Detroit 28
NY Giants 13



FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
N.Y. Giants730313
1st Quarter
Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards in 5:35
Key Plays:
  Harrington 24-yard pass to Alexander to New York 46
  Harrington 19-yard pass to Bryson on 3rd-and-15 to New York 32
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Swinton on 3rd-and-10 to New York 22
Drive: 5 plays, 91 yards in 2:22
Key Plays:
  Warner 29-yard pass to Toomer to New York 40
2nd Quarter
Drive: 12 plays, 64 yards in 6:22
Key Plays:
  Warner 21-yard pass to Toomer plus 15-yard uneccessary roughness on Detroits' Wilkenson push to Detroit 19
  Dayne 1-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Detroit 9
3rd Quarter
Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards in 2:51
Key Plays:
  Jones 22-yard run to New York 46
  Jones 20-yard run to New York 2
  Jones 3 carries 44 yards
4th Quarter
Drive: 14 plays, 76 yards in 7:50
Key Plays:
  Warner 19-yard pass to Shockey to Detroit 24
  Barber 3-yard run on 3rd-and-2 to Detroit 13
  Barber 7 carries 33yards
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards in 5:26
Key Plays:
  Harrington 13-yard pass to Bryson to Detroit 43
  Harrington 20-yard pass to Swinton on 3rd-and-7 to New York 34
  Harrington 18-yard pass to Trejo to New York 6
Drive: 4 plays, 21 yards in :25
Key Plays:
  Detroit takes over on downs at New York 21
  Pinner 4 carries 21 yards
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey22182302037
Giants Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Warner, Kurt34232701162
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Jones, Kevin13655.0221
Pinner, Artose9364.0101
Bryson, Shawn5163.290
Harrington, Joey2-2-1.000
Giants Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Barber, Tiki22703.2110
Cloud, Mike133.030
Dayne, Ron320.710
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Alexander, Stephen55210.4240
Williams, Roy46716.8371
Swinton, Reggie33210.7201
Bryson, Shawn23216.0190
Trejo, Stephen2199.5180
Streets, Tai12222.0220
Pinner, Artose166.060
Giants Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Barber, Tiki710214.6621
Hilliard, Ike5428.4130
Toomer, Amani25025.0290
Shockey, Jeremy22512.5190
Finn, Jim2189.0100
Taylor, Jamaar2168.090
Shiancoe, Visanthe2147.090
Cloud, Mike133.030
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Davis, James9720-0
Holmes, Earl7700-0
Lehman, Teddy7610-0
Walker, Bracy6420-0
Bly, Dre6420-0
Cash, Chris5500-0
Rogers, Shaun5321-0
Hall, James4401-2
Bell, Marcus4221-7
DeVries, Jared4220-0
Smith, Keith3300-0
Marion, Brock3120-0
Lewis, Alex3120-0
Edwards, Kalimba2202-6
Redding, Cory2201-5
Rainer, Wali2110-0
Wilkinson, Dan1100-0
Giants T S A Sk-Yd
Lewis, Kevin10910-0
Wilson, Gibril7521-3
Alexander, Brent7520-0
Greisen, Nick7430-0
Allen, Will5500-0
Emmons, Carlos4130-0
Hand, Norman3301-6
Umenyiora, Osi3301-11
Peterson, Will3300-0
Washington, Keith3120-0
Strahan, Michael2200-0
Deloatch, Curtis2200-0
Joseph, William2110-0
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Cash, Chris100.000
Giants INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick414536.30349
Giants No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Feagles, Jeff27638.00140
Punt Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie1-2-2.000
Giants No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Jones, Mark199.090
Kickoff Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie23919.5210
Bryson, Shawn11313.0130
Trejo, Stephen11010.0100
Giants No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Cloud, Mike48421.0380
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason4/40/0
Giants XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Christie, Steve1/12/219 25 
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
Harrington, Joey10000
Bell, Marcus00100
Hall, James00100
Redding, Cory00100
Smith, Keith00100
Edwards, Kalimba00101
Backus, Jeff00010
Giants No. Lost Forced O D
Warner, Kurt31000
Hilliard, Ike10000
Barber, Tiki10010
Umenyiora, Osi00100
Diehl, David00010
Snee, Chris00010
Referee- Walt Colemam, Umpire- Carl Paganelli, Head linesman- Ron Phares, Line judge- Jerome Boger, Field judge- Steve Zimmer, Side judge- Dave Wyant, Back judge- Greg Steed
Attendance - Time
78,841 ; 2:54
Team Statistics LionsGiants
First downs2222
3rd-Down Efficiency6 - 104 - 12
4th-Down Efficiency0 - 01 - 3
Total Net Yards325325
Total Plays5466
Average Gains6.04.9
Net Yards Rushing11575
Average Per Rush4.02.9
Net Yards Passing210250
Completed-Attempted18 - 2223 - 34
Yards Per Pass8.46.3
Sacked-Yards Lost3 - 206 - 20
Had Intercepted01
Punts-Average4 - 36.32 - 38.0
Return Yardage-29
Punts-Returns1 - -21 - 9
Kickoffs-Returns4 - 624 - 84
Interceptions-Returns1 - 00 - 0
Penalties-Yards7 - 654 - 25
Fumbles-Lost1 - 05 - 1
Time Of Possession27:4432:16


