Late Touchdown From Matthew Stafford Gives Detroit Lions Victory Over Oakland Raiders

The Detroit Lions played host to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday morning and came away with their second straight victory. Leading the way in the 18-13 win for Detroit was Matthew Stafford, who went 22-for-35 with 282 yards and a rushing touchdown.

After tight end Eric Ebron dropped a beautiful end zone pass from Stafford, the Lions were forced to kick a field goal. Later in the game, Stafford missed Ameer Abdullah in the end zone. Matt Prater made it from 29 yards out to give the Lions a 3-0 lead over the Raiders with 7:54 left in the first quarter. It took them just over seven minutes to complete the drive. 

"I missed Ameer by 6 inches," Stafford recalled. "The one to Ebron, we got to come down with it."

Just before the first quarter finished, Prater was back at it with his leg. The 31-year-old cashed in on a 41-yard field goal to put the Lions ahead of the Raiders by six.

With 21 seconds left in the first half, Stafford found superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a 36-yard gain to the Raiders 39-yard line, which helped set up the third field goal of the game. 

Prater made it a 9-0 lead for Detroit with a 51-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights with two seconds left in the first half. 

Oakland finally got on the board with 10:24 to play in the third on a one-yard touchdown carry from Latavius Murray into the end zone. The score trimmed the Lions lead to two, 9-7. 

The touchdown was followed by back-to-back field goals from Sebastian Janikowski to give the Raiders a 13-9 lead over the Lions. The first was from 48 and the other was a 56-yard field goal, both in the third quarter. 

In the fourth quarter, Stafford snuck the ball into the end zone with 11:04 left to play. The score put Detroit on top, 16-13.

"He had some timely runs," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "And, that was a good decision on the touchdown because he had a couple other options there. I think teams underestimate how quick he is."

"I just call him Sweet Feet," Lions running back Theo Riddick joked. "He's not the fastest guy, he's not the quickest, but he makes plays."

Just four minutes later, the Lions picked up a team safety to make it 18-13. The defense stepped up to finish things out at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.