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Lions choke away early lead, come back to beat Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin (98) tackles Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) AP

The Lions handed the Eagles their first loss of the season today in Detroit, but it wasn’t easy.

Despite letting the Lions jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and a 21-10 lead at halftime, the Eagles turned things around, dominated the second half and appeared set to win the game.

But as the Eagles were protecting a late 23-21 lead, Darius Slay laid a hard hit on Ryan Matthews, forcing him to fumble. The Lions then marched down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 24-23 with less than two minutes to play. From there, Carson Wentz had a chance to drive the Eagles down to the field for a field goal of their own, but instead Slay picked Wentz off to seal the win.

Wentz had thrown 134 passes without an interception, an NFL rookie record. (A rookie record that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, currently at 131, can break later today.) But that first interception ended it for the Eagles.

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, who was arrested during the Eagles’ bye week, was benched for the first half of the game. In the second half his return made a huge difference, as the Eagles’ defense looked much more composed and Bradham was flying around the field making plays.

But Slay will be remembered as the defensive player who won this game, forcing two late turnovers and handing the Lions a much-needed win.

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53 Responses to “Lions choke away early lead, come back to beat Eagles”
  1. waynefontesismyfather says: Oct 9, 2016 4:12 PM

    Glad I can say my team is the first team to beat Wentz like a redheaded stepchild. Or a rented mule, whatever your preference might be.

  2. eaglesw00t says: Oct 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    Proof that the NFL is fixed. 14 penalties to 2. An absolute disgrace. Every time the Lions were on the ropes, they got handed a first down. The Eagles go deep to win it, Agholor gets his head ripped off, and nothing.

    This game was bought.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    So it begins.

    The typical Eagles choke and the Redskins win 3 in a row.

    Like I said, the Redskin are FAR AND AWAY THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFC EAST and the Redskins will end that fantasy story for Phily next week in FedEx!

  4. jerrysglassescleaner says: Oct 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAA Go Eagles!

  5. thegenghiskahn88 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:16 PM

    Ryan Mathews. Lol

  6. waters20 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    Wentz needs some receivers (no help on his one pick) – and a center. He is still the future! The future is bright for the Eagles.
    Also- 14-2 (Eagles- Lions) penalties- Really?
    Officiating is the worst thing in NFL!

  7. thisistheonlygame says: Oct 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    Didn’t the bears just beat the
    Lions? Are the eagles not for real?

  8. gtodriver says: Oct 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    Now there are only two undefeated teams in the NFL.

  9. manderson4150 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    Come on it’s our Lions, and it is easy to criticize but they WON THE GAME…..

  10. wiitrainingcamp says: Oct 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    How does Pete Morelli have a job?

  11. slickspielman says: Oct 9, 2016 4:21 PM

    And feagle fans were hootin and hollering about how they were better than the Vikings and Broncos. Ginger ale looked scared and that was the Lions Defense. Que all the feagle fans in a bit here crying about the refs and how the league is rigged. See you wk7 ginger ale..

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 4:21 PM

    You can take the player out of the Chargers, but you can’t take the Chargers out of the player.

    Mathews has a Sandy Eggo moment.

  13. selldannysell says: Oct 9, 2016 4:21 PM

    CRY, EAGLES! CRY!

  14. ninefingers9 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    Logical, being the best team in the East isn’t saying much. My fan base is looking at the best team in the League!
    Skol!

  15. coltluger says: Oct 9, 2016 4:26 PM

    Good job Lions.

  16. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:28 PM

    Man. So much for eagles being in the vike’s class. GO PACK!

    >

  17. eaglesw00t says: Oct 9, 2016 4:28 PM

    Someone paid these refs a TON of money…

  18. thefootballgodssay says: Oct 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Philadelphia is a fluke
    I had Detroit on the money line

  19. Susan Imbriale says: Oct 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    Now the Eagles lose to one of the worse teams in the league
    Bwaaaaaa
    And Eagle fans talking Super Bowl

  20. therealtrenches says: Oct 9, 2016 4:35 PM

    The Lions were VERY lucky to come out of that game with a W. They got a lot of help from the zebras throughout the contest. And it was clear PI by slay on that game clinching INT, a perfectly thrown ball on which he had no play until he pulled Agholor. Detroit didn’t deserve the W.

  21. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Oct 9, 2016 4:39 PM

    iggles got beat by a lousy team lol

  22. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Oct 9, 2016 4:43 PM

    coming off the early bye week I thought it showed early on defense especially. overall nice game by wentz,penaltys killed the birds and Stafford played well

  23. absolutevisuals says: Oct 9, 2016 4:57 PM

    Kind of weird seeing people complain about penalties favoring the Lions.

