Skip to content

Lions collapse, then come back to win a wild one in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) runs for a first down against the Detroit Lions during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) AP

For the second straight season, the Lions opened up a 21-3 lead in the second quarter of Week One, then watched that lead evaporate. Only this time, the Lions won.

Today in Indianapolis, the Lions stormed ahead 21-3 in the second quarter but collapsed down the stretch and fell behind 35-34 with less than a minute left. But then Matthew Stafford marched them down the field and Matthew Prater drilled a 43-yard game-winner. On the ensuing kickoff the Colts ended up scoring a safety while attempting a Stanford Band type play, giving the Lions a dramatic 39-35 win. (In Week One of last year the Lions lost to the Chargers after taking a 21-3 lead.)

The win came despite an ugly performance by the Lions’ defense, which allowed Andrew Luck to complete 31 of 47 passes for 385 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. And it was also ugly for the Lions’ special teams when they took a 34-28 lead in the fourth quarter only to see Prater miss the extra point, which nearly turned out to be the difference.

The Lions’ offense made plenty of plays, benefitting from the fact that the Colts’ already injury-depleted secondary was badly banged up during the game. Indianapolis defensive backs T.J. Green, Patrick Robinson and Winston Guy all had to exit with injuries. Matthew Stafford went over 300 yards and threw three touchdown passes.

But Luck was even better, shaking off some early struggles with the Lions’ pass rush and running the offense almost flawlessly late in the game. When the Lions missed that fourth quarter extra point, everyone in the stadium had to expect that Luck would march the Colts down the field for a 35-34 lead, and that’s exactly what he did.

This time, however, the Lions had enough left after that 35-34 deficit to come back and win the game. It was a major statement for the Lions, and a major disappointment for the Colts.

Permalink 59 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
59 Responses to “Lions collapse, then come back to win a wild one in Indianapolis”
  1. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    LOL Colts.
    πŸ™‚

    #CharminySoft

  2. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 11, 2016 7:51 PM

    Tee heeπŸ™‚ Dolts fans actually thought they were going to win that game.
    πŸ™‚

  3. nhpats says: Sep 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    The Colts should have run the swinging gate play!

  4. terripet says: Sep 11, 2016 7:53 PM

    Luck will never win with Pagano as the coach fire him asap. Kicking out of the end zone instead of letting them return it with 37 seconds left what a joke

  5. manderson4150 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:54 PM

    As a Lion’s follower for 51 years this is a win….l don’t care if the defense gave up 10,000 to Luck, the Lions despite themselves, WON THE GAME.

  6. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 11, 2016 7:55 PM

    Grigson is looking foe someone/something to blame the loss on. Look in the mirror, pal. You may have cost your team a chance at a participation banner.

  7. tylawspick6 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:56 PM

    Caldwell is lucky to be employed. I would imagine he is on a very short leash in Denver.

    The fact this game was even close with Indy being so bad, is disturbing.

  8. truthfactory says: Sep 11, 2016 7:58 PM

    Luck will be P. Manning 2.0. Great QB, on a completely terrible team and clueless coaching staff.

  9. coltsreign says: Sep 11, 2016 7:58 PM

    I have to say, that was a good game honestly, I wish we had run it instead of that go ahead pass as we could have drained the clock to 30 or 20 seconds. Oh well, nice job chud for putting 35 on the board.

    The thing that made me mad the most….
    “AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK”
    Giants at Cowboys.
    That game was bad offense and a massive waste of time. 100 million in guaranteed money for a 1 point victory?

    Glad I’m not a giantsfan. SMH right now because that was all that was on my fox affiliate.

    Back to the point: Great game Lions, you pulled through, Colts didnt.

  10. tylawspick6 says: Sep 11, 2016 7:58 PM

    ^^In Detroit, I meant. Duh

  11. nhpats says: Sep 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    The Colts will battle the Tirans for last place in the division…..and Grigson will hang a banner..

  12. infectorman says: Sep 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Lol, soooo great to see the curse of cry baby gate still active in full force.
    A heartbreaking loss for the biggest cheating franchise of modernr times. Suck for Luck dwarfs all other cheating g infraction s by billions of light years.
    More pain and misery in store for the “everyone gets a banner” team

    Dolts*********

  13. mogogo1 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    “Caldwell is lucky to be employed. I would imagine he is on a very short leash in Denver.”
    _______

    No doubt it’s about time he got fired by the Broncos. He’s literally never even around the team.

  14. lingsun54 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Theo Riddick had 108 combined yards for the game. He had about 800 all of last year.

  15. realfootballfan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:03 PM

    Andrew Luck in Grigson purgatory. Get that man some help. The Colt defense is horrific.