The road to respectability for the Detroit Lions has been ... the road.

How ironic for a team that went three years and an NFL-record 24 games without winning away from Motown.

Joey Harrington threw two touchdown passes, and Chris Cash made a crucial diving interception in the end zone late in the first half to lead the Lions to a 28-13 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

"I feel like we can go in anywhere and play and compete," Harrington said after the Lions (4-2) won for the third time in three road games this season.

"That's the type of attitude you have to have as a team, as a contender," Harrington added. "We're right in the thick of things. We're not going to say this is good enough, we can be a contender next year because we are young. We're going to give it a shot and keep playing and hopefully things will fall for us."

Kevin Jones scored on a 2-yard run and Artose Pinner iced the game with an 8-yard TD run as Detroit snapped a four-game winning streak for the Giants (4-2).

The loss also showed that even new coach Tom Coughlin could not change the Giants' woes after a bye week. New York has lost four straight, 8 of 9, and 13 of 16 since the NFL started giving teams weeks off in 1990.

"I can't blame it on the bye week, that's a cop-out," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said. "If you don't make plays you don't win. We didn't have any enthusiasm. We had it, let it go, and the Lions picked it up and never let go of it."

Harrington, 18 for 22 for 230 yards, threw TD passes of 18 yards to rookie Roy Williams in the first quarter and a 2-yarder to Reggie Swinton late in the fourth for a 21-13 lead.

After linebacker Alex Lewis batted away a fourth-down pass to Jeremy Shockey deep in New York territory, Pinner sealed the victory.

Kurt Warner and Tiki Barber combined on a 62-yard screen pass for a touchdown, and Steve Christie kicked field goals of 19 and 25 yards for the Giants, whose offense was horrible near the Detroit end zone.

The Giants, whose winning streak was based on getting turnovers, lost the takeaway battle 2-0, with no play hurting more than Cash's interception in the final minute of the first half.

Cash, who started at left cornerback for Fernando Bryant, made a diving interception off a lazy pass by Warner with 39 seconds to go and New York ahead 10-7.

The pick came after Warner completed six passes to move the Giants from their 6-yard line to the Lions 11. Warner avoided a sack on the interception but he lobbed the ball to a wide open Amani Toomer. Cash closed quickly to make the interception.

"That was huge," Lions defensive end James Hall said. "It took points off the board going into the half and kept the game close."

Cash, who described his plays as `great', had chased Toomer all the way across the field in making the interception.

Warner said he lofted the ball too much over a defender.

"It could have been a huge momentum swing for us and really put us in control," said Warner, who completed 23 of 34 passes for 270 yards. "It was a game we should have had but we made some mistakes."

The Lions took the lead early in the second half on Jones' first TD run and they never lost it.

Detroit, limited to five first downs and 125 total yards in a loss to Green Bay last week, scored on a 10-play, 70-yard drive on the opening series of the game. Harrington connected on three third-down passes, capping the drive with a pass to Williams. It was the rookie's fifth TD catch.

