Steelers win as Lions collapse in the second half

AP

The Lions may be the favorites to win the NFC North, but they didn’t look like a playoff team today — outside the second quarter.

Despite outscoring Pittsburgh 27-6 in the second quarter, Detroit got destroyed in the other three quarters of the game, squandered a halftime lead and lost 37-27.

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were great in that high-scoring second quarter, but they were nowhere to be found for most of the rest of the game. Amazingly, the Lions never even threw a pass to Megatron in the third quarter after he had reeled off an incredible 163 receiving yards in the second quarter.

For Pittsburgh, the story of the game was Ben Roethlisberger’s ability to pick apart Detroit’s secondary, completing 29 of 45 passes for 367 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those touchdown passes went to Antonio Brown, who finished with 147 receiving yards.

For Detroit, the story of the game was an absolute collapse in the second half, when the defense couldn’t get off the field and the offense only had one sustained drive — and that drive ended with no points when a fake field goal was unsuccessful.

The Lions are still, at 6-4, the leaders in the NFC North, pending the results of the Bears’ and Packers’ games. But if they want to be a playoff team, they’re going to have to play a whole lot better than they did today.

94 responses to “Steelers win as Lions collapse in the second half

  1. Wow I have no idea what schwantz could have possible been thinking on that fake FG. That may be the stupidest call of all time. Love it

  2. The Lions need perfect weather conditions to win because Reggie Bush isn’t built for games like today, but in a dome he’s a huge difference maker.

  3. Until the lions fire jim Swartz who can take a team with some awesome talent (Johnson,Bush,Stafford, Suh) and make them average they will continue to be a non factor

  4. Now that looked like my Steelers!!

    Don’t know if it was rebellion against trade rumors, them finally starting to hit their stride, or the luck of the bumblebees (I love those unis). But they seemed improved across the board against a good Lions team. Just going to bask in the afterglow. Happy Happy!! 😀

  5. Roethlisberger’s best game, from start to finish, since 2007, when he outdueled Aaron Rodgers, 37-36. Today, Roethlisberger was elite. Today, he carried the entire team.
    This win snapped a 12-game losing streak when the Steelers’ defense had allowed 21 or more points. And I fully expect the Steelers to now make the playoffs as the AFC’s sixth seed…
    Great win!!!

  6. Yeah, I guess the second half was more about how the lions failed instead of how the steelers adjusted n shut em down. It’s ok, we’re used to media bias against the steelers. Dysfunction in Pittsburgh you say? An offense that can’t do anything?

  7. I guess warren Sapp was wrong about the 8 sacks Detroit was going to get today. I think warren is still upset about the time he tried to skip thought the steelers pre game warm up on Monday night and Jerome bettis stopped him. 2011 Sapp said steelers wer old, slow, done, steelers make playoffs that year. Despite his NFL half of fame career does anyone take anything Sapp says seriously ?

  8. Schwartz is by far the most ignorant coach in the NFL. And 37 to the steelers is inexcusable. Tired of hearing how great our front 7 is. They are AVERAGE at best people. Same old Lions.

  9. For anyone following this team closely and objectively, today’s result was predictable, though the manner was not. The Lions don’t tackle well, their defensive backs can’t cover and are easily beaten physically, the D line can’t generate much pass rush, the WRs are substandard outside of CJ and Stafford has too many lapses in judgment and accuracy to be counted among the elite. The upper echelon QBs in the league continue to thrive against this defense and today their petulant Head Coach had a brain fart that matches those pulled by holy triumvirate of Ross, Morningweg and Marinelli. They have enough talent to beat the bad, match up with the mediocre but are not true playoff contenders. Best case scenario: One and done.

  10. I am so glad that the long time Steeler fans are happy and have nothing to gripe about against Ben. He does what he does best – he controlled all aspects of the game, he was smart with the ball, extended plays, terrific passes (for the most part). Antonio Brown and Jericho Cotchery were outstanding. Still say the weak link is Sanders. The O line looked good against a weak pass rush. No INTs for Roethlisberger.

    Defense had me worried in the 2nd quarter, but LeBeau, being the genius he is made the necessary adjustments on D, and they brought it in the 2nd half.

    Two out of the three drives that ended with field goals should really have had touchdowns because Ben put the ball in Bell’s hands in the end zone on one, and Miller’s the other.

    If the trade rumors have actually been started by the Steeler’s organization, then I say they are classless for using this as a tool against a QB that has given 110% no matter how bad he’s been beat up due to a lack of protection. Kind of the same as the Arians retirement fiasco.