  16. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 11, 2016 8:04 PM

    I wonder how many points the Patriots could hang on the Charminy soft Dolts if Tom Brady really did deflate footballs.πŸ™‚

    I say at least 90.

    Discuss
    πŸ™‚

  17. 12444uggg says: Sep 11, 2016 8:05 PM

    The Colts offense is fine. It’ll probably will out 9 maybe 10 wins despite the horror flick that is their D. Just blah. If the Lions offense wasn’t just ok, they’d have shut the door on that come back.

  18. tajuara says: Sep 11, 2016 8:06 PM

    Colt’s players couldn’t make a tackle even if their lives depend on it, very poor effort, how Grigson and Pagano still have jobs is beyond me

  19. nhpats says: Sep 11, 2016 8:09 PM

    Why would Luck resign with the Colts? What the heck was he thinking…..he could have been leading the Broncos next season….

  20. mistyzhang says: Sep 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    Just came here to tell you guys Stafford is elite! Later y’all

  21. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 11, 2016 8:11 PM

    why the frick did Indy use those time outs with 40 secs on the 10…seriously…said ‘that might haunt them’…wow.

  22. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    These cheat fans are absolute basement dwelling losers lol.

  23. mehls25 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:12 PM

    Well at least the Colts management and Pagano can say the defense looks better?! Good thing they made a change. Missing Manusky!

  24. thepackerpoet says: Sep 11, 2016 8:14 PM

    I’m so tired of the Lions getting so lucky. They always get the refs on their side. Packers have to earn their wins the hard way and overcome bad calls.

  25. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 11, 2016 8:16 PM

    “Colts Week 1 Finalist”
    πŸ™‚

  26. spcoltrane says: Sep 11, 2016 8:20 PM

    Lions fan here. 21-3 in 2nd quarter looked promising, Stafford spread the ball around a lot (8 different targets), nice running game from Abdullah, Riddick, and Washington; haven’t checked the stats yet to see avg yards/carry, but it looked positive. Odd not to see Megatron on the field, but I think they’ll survive without him, with several other players picking up the slack on the offence. Lions’ secondary is of concern – end zone passes by Luck were WAY too easy. Lions will have to tighten that up to survive the season, esp. against Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, etc.

    Good comeback by the Colts to make it a close game. Couldn’t believe first shank in 10 years by Prater, but really nice comeback in final 40 seconds by Lions. Lots of lessons to be learned and carried forward into the rest of the season.

    Hope the injured Colts are alright and can get back on the field next week. Thanks for a fun game.

  27. fatsolio says: Sep 11, 2016 8:23 PM

    Why does this writer correctly say the Lions D was junk and then start gushing on Luck?

    “When the Lions missed that fourth quarter extra point, everyone in the stadium had to expect that Luck would march the Colts down the field for a 35-34 lead, and that’s exactly what he did.”

    Yes, I expect pretty good QBs to be able to march down the field against lousy defenses like what Detroit showed today. Has almost nothing to do with the QB but the fact the defenses are garbage.

  28. realfootballfan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:24 PM

    The Colts just need to draft offensive linemen and defensive players exclusively for 2 years. They might want to get a new GM to do the evaluating first though.

  29. Ivan Pavlov says: Sep 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    We caught the end of the game after Giants-Cowboys.

    I liked the leadership Stafford showed on that final drive. When receivers made rookie mistakes, he immediately tore into them — wanted them to play smarter based on the situation.

    When the Colts went up by one (because of the Lions missed extra point), it really looked like the Lions were about to choke at the end of the game — as usual. Wins like this help build confidence.

    The offensive line just needs to keep Stafford from eating the turf.

  30. jag1959 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:34 PM

    coltsreign says:
    Sep 11, 2016 7:58 PM
    That game was bad offense and a massive waste of time. 100 million in guaranteed money for a 1 point victory?

    Glad I’m not a giantsfan. SMH right now because that was all that was on my fox affiliate.
    ________________

    Sounds like a pretty ponies fan alright. Give ’em all kinds of offense and they’re happy to lose and hang a banner. smh indeed

  31. stellarperformance says: Sep 11, 2016 8:36 PM

    Congrats Lions and Lions fans. Great comeback win. A good win for the North Division.

    -Packer fan

  32. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 11, 2016 8:36 PM

    Grigson still at the stadium frantically checking Lions’ game ball PSIs…

  33. nflfollower says: Sep 11, 2016 8:37 PM

    We saw two pretty good QB’s going against garbage defense. At least the Colts have an excuse with their secondary as depleted as it was. The Lions had a healthy defense they have to shore up a few things if they want an outside shot at the playoffs. But as a Lions fan I won’t apologize for a win on the road. At the end of the year they just count em’ nobody remembers or cares about the details.