The Giants tied it in the closing seconds of the first quarter when Barber scored on the screen pass that started with the back running into center Shaun O'Hara. Rookie receiver Jamaar Taylor had a big block.

Christie put New York ahead 10-7 seconds after Ron Dayne was stuffed on a third-and-goal from the Lions 1.

Jones gave the Lions a 14-10 lead on their opening series of the second half. He had runs of 22 and 20 yards before scoring to cap the five-play, 68-yard drive.

Christie got the Giants within a point with his 25-yarder with 8:18 to go. It capped a 14-play, 76-yard drive in which Warner drove New York to the Lions 13. Three plays netted six yards and that led to the field goal.

Scott's Game Commentary:

It appears the honolulu and silver rather play on the road than at Ford Field! For the 2nd straight road game, the Lions won a game no one thought was possible. I'll be the first to admit, I never thought the Lions could go down to the Meadowlands and steal a victory after that horrendous game against the Packers. They don't call it the National Felon League for nothing! Harrington, who had one of the worst games of his career last week, turned in his performance of the year as he led the Lions on their opening drive to a 7-0 lead. The Defense, which was non-existant last week, continued their great road play as they held the Giants to only 13 points. They had six sacks and two turnovers and had Giants QB Kurt Warner scrambling most of the day. The most important drive of the game was after the Giants pulled within one in the 4th quarter. Harrington led the Lions on a 70 yard touchdown drive that took up over five minutes. In years past, the Lions would have went three and out. All in all, it was a shocking performance given the Giants had won their last four games.


*Offense: --- B+. What a difference a week makes! The Offense went from one of the most pathetic performances in years to by far their best of the year. Harrington had only 4 incomplete passes in 22 attempts. Reggie Swinton did a great job in relief of Hakim. Roy Williams caught the first touchdown for the Lions and played despite being hobbled with a sprained ankle. The running game had their best performance of the year as they combined for 115 yards. Kevin Jones had two big runs, but far too often gets nothing more than a yard or two per carry. The offensive line still needs to do a better job opening holes. Nobody would have thought the worst offense in the NFL would have three long touchdown drives, including one to seal the game. The real question will be if the Offense can continue this performance next week against the Cowboys.

*Defense: --- A-. With the exception of Tiki Barber's 62 yard touchdown reception, the Defense held the Giants in check. After being shredded last week by Favre and the Packers, the Defense continued their great play on the road as they got the best of Kurt Warner. Shaun Rogers played his heart out. After being carted off the field in the 1st half, he returned and continues to show he's on his way to his first Pro Bowl. Chris Cash made a great interception late in the 2nd quarter that kept the Lions within three going into halftime. Three times the Giants entered the redzone and only came away with two field goals. Their performance against the Giants was eerie similar to that against the Falcons. Both the Giants and Falcons had explosive players on their offense and the Defense came up big.

*Special Teams: --- B. Eddie Drummond did not have any long returns like he did against the Packers, but did got the most of his returns. Nick Harris looked mediocre as usual and I hope the Lions are wise enough to get a new punter next season.

*Coaching: --- B. Maricucci said he was going to run the ball more and he did just that. Still, i'm sure he wasn't too thrilled after Jones got stuffed on a 3rd and 2 in the 1st half. I'm not sure what he told the team, but their effort was light years better than against the Packers.

*Overall: --- A. Always expect the unexpected with the 2004 Detroit Lions. Did anyone think they would march into New York and beat the Giant after last weeks pitiful performance? The honolulu blue and silver did just that! At 4-2, they are one game back of the Minnesota Vikings, but catching the Vikings will be next to impossible. I still cannot get over the Lions have the best road record in the NFL after losing 24 straight. Up next are the reeling Dallas Cowboys. I hate to say it, but this is a road game the Lions should win. The Cowboys have dropped three straight and have lost their last two home games. But, can anyone see the Lions starting 4-0 on the road? Not me. Even if they lose, they should easily beat the Redskins, although the game is at Ford Field :-)

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