Lions play spoiler, defeat Cardinals 30-12 for second win of the season

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The Lions have won a second game.

And for at least another week, the Cardinals have not clinched a playoff berth.

Detroit crushed Arizona on Sunday, defeating the formerly 10-3 club behind a strong defensive performance paired with an efficient offensive attack.

The Cardinals’ best chance to get into the game came late in the first half when they advanced to the Lions’ 3-yard line. But quarterback Kyler Murray threw a pair of incomplete passes on third and fourth down from that spot, keeping Detroit up 10-0.

On the ensuing drive, quarterback Jared Goff tossed a 22-yard touchdown to receiver Josh Reynolds to give the Lions a 17-0 lead heading into halftime.

Detroit never looked back, as cornerback Amani Oruwariye intercepted Murray in the third quarter to set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Jason Cabinda to go up 24-3. With another Matt Prater field goal, the Cardinals cut the deficit to 24-3. But Riley Patterson’s 47-yard field goal with 13:15 remaining made it an insurmountable 27-6.

Murray had a near 30-yard touchdown to receiver Antoine Wesley with 11:43 left in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-6. But Wesley couldn’t get two feet down before going out of bounds for the score.

The Cardinals added a touchdown but failed on a two-point conversion with 4:40 left in the contest. And Patterson hit a 45-yard field goal to close out the scoring with 2:46 left in the contest.

That’s when the Cardinals effectively waived the white flag, inserting Colt McCoy into the game.

Murray finished 23-of-41 for 257 yards with a touchdown and a pick.

Goff finished 21-of-26 passing for 216 yards with three touchdowns. Amon-Ra St. Brown led Detroit with eight catches for 90 yards. Running back Craig Reynolds had 112 yards on 26 carries.

The Cardinals have now dropped two games in a row and have lost their commanding lead in the NFC West. They finish the season with matchups against the Colts, Cowboys, and Seahawks.

At 2-11-1 Lions now aren’t in position for the No. 1 overall pick. That would belong to the Jaguars, who are now 2-12 after losing to the Texans on Sunday.

24 responses to “Lions play spoiler, defeat Cardinals 30-12 for second win of the season

  1. Say what you will about everything else, Dan Campbell has this roster of scrubs playing hard. Lions fans are loving it, even if it’s rarely showing up in the win column. Most popular Lions coach since Wayne Fontes.

  2. Arizona will make the playoffs all while skidding into a muddy morass of losses. This team is toast. Time to fire Pliff Pillsbury and to trade Kayla Murray to some foolish team like the Texans.

  3. As a Cardinals fan this game was a HUGE disappointment. The team has seemed to make due with sheer talent in most games of the season and plenty of luck in a few games. The team appears to be regressing at the worst time while trying to clinch a playoff birth… won’t happen but Cardianls need to seriously replace and fire coach Kliff Clownsbury. His decision making and game planning multiple times this season seems to be the contributing facror of the teams shortcomings.

  4. Maybe everyone was a bit harsh on Goff. He has 9/2 TD/INT ratio since they scooped up Reynolds (a WR he knows well) and now he is building a good relationship with St. Brown. The Lions WR are not talented but Goff finally seems to be gelling with them. Not saying Goff is a franchise guy, but he could be a stop gap/bridge guy for the Lions until they find a younger player.

  5. Hard not to root for Campbell! Loved him as a player and that same fire and passion is showing up in his coaching. Great win Detroit!

  6. longlivedansnyder says:
    No, point shaving doesn’t exist at all…this league is a JOKE

    Let’s assume for a minute that point-shaving exists and the league IS a joke. What does it say about you that you’re still wasting your time watching and commenting on it? 🙂

  7. Their gimmicky offense has been figured out. Reminds me of Chip Kelly’s Eagles teams.

  8. As a Lions fan I now suggest that our team this year does not deserve to ever be in the discussions of worst teams in league history. We’ve made 3 fan bases in addition to our own (Arizona, Pittsburgh, Minnesota) scream at the tv in frustration. We have sooooo many needs including QB and a bushel of DBs and WR but I believe in the new coaching staff and approach even if I didn’t off the bat. We need talent. Lots of it. But we have lots of picks and if we get an infusion of young dynamic talent I think we will give this division a fourth contender very soon. Rodgers is near the end years wise, I do not believe in Cousins or Vikings, and Chicago seems insistent on being a dumpster fire with Nagy. We will not finish last in this division next year. IMO

  9. The Los Angeles Rams would like to thank the Detroit Lions for this wonderful Christmas gift to Matthew Stafford. Who saw this coming? The Cardinals got clobbered!

    Any given Sunday …

  10. WOW, the Cards should have put McCoy in there a lot sooner, he may not have pulled out the “W” but the Cards wouldn’t have looked nearly as horrible on offense as they did with Murray, 56% completions, an INT and 4 rushes for 3yds and a FF!

  11. Most over hyped team ever, total clown show including the little guy Kyler Murray. Over rated a shell, One and Done in the playoffs!

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