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Fourth down conversion pays off as Lions take early lead

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions watches from the sideline in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Getty Images

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has a reputation for being too cautious, but he went for it on fourth down on Detroit’s first drive today, and it paid off.

With the Lions facing fourth-and-1 near midfield, Caldwell eschewed a punt and called for a handoff to Zach Zenner, who plowed into the line and picked up the first down.

From there, Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate for a 34-yard gain, then hit Marvin Jones in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown.

That gave the Lions an early 7-0 lead, with a march down the field that was aided by Caldwell showing some guts.

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1 Response to “Fourth down conversion pays off as Lions take early lead”
  1. lionhunter909 says: Oct 16, 2016 2:36 PM

    Good for Caldwell…..considering he’s likely out of a job with a mediocre season(or worse), why not go for it?
    Makes the game more fun to watch…

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