  34. danielmcintosh81 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:40 PM

    When you look back in the record books. A win is a win. 1-0. Goooo Lions!!!!

  35. gotdebttoo says: Sep 11, 2016 8:40 PM

    Seattle looked awesome today. Those Phins are a joke

  36. amishninjas says: Sep 11, 2016 8:45 PM

    Time to string up the “2016 Week One Participant” banner at Lucas Oil.

  37. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    The Colts are pathetic, it’s obvious by now. Time to fire Grigson and Pagano.

  38. doe22us says: Sep 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    When your QB swallows 20% plus of the cap, and you have Grig man as your GM. This will be the norm, dont believe me check out the Saints.

  39. gp1390r says: Sep 11, 2016 8:56 PM

    Gotta give props to the Lions, they got the W. But jeez, lay off the Colts a bit! They were OUT OF CORNERBACKS. Literally. If another one went down an LB would have had to play CB. That’s how injured the secondary was. Stanford is going to eat alive any defense with that level of injury….the timeout was iffy, but they didn’t like the package they had in. If the Colts can get remotely healthy on D they’ll be fine. Luck looked great after a slow start.

  40. hawkfanwtf says: Sep 11, 2016 9:11 PM

    The svck for luck curse continues

  41. haughville says: Sep 11, 2016 9:11 PM

    I saw one person mention the timeout situation. My goodness, why did Pagano call timeout for the Lions. Caldwell was going to let it run! Colts and Lions had a battle with who had the dumber head coach…Colts won!

  42. ahs2 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:13 PM

    Give me a break, Stafford was the better QB…31/39, 3tds, no ints…and he marched them down the field for the win

  43. purpleguy says: Sep 11, 2016 9:22 PM

    Doesn’t look like the Lions missed Megatron today — very impressive offensive performance. But geez does that Colts D stink.

  44. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:25 PM

    Cheatiot fans are basement dwelling trash as evidenced in any Colts article.

  45. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 11, 2016 9:33 PM

    #Chuckgone

  46. coltsfan4lyfe says: Sep 11, 2016 10:03 PM

    I wonder how many footballs Brady and the Deflator can deflate in a bathroom in 90 seconds??

    I would say at least 12.

    Discuss πŸ™‚

  47. bigotshamer says: Sep 11, 2016 10:09 PM

    Good game.

  48. purplepanteez says: Sep 11, 2016 10:15 PM

    Andrew Luck be like, “I gotta play linebacker, too?”

    Thanks, defense! Feel free to make a stop at any time…

  49. jakeutler says: Sep 11, 2016 10:38 PM

    LOL…. love all of the Dolts fans finding a way to mention the Patriots after their team gets smoked by an NFC North team. Talk about STILL being sore losers (the operative word being losers).

  50. theboondoggles says: Sep 11, 2016 10:55 PM

    This writer hates the Lions with a white hot passion. I love when they win and he has to write about it.

  51. theboondoggles says: Sep 11, 2016 10:57 PM

    Also, awesome effort by the Colts in spite of the rash of injuries. That offense is scary when Luck gets time.

  52. suhmonster90 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:25 PM

    Stafford and Luck were both dialed in. We can blame the defenses but both guys came to win. Stafford was about to have a rage stroke at the end with the receivers bone headed clock management.

  53. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 11, 2016 11:36 PM

    Pats win without Brady and Gronk. Missing both starting tackles too. We are better than you.

  54. patsrthegreatest says: Sep 12, 2016 1:31 AM

    Dolts should have been in Foxboro for week 3 to play a Brady-less pats team…oh wait. They got shot by the Texans. Just like they did today. Guess Grigson better up the decibels on the crowd noise he pipes into the next home game

  55. Soulman45 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:42 AM

    A good QB take care a lot that is wrong with a team….
    Stafford did just that….

  56. pencilmonkeymagic says: Sep 12, 2016 5:52 AM

    Colts offense could be as awesome as it wants – they still won’t win enough games with that D.

  57. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 12, 2016 6:31 AM

    Don’t you love it when ex-coaches get revenge on their former employers?

  58. milocalhops says: Sep 12, 2016 8:35 AM

    This is the dumbest comment, I’ve ever read.

    thepackerpoet says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:14 PM
    I’m so tired of the Lions getting so lucky. They always get the refs on their side. Packers have to earn their wins the hard way and overcome bad calls.

  59. mack2x says: Sep 12, 2016 8:38 AM

    thepackerpoet says:
    Packers have to earn their wins the hard way and overcome bad calls.

    — That statement is completely laughable.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!