  11. Deb says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:40 PM
    Now that looked like my Steelers!!

    Don’t know if it was rebellion against trade rumors, them finally starting to hit their stride, or the luck of the bumblebees (I love those unis). But they seemed improved across the board against a good Lions team. Just going to bask in the afterglow. Happy Happy!! 😀

    There it is deb. The heart we were talking about last week. Earlier this year they would have just folded after the 2nd quarter. Dont know how this season will play out but if they put that effort on the field the rest of the way i would be happy.

  12. Shouldn’t the headline read despite awful 2nd QTR, steelers dominate other 3 quarters? Give the steelers some credit, it wasn’t like the steelers had short fields to score with. That last drive was 97 yards.

  13. guess somebody forgot to tell the lions that beating the bears was not the super bowl but in their case it will be as close as they come. the same steelers team the bears demolished early in the season I might add. now comes the fun part of waiting to see how much the dirty lions have to pay in fines this week.

  14. So ball these Detroit promises about the havoc their D-Line was going to wreak on the Steelers O-Line ended up being nothing more than empty threats. Maybe they’re taking this anti-bullying campaign a little too seriously. Ndamukong WHO?!

  15. Steelers better sign Big Ben soon or it will be too expensive. He is remarkable, my hat’s off to him in those conditions.

  16. Great play calling, great quarterbacking, great game all around by the steelers.

    It would be tough to find something to pick on the steelers for, but you did it.

    Here we go steelers here we go!!

  17. For those that aren’t paying attention…the Steelers are 4-1 in the last 5. This wasn’t about the “Lions Collapsing”, it’s about the Steelers being a better team! Even with a below .500 record, the Steelers are better then the rest! Go Steelers!

  18. For anyone following this team closely and objectively, today’s loss was predictable, though the manner was not. The Lions don’t tackle well, their defensive backs can’t cover and are easily beaten physically, the D line can’t generate much pass rush, the WRs are substandard outside of CJ and Stafford has too many lapses in judgment and accuracy to be counted among the elite. The upper echelon QBs in the league continue to thrive against this defense and today their petulant Head Coach had a brain fart that matches those pulled by holy triumvirate of Ross, Morningweg and Marinelli. They have enough talent to beat the bad, match up with the mediocre but are not true playoff contenders. Best case scenario: One and done.

  19. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 17, 2013 4:42 PM
    Aaaaaand we march.
    One day you people will learn.
    This is what we do.
    —————————————————————-
    What you do is disappear every other week. 4-6? Yeah. Perfect. On your way to 8-8. No playoffs and crappy draft pick. Nice.

    See you next year, Stooler.

  20. Seems everyone saw what I saw, Jim Schwartz is just not a good head coach. That fake was one of the most boneheaded calls I’ve ever seen based on the situation. His team is way too talented to be this average year in year out.

  21. The Lions will probably make the playoffs, but I think it is crystal clear that this coaching staff will never take them farther than a 1st round playoff loss. Just like the Chiefs last year…the team has talent, just bad coaching.

  22. As Tomlin said after the game, “. . . They didn’t blink in the locker room at halftime”.

    Win one game at a time.

    Next week the Browns.

  23. The numbers by Stafford could have been MUCH, MUCH worse. We can’t forget the interception drops that Ike Taylor had.
    Those 2 drops would have made a 28 point swing in the score since both drives ended in TD’s for the Lions.
    Can’t believe a NFL corner can have that bad of hands.
    Dropped both balls that were right in his gut. WOW

  24. @jmblosser82 …

    The nice thing about having to watch on RedZone is that the second quarter is kind of a blur, but they seemed to stay on our game through most of the fourth 🙂

    @steelersfanfromtheseventies …

    Yes!! Despite being without Woodley, Keisel, and Sanders–and suffering through that second quarter–they fought on and didn’t lose composure. It’s the first time this year I’ve thought we have a chance to finish with a respectable record!

  25. The fake field goal had nothing to do with the lose, he would not have gotten the first down anyway. Steelers made the plays in second half and if they could score in the red zone would have been no contest at end.

  26. A lions collapse…more like the steelers stuck it to the lions in the second half. Big Ben 4 tds no picks. 37 points, 367 yards passing and a 119 passing rating against the 6-3 mighty lions. I would hardly say he is Pittsburgh problems offensively. All that with no running game. Don’t look now but the Pittsburgh steelers are in the playoff race and with a running game who knows how far this team can go.

  27. This loss was all about the Lions collapsing in the second half. The Steelers are not a good team.

    Also… It wasn’t Schwartz who fumbled. You only question the call because of the fumble. This loss is not on the HC.

