Lions begin the 2017 season with a win:
Judging from their performance in the first quarter on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for Detroit. But after going down 10-0 early, the Lions finished the game outscoring the Cardinals by 22 points during the last three quarters and winning by a final score of 35-23.
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford had an impressive day (292 passing yards, four touchdowns, one interception), but the Lions victory on Sunday had a lot to do with their play on defense. The Lions forced Arizona to turn the ball over four times (three interceptions, one fumble) and even turned one of those turnovers into a touchdown after Detroit defensive back Miles Killebrew snatched a pass out of the air thrown by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer in the fourth quarter and returned it 35 yards into the end zone.
Lions rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay also had himself a nice afternoon against Arizona. The young pass catcher hauled in four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in his very first NFL regular season game, including an incredible, diving 45-yard catch for a score in the fourth quarter.
Detroit is now 1-0 and will have to prepare for their Week 2 matchup in New York against the Giants on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.