Final

Lions 27

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Ravens 12

(1-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

8:00 PM ET, August 17, 2012

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 17 0 1027
BAL 3 6 0 312

Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson connect as Lions tame Ravens

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson appeared in midseason form against a Baltimore Ravens defense still in preseason mode.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes, and Johnson had five catches for 111 yards to help the Lions cruise to a 27-12 victory on Friday night.

Stafford went 12 for 17 for 184 yards in four possessions. He failed to produce a score in three drives last week against Cleveland, then came up empty in his first two series against Baltimore before guiding touchdown drives of 93 and 70 yards.

"We got into a little bit of a rhythm," Stafford said. "When we kind of figured out what they were doing, we went out and executed."

That 93-yard drive took only five plays, three of them completions to Johnson for 83 yards. On the last one, Johnson made an excellent catch over cornerback Jimmy Smith in the end zone on an 18-yard score.

"We see that same coverage out there, our mouths start to water, we get hungry," Johnson said. "They were blitzing a lot so we left their corners, their DBs, on an island. That's what we look for."

Covering Johnson is no easy task, as evidenced by his numbers last year: 96 catches, 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.

"You're talking about a person who should probably be running track, but he chose football," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. "He's a mismatch for a lot of people. The bottom line is you've just got to make him earn his check. Today, he earned his money."

Safety Bernard Pollard added, "The biggest thing with Calvin Johnson is he understands and knows where everybody is at, and he has a quarterback who doesn't care where anybody is at. He is a talent on the field, and he has a special gift."

Stafford also connected with Titus Young for a 24-yard score to help Detroit take a 17-9 halftime lead.

Operating under first-year coordinator Dean Pees, Baltimore's defense gave up 254 yards in the first half and a whopping 507 overall. The Ravens are trying to rebound from an offseason injury to linebacker Terrell Suggs and the loss of free agents Cory Redding and Jarret Johnson.

"We have to complete plays, not just be in position to make them," Pees said at halftime. "Communication still isn't where we want it to be. We need to get better, and we will."

Baltimore's points came on four field goals, two apiece by Billy Cundiff and Justin Tucker.

The Ravens had two kick returns for touchdowns called back because of penalties. Deonte Thompson had a second-quarter kickoff return nullified, and Asa Jackson's punt return in the third quarter was wiped out.

Replacement officials called 20 penalties for 177 yards, including 13 infractions for 123 yards before halftime.

Joe Flacco went 7 for 12 for 79 yards and led the Ravens to a pair of field goals before leaving early in the second quarter. Ray Rice played only two series, gaining 12 yards on five carries and catching two passes for 11 yards.

"You're not going to peak real early, it's August," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We're growing in some areas. We're not doing everything we're going to do."

After getting to midfield on their first possession, the Ravens then moved 60 yards before Cundiff kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Flacco went 4 for 7 for 43 yards on the drive, which was aided by a roughing-the-passer call on Nick Fairley.

On Baltimore's third possession, Jacoby Jones ran 35 yards on a reverse, and Detroit's Justin Durant was called for a facemask penalty to set up a 50-yard field goal by Tucker for a 6-0 lead.

Stafford put the Lions ahead with his touchdown pass to Johnson, and in his final series the quarterback completed passes to four receivers in a march that ended with Young diving into the end zone on a third-and-4 play.

The Lions were without running backs Jahvid Best (concussion) and Mikel Leshoure (hamstring). Kevin Smith started and ran for 11 yards on four carries, and reserve Stephfon Green went 76 yards for a touchdown with 43 seconds left.

Backup Stefan Logan was carted off the field in the second quarter with an ankle injury after colliding with Stafford on a handoff. X-rays were negative.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
BAL
1st Downs2226
Passing 1st downs
1515
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from Penalties
34
3rd down efficiency
6-142-15
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7280
Total Yards507343
Yards per play7.04.3
Total Drives1215
Passing341221
Comp - Att
29-4525-54
Yards per pass
7.64.1
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-02-9
Rushing166122
Rushing Attempts
2724
Yards per rush
6.15.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-20-1
Penalties11-989-79
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:0727:53

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford12/1718410.8200-0
Moore10/15966.4000-0
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Painter10/20864.3010-0
Flacco7/12796.6001-3

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green69215.3176
Bell5357.0020
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor7608.6011
Jones13535.0035

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson511122.21577
Bell34414.70234
BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Berry6599.80156
Boldin23115.50202

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETBAL
balFG04:50Billy Cundiff 33 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERDETBAL
balFG14:06Justin Tucker 50 Yd 06
detTD12:20Calvin Johnson 18 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 76
detTD07:51Titus Young 24 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 146
balFG05:25Billy Cundiff 44 Yd 149
detFG00:41Jason Hanson 50 Yd 179
FOURTH QUARTERDETBAL
detFG04:27Derek Dimke 31 Yd 209
balFG02:13Justin Tucker 45 Yd 2012
detTD00:43Stephfon Green 76 Yd Run (Derek Dimke Kick) 2712