    Perform.

  28. bobzilla1001 | Nov 17, 2013, 4:42 PM EST
    Roethlisberger’s best game, from start to finish, since 2007, when he outdueled Aaron Rodgers, 37-36. Today, Roethlisberger was elite. Today, he carried the entire team.
    This win snapped a 12-game losing streak when the Steelers’ defense had allowed 21 or more points. And I fully expect the Steelers to now make the playoffs as the AFC’s sixth seed…
    Great win!!!

    First of all it’s great to read so many happy posts from steeler fans…..just remember thru thick or thin if we win or if we lose …go steelers.

    On a side note I can tell the big prune has a water proof keyboard protector….he had to be crying as he typed his post.

  29. Also Schwartz missed a chance to save a full playclock with a TO that ended up never getting spent in addition to never having any possible chance of saving more time than a full play clock being run down. We had a guarantee chance for full time savings and passed it up for no possible chance to get more as well as some chance to get nothing out of it. Another complete meltdown all day with bad football logic in so many facets of the game. And PIT still gave us chances to win.

  30. Roethlisberger won a shootout! Will wonders never cease?

    This game will be a great memory for the Steelers when they are sitting on their couches watching the playoffs!

  31. And Chicago came thru!!!!! Steelers moving into third place in the AFC North. As long as there’s no let down against the Browns next week, things keep looking up. One game at a time guys, one game at a time!

  32. citizenstrange | Nov 17, 2013, 6:20 PM EST
    Roethlisberger won a shootout! Will wonders never cease?

    This game will be a great memory for the Steelers when they are sitting on their couches watching the playoffs!

    You are not a steeler fan……just a jealous hater. It’s ok you may change when you leave adolescence.

  33. bigfool:
    In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I truly enjoy living inside your head.
    Oh.
    There’s that echo again…

  34. bigfool:
    In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I truly enjoy living inside your head.
    Oh.
    There’s that echo again…

    Big prune, I am so glad I can bring some joy to your obviously unhappy existence which consists of watching steeler games over and over…sounds exciting…a lot like watching grass grow…but hey being an expert is tough…no charge for the echo big prune.

  35. If Ben doesn’t over throw a WIDE OPEN Paulson in the endzon..Miller holds on to his TD catch and Brown holds on to what could have been his 3rd of the day this is a totally different game. Defence laid a egg in the 2nd quarter but the staff made adjustments and BLANKD Megatron the WHOLE 2nd half. The arrogance of the Lions coaches cost them. Maybe not the game but momentum

  36. and this is what happens when you tick Big Ben off. Keep talking about trades and contract talks. Meanwhile, the steelers will keep marching towards the playoffs. Here we go Steelers, Here we go!

  37. Just saw an awesome photo of Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown swapping jerseys after the game. Wish we’d hear more stories like that and fewer about the Richie Incognitos and Jonathan Martins.

  38. What a great win for the team and fans! WOW! Nice to see them score right off the bat, hope that continues. That 97 yard 8+minute drive to take the lead in the fourth quarter was just incredibly exciting to watch unfold. Glad that Ben didn’t have any big mistakes since yet again they couldn’t really run the ball well and were forced to rely on the pass. He had a tough week with all the nonsense about his future, and he apparently didn’t let it bother him. The OL also did a commendable job protecting Ben and it showed in his stats. Cotchery continues to prove he is very valuable to this team, glad we have him.

    During the second quarter when the Lions WRs were running wild and wide open, it was somewhat depressing, but other than that the defense played pretty solid. Taylor and Gay played extremely poorly during that time.

    I am also happy that they didn’t go into prevent defense at the end and give up a bunch of yards. They continued to try to put pressure on Stafford.

    Can’t believe the Lions didn’t take that FG, that was really a dumb decision on their part.

    Nice that the Ravens went down, but too bad the Bengals won. At this point all you can do it take care of your own business and hope someone helps you out down the road. Maybe the Steelers can buy some more briefcases for teams that beat the Bengals!

    Great win Steelers!!

  39. The Vikings are miserable, Rodgers and Cutler are hurt. The division is the Lions for the taking, and they lay an egg against the lowly Steelers.

    Same Old Lions.

  40. Congratulations Steeler fans! Great win.
    See you in the AFC Championship!

    Signed A Raider Fan
    PS:Jim Schwartz is an idiot.
    PSS: I realize the chances of the Steelers and Raiders meeting in the championship this Jan is slim to none, but a guy can dream, can’t he?
    PSSS:Happy the Punk Brothers lost today (otherwise known as Colon Crapernick and Geno Whiff.

    That is all.