  24. winged warrior says: Oct 9, 2016 5:10 PM

    slickspielman says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:21 PM
    And feagle fans were hootin and hollering about how they were better than the Vikings and Broncos. Ginger ale looked scared and that was the Lions Defense. Que all the feagle fans in a bit here crying about the refs and how the league is rigged. See you wk7 ginger ale..
    …………………….
    Scared? Lol , go play with your bobble head doll.
    rb fumble while running out the clock – unacceptable

  25. mistyzhang says: Oct 9, 2016 5:14 PM

    Hey we finally won a game! Deal with it! We are a average team that will finish 8-8! Go Lions

  26. mistyzhang says: Oct 9, 2016 5:17 PM

    Lol Eagles fans sounding like Lions fans this week! Wahhh wahhhh the refs fault! Here is a idea don’t turn the ball over on your final two possessions! That lioness! Oh and why even throw that ball? Live to play another down. No need to force it. You were moving it on the Lions all day.

  27. morpheus1994 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:19 PM

    All I know is that the eaglet fans there sitting in my section were obnoxious as hell… It was great to see the Lions shut them the hell up!!!

  28. perfect1stranger says: Oct 9, 2016 5:30 PM

    Cowboys best team in the NFCE and they will only get better.

  29. newmancave2016 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:31 PM

    We made our mistakes, certainly. The D didn’t show up in the first half. But beyond that point, the officiating decided the game. 15 penalties to 2? Come on. Blatant PI on last Eagles play. Lions player out of bounds before recovering fumble. Bogus PI on Ertz. Huge missed holds on Lions everywhere. Phantom roughing call. This one is hard to swallow.

  30. bassplucker says: Oct 9, 2016 5:33 PM

    So the Lions lose to the Bears, then turn around and beat the Eagles, who waxed the Bears earlier this year.

    Something doesn’t add up.

  31. runninwild88 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:37 PM

    Tough loss. Any given Sunday.

    Still looking forward to the Eagles giving their best at home against the Vikes in 2 weeks. And you know they’ll bring it.

  32. goodluckking says: Oct 9, 2016 5:39 PM

    PHILLY fans are the worst.

    As a Lions fan I get to watch my team called every week for ticky tack fouls and if a Lions fan says a word about it, everyone on here gives the he!! Even though penalties are stacked in the other teams favor.

    Detroit wins the penalty battle for the first time i can recall in years and the Green Birds are ready to lynch the refs and swear Detroit bought the game.

    Geez, enjoy that you have a rising star in a young QB and stop crying…or just go back to beating up Santa.

  33. dolphins4 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:00 PM

    With al of the good runningbacks the Eagles have Ryan Mathews is fumbling his way out of a job.

  34. rodgerstonelson says: Oct 9, 2016 6:03 PM

    Just more proof Peyton Manning carried Cladwell. Man has no clue how to coach a team. He is wasting Stafford’s prime years.

    If you combine Caldwell and Pagano, you still only get a half a coach.

  35. eglsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    @goodluckking

    Santa stuff…..really?????

  36. torebear says: Oct 9, 2016 7:07 PM

    On the interception. Slay had his head turned and focus on the ball. The contact or brush as I would call it is not a penalty.

  37. Ivan Pavlov says: Oct 9, 2016 7:23 PM

    Even the losers get lucky sometimes.

  38. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    Eagles are 3-1 with a rookie qb and rookie HC. Playing with house money.

    Unless you are a vikings or cowboys fan right now, or Lions today i guess, not sure which fans of which teams think they can talk ish about what’s going on in philly. Congrats to the Lions. A win is a win and a loss is a loss.

  39. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:11 PM

    Can’t throw an int on 1st down with 1:30 left down by one. First really costly rookie mistake by wentz. This guy is gonna take that hard on himself and use it as fuel though. Big Skins game next!

  40. sumkat says: Oct 9, 2016 8:12 PM

    The interception was not PI. It was an awful adjustment to the ball by an awful WR

    The rest of the game the refs were awful. No point in pointing out the numbers that are above 5-6 times, all you need to know is the team leading the league in penalties had 2, and they were both for lining up wrong. They somehow went the entire game without holding anyone, on either side of the ball (it also got to the point at the end of the 1st that they stopped showing replays of them since they were all phantom calls)

  41. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:15 PM

    I’m not even gonna say anything about the officiating and the team won’t harp on that either. Should have won despite it. Look in the mirror.

  42. youdrivemenutseagles says: Oct 9, 2016 8:18 PM

    A little more Smallwood, please.

    Other than that, good game by the Lions. We needed that wake up call I think.

  43. lionglass says: Oct 9, 2016 10:40 PM

    Headline: Lions Slay Eagles!

  44. cromagarmy76 says: Oct 10, 2016 2:15 AM

    Heartbreaker for Eagles fans. I wouldn’t have called PI on the last pass from Wentz, but otherwise a horrendously officiated game. Most notably the chop block called on Sproles, however the Eagles ultimately can only blame themselves for the turnovers and a bunch of stupid penalties they actually did commit. That said, hats off to the Lions for a gutsy win. They were against a wall and responded with a solid game plan and Stanford made plays when it counted. With Dallas looking strong & Washingon always dangerous the NFC East is going to be pretty competitive. Go Birds!

