week. With the 34-30 road win the Lions improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1980 and have won eight straight regular-season games for the first time since a nine-game streak over the 1953-54 seasons.
It’s the largest blown lead in Cowboys franchise history, and it’s tied for the second-largest blown fourth-quarter lead (13). The only time the Cowboys blew a larger fourth-quarter lead was in Week 1 of this season, when they led the New York Jets by 14 in the final quarter.
Calvin Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, his fourth consecutive game with two touchdown catches. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first player in NFL history with at least two touchdown receptions in each of a team’s first four games of a season.
He’s the second player (Cris Carter in 1995) with at least two touchdown catches in four straight games in a single season and his eight touchdown receptions are tied for the most all-time in a team’s first four games of a season.
Tony Romo threw three touchdowns, his 20th career game with at least three touchdown passes, tying Danny White for the most such games in franchise history. Romo also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, the first time he’s done that since 2007 in Buffalo.
The last Cowboys QB to do that at home was Ryan Leaf in a 2001 loss to the Eagles. All five of Romo’s picks this season have come in the second half.
The Lions returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game for just the second time since 1977. They’ve outscored their opponents 92-20 in the second half and overtime this season.
Sunday was the second straight day that a Texas team lost a big halftime lead.
On Saturday in the same stadium, Texas A&M led Arkansas by 18 at halftime and would up losing the game 42-38. The Cowboys led the Lions 20-3 at halftime Sunday and made it 27-3 early in the third quarter.
The Lions used their defense to get themselves back in the game. After allowing Tony Romo’s third touchdown early in the third quarter, they used a four-man rush to pick off Romo three times, returning two of them for touchdowns.