Fourth down conversion pays off as Lions take early lead

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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.