ARLINGTON, Texas – Matthew Stafford took the final snap, dropped to a knee and tucked the ball under his jersey for safekeeping.
He wanted a souvenir to remind him of his first NFL game in his hometown – not that he, or anyone else involved, is likely to forget this one.
A week after turning a 20-point halftime deficit into an overtime win, the Lions provided further proof they’re a legitimate contender by turning a 24-point, third-quarter deficit into a 34-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Detroit’s defense started the rally with interceptions returned for touchdowns on consecutive drives, then Stafford and Calvin Johnson took over, hooking up for a pair of touchdowns in the final period, including a 2-yarder for the winning points with 1:39 left.
“It’s crazy how it happens,” Stafford said. “When it was 27-3, we knew we had to start making plays. Once we did, we started catching fire.”
Detroit is 4-0 and has won an NFL-best eight straight games. This also was its franchise-record fifth straight road win, avenging a loss here last November that had been its NFL-record 26th straight road loss.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys (2-2) continued to show there’s no lead and no deficit too big for them. They blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead for the first time in franchise history in the opener, and this was their largest lead blown in a loss in franchise history. Dallas’ previous biggest blown lead was 21 against Washington on Nov. 28, 1965.
“Today and over the next week or two, it’s going to be difficult to look back at it, but at some point here, we’re going to move on,” Romo said.
Dal—Bryant 25 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal—Bryant 6 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Dal—FG Bailey 41
Det—FG Hanson 33
Dal—FG Bailey 35
Dal—Witten 1 pass from Romo (Bailey kick)
Det—Carpenter 34 interception return (Hanson kick)
Det—Houston 56 interception return (Hanson kick)
Dal—FG Bailey 23
Det—Johnson 23 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick)
Det—FG Hanson 51
Det—Johnson 2 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick)
|Total Net Yards||303||434|
|Time of Poss||23:21||36:39|
RUSHING—Detroit, Best 11-47, K.Williams 4-14, Logan 1-3, Stafford 1-(minus 1). Dallas, Jones 16-57, Choice 6-39, Murray 4-12, Bryant 1-5.
PASSING—Detroit, Stafford 21-43-1-240. Dallas, Romo 34-47-3-331.
RECEIVING—Detroit, Johnson 8-96, Pettigrew 6-64, T.Young 3-41, Best 2-23, Burleson 2-16. Dallas, Witten 8-94, Robinson 7-116, Jones 5-19, Choice 4-23, Bryant 3-37, Phillips 3-8, Bennett 2-22, Ogletree 1-13, Murray 1-(minus 1).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.