  41. Lions still in first, but not for long if they play like they did in the second half. I would like to see a few more blitzes from them. Who cares if they get burned. They get burned anyway. Like the Rams beat the Colts and the Jags beat Titans…The Steelers beat the Lions. It happens.

  42. The Bears are contenders.

    The Lions are pretenders.

    Just as I said last week, they will blow it.

    (side note: if the Lions fire Gym Shorts, they are a perennial contender. He and he alone is the Achilles heal of the team.)

  43. @willnit, the lions played terrible in the first quarter too, the only time they played well was the 2nd quarter.

    Ben was great, run game was terrible, defense was lights out other then the second quarter. At best this team will finish #2 in the AFCN, stuck in a 3 way tie for last with the Browns and Ravens up next can improve the situation.

    The Bengals will bungle themselves out of the playoffs again, the Browns will continue to be the Browns, but at least they fleeced the colts with TRich, and has Flacco even played 1 good complete game?

  44. ravanator says: Nov 17, 2013 3:18 PM

    If you want to watch a good game, flip over to the Ravens game. Steelers and Lions are pathetic!

    #joemontanaflacco
    #steelcitymeltdown
    ————————————————
    Ravens are in last place in the AFC North……just sayin’

  45. LOL at fire Schwartz..if Detroit makes those 2 fourth down conversions he’s a genius and all is good in Motown..Where was Suh? Only time I saw him was on the sideline on his knees or bent over.. Did Fairley even suit up? Lions need Linebackers and a secondary on Defence and help for Johnson on offence

  46. And another 4 TD outing for Big Ben. Despite the clueless musings of Bobzilla, Ben’s perfectly capable of putting up these kind of numbers… IF the offensive coordinator will allow it. You see, what Bobzilla doesn’t get, is that guys like Brady and Manning aren’t held back by “Steeler football,” that brand of ground and pound, avoid airing out ball that the owner decrees is just and right. And Ben of course IS shackled by such an owner-directed philosophy.

    If Ben played for Denver or New Orleans, and enjoyed the cushy protection their QBs enjoy, he’d routinely have days like today. Wake up to reality, Bob. Wake up to reality.

  47. I see that a lot of people are pissed that nobody is giving Pittsburgh credit. I get it. I felt the same way when Tomlin didn’t give Detroit any credit at half time. He said something along the lines of “it’s nothing Detroit did, we just didn’t execute”.

  48. tyrobjenkins says: Nov 17, 2013 10:43 PM

    I see that a lot of people are pissed that nobody is giving Pittsburgh credit. I get it. I felt the same way when Tomlin didn’t give Detroit any credit at half time. He said something along the lines of “it’s nothing Detroit did, we just didn’t execute”.
    ——————————————————–
    If you can check out Tomlin’s press conference Tuesday before the Lions vs Steeler game.
    He mentions almost every defensive player individually and their offensive stand outs and explains how they are great, and the problems they create for other teams.

  49. I just need to know one thing – who the heck was that impersonating Haley on the sidelines? Whoever it was sure knows how to call a game.

  50. What is the big deal about fake field goal? The Steelers Offense still had to go 90 yds in damp weather. That play didnt determine the game, Steelers going 90 yds did.

  51. Congrats to Steeler fans on the win. I am hoping for a good game next week. After watching the second quarter of the Browns game things don’t look good though. I got a good laugh from alchemistcirca1979. Are the Ravens in last or in a three way tie for second? Being the glass 1/2 empty Brows fan I am I am calling it a three way tie for last.

  52. I love that Lions fans are acting like this is a big upset. It was a 3 and 1/2 point spread. I think that is part of the problem. Everyone of the Lions fans think that they are better than what they really are. Sure your coach stinks but did ya watch how many broken tackles the Lions had. If ya stop Calvin from grabbing the blind thrown desperation bombs, you end up beating the one trick pony Lions. Even with our transition team the Lions lose in Pitt. 1955 Baby!!

    Signed
    Truth Hurts

  53. My thoughts on the game:

    1. You can’t single cover Calvin Johnson. Ever. Just don’t. I know you think you can make a play on that crossing route. It doesn’t matter. Calvin Johnson.

    2. The Steelers actually know how to play football. The fact that they took the first half of the season off is that much more frustrating.

    3. While the theories of Ben being shipped to Arizona for draft picks and helping to rebuild the team with cap space make total sense. They also will never happen. If he can play well enough that even Bobzilla is giving him praise, the guy can play.

    4. This team could actually make it to the wildcard game. Yes, they would likely have to win out the season, and that’s a stretch. But it *could* happen.

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