  45. 302EaglesFan says: Oct 10, 2016 2:36 AM

    Anyone who watched that came could clearly see that 90% of the calls went against the Eagles, 75% were ticky-tackey. It’s not just about the systematic biased calls. It was also about what they didn’t call. Lots of Lions holding in both halves on the OLine. The Eagles won that game even w/ the turnovers. The last play of the game Slay absolutely had PI, he pulled his arm when Agho went for the ball and he wasnt playing the ball at the time. Detroit fans are clueless….a win they didnt deserve feels like a Super Bowl to them.

  46. ocdn says: Oct 10, 2016 9:19 AM

    More proof Caldwell has to go. Once again, he has no answer on how to keep a lead. His coaching, or lack of, almost cost us the game, AGAIN. Slay finally showed up and made a play to save the game, Caldwell is disgusting as a head coach. Get a pair Quinn and fire him!

  47. bringbackwayne says: Oct 10, 2016 10:38 AM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:14 PM

    Proof that the NFL is fixed. 14 penalties to 2. An absolute disgrace. Every time the Lions were on the ropes, they got handed a first down. The Eagles go deep to win it, Agholor gets his head ripped off, and nothing.

    This game was bought.
    *****************************

    LOL. It’s about time the Lions didn’t get “hosed” by the officials. Not the smartest decision by Wentz to throw the deep ball. They had plenty of time to move into FG range. Great pick by Slay on the 50/50 ball.

  48. newmancave2016 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:57 AM

    goodluckking says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:39 PM
    PHILLY fans are the worst.

    As a Lions fan I get to watch my team called every week for ticky tack fouls and if a Lions fan says a word about it, everyone on here gives the he!! Even though penalties are stacked in the other teams favor.

    Detroit wins the penalty battle for the first time i can recall in years and the Green Birds are ready to lynch the refs and swear Detroit bought the game.

    Geez, enjoy that you have a rising star in a young QB and stop crying…or just go back to beating up Santa.
    —————-

    No one is complaining about “ticky tack” fouls. If the game comes down to that, you don’t deserve to win. What we’re complaining about is pure incompetence. We’re complaining about calling a penalty on a player who is 1) Not on the field and 2) Would never be on the field because HE’S ON DEFENSE.

  49. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:54 AM

    Eagles RB carries the ball on his left side when running to the right?

    Wentz with plenty of time on the clock goes for the show-boat bomb? There was no defensive PI on the interception for those saying there was.

    Lions fought hard. Great game.

  50. cav2ya says: Oct 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    Too Bad the Refs called the game for the Lions.
    Seriously, 3 really bad calls against the Eagles.
    Someone needs to be held accountable with these refs.

    i think the worst was the 15yrd penalty against Sproles for a chop block? Even the commentators wee disgusted by that one.

    Penalties absolutely change the way a game goes, and that game, was inexcusable. Those Refs need a serious reprimand or retraining. no way i want to see that crew at one of my games again.

  51. torebear says: Oct 10, 2016 1:26 PM

    I’we reviewed the game, and the only I repeat ONLY undeserved penalty on the Eagles was the Chop block with 1:30 to go in the 2nd quarter. But guess what, the eagles converted later and hence the bad call had no effect on the game.

    And with 14 penalties you would expect there to be a lot of calls for Offensive holding, and false starts. The Eagles only had one hold in the pocket, and no false starts.

    The calls on the Eagles in the 1st half were PI, offside, hitting defensles player, Delay of game, grabbing helmet, “chop block”, holding(in pocket), offensive PI.

    In the 2nd half they had PI, Delay of game, illegal formation, holding(outside pocket), unnecessary rougness.

    This was a well officiated game for once, and if the Eagles got away with this stuff in their previous games, it’s no wonder they’we won 3 games.

  52. 23rdusernameused says: Oct 10, 2016 2:18 PM

    ryan mathews needs to be SAT! Wendell Smallwood and Kenyon Barner are the lead backs from NOW ON!
    I think Dougie knows this!
    they were both tearing it up last week! Ryan does not deserve to start! relagated to backup is whr he belongs!
    yeah, refs OMFG! cannot bel all the bad calls, no calls on liions holding was RIDICULOUS!!! ALL DARN GAME!

  53. torebear says: Oct 10, 2016 2:42 PM

    @23rdusernameused If you look at when the Eagles were on Offense I think you would see they also didn’t get called for holding in those same situations.

    Philly tackled for a loss 7 times for 13 yards, the Lions 0.

    Philly sacked Stafford 4 times for 16 yards, Lions 3 for 8.

    Had the Lions held as much as I think you think they did, Phillys defense would not have made that many plays.

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