Arizona 21

Detroit 29

SCORING:



Team 1234OTTotal
VISITOR: Arizona Cardinals03810021
HOME: Detroit Lions91073029

Scoring Plays
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Lions111:17R.Williams 7 yd. pass from J.Harrington (J.Hanson kick) (7-59, 3:43)07
Lions12:46O.Ayanbadejo tackled in end zone by D.Wilkinson for a Safety09
Lions211:13R.Williams 21 yd. pass from J.Harrington (J.Hanson kick) (5-69, 3:21)016
Cardinals25:33N.Rackers 51 yd. Field Goal (13-44, 5:40)316
Lions20:00J.Hanson 26 yd. Field Goal (9-60, 2:34)319
Cardinals39:53J.Arrington 1 yd. run (O.Ayanbadejo run) (9-79, 5:07)1119
Lions36:03R.Williams 29 yd. pass from J.Harrington (J.Hanson kick) (6-72, 3:50)1126
Cardinals414:09N.Rackers 28 yd. Field Goal (9-67, 3:48)1426
Lions48:35J.Hanson 20 yd. Field Goal (10-78, 5:34)1429
Cardinals42:24L.Fitzgerald 8 yd. pass from K.Warner (N.Rackers kick) (6-62, 1:11)2129

Paid Attendance: 61,091Game Length: 3:10

Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions
11/13/2005 at Ford Field
Final Individual Statistics
Arizona Cardinals Detroit Lions

 
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
J.Arrington8243.081
O.Ayanbadejo3113.7110
M.Shipp430.870
K.Warner100.000
 
Total16382.4111
 
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
K.Jones14815.8360
S.Bryson7446.3150
A.Pinner7192.780
J.Harrington4133.370
 
Total321574.9360

 
PASSINGATTCMPYDSSK/YDTDLGINRT
K.Warner45293590/0132096.4
 
Total45293590/0132096.4
 
PASSINGATTCMPYDSSK/YDTDLGINRT
J.Harrington32222311/53330120.7
 
Total32222311/53330120.7

 
PASS RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
L.Fitzgerald914115.7271
L.McCoy67011.7240
O.Ayanbadejo6518.5130
J.Jackson23115.5190
R.Newhouse22311.5170
A.Bergen13232.0320
M.Shipp177.070
J.Arrington144.040
K.Warner100.000
 
Total2935912.4321
 
PASS RECEIVINGNOYDSAVGLGTD
R.Williams711716.7293
M.Pollard5479.4330
S.Bryson2178.5160
S.Vines2178.5150
T.Edwards2157.580
K.Jones2126.090
C.Rogers144.040
C.Schlesinger122.020
 
Total2223110.5333

 
INTERCEPTIONSNOYDSAVGLGTD
 
Total000.000
 
INTERCEPTIONSNOYDSAVGLGTD
 
Total000.000

 
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
S.Player415338.30349
 
Total415338.30349
 
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
N.Harris626243.70255
 
Total626243.70255

 
PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
J.Moses5295.80120
[DOWNED]100.0000
 
Returns5295.80120
 
PUNT RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
E.Drummond11313.02130
[DOWNED]100.0000
 
Returns11313.02130

 
KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
R.Swinton59719.40310
 
Returns59719.40310
 
KICKOFF RETURNSNOYDSAVGFCLGTD
E.Drummond410626.50370
[OUT OF BOUNDS]100.0000
[TOUCHBACK]100.0000
 
Returns410626.50370

 
Arizona Cardinals
FUMBLESFUMOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTDOUT-BDS
M.Shipp100000000
K.Warner100000000
J.Arrington010000000
Total210000000

Detroit Lions
FUMBLESFUMOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTDOUT-BDS
C.Redding000010000
K.Edwards000001000
Total000011000

Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions
11/13/2005 at Ford Field
Final Team Statistics
 Visitor
Cardinals
Home
Lions

TOTAL FIRST DOWNS2122
   By Rushing36
   By Passing1812
   By Penalty04
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY6-13-46%5-14-36%
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY0-1-0%1-1-100%
TOTAL NET YARDS397383
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing)6165
   Average gain per offensive play6.55.9
NET YARDS RUSHING38157
   Total Rushing Plays1632
   Average gain per rushing play2.44.9
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards5-114-14
NET YARDS PASSING359226
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass0-01-5
   Gross yards passing359231
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED45-29-032-22-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing)8.06.8
KICKOFFS Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks6-2-15-0-0
PUNTS Number and Average4-38.36-43.7
   Had Blocked00
FGs - PATs Had Blocked0-00-0
Net Punting Average35.038.8
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (Not Including Kickoffs)2913
   No. and Yards Punt Returns5-291-13
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns5-974-106
   No. and Yards Interception Returns0-00-0
PENALTIES Number and Yards9-807-50
FUMBLES Number and Lost2-10-0
TOUCHDOWNS23
   Rushing10
   Passing13
EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts2-23-3
   Kicking Made-Attempts1-13-3
   Rushing Made-Attempts1-10-0
FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts2-22-2
RED ZONE EFFICIENCY2-3-67%1-3-33%
GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY1-1-100%1-3-33%
SAFETIES01
FINAL SCORE2129
TIME OF POSSESSION25:3234:28

Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions
11/13/2005 at Ford Field
Ball Possession And Drive Chart
Arizona Cardinals

# Time
Recd
Time
Lost
Time
Poss
How Ball
Obtained
Drive
Began
#
Play
Yds
Gain
Yds
Pen
Net
Yds
1st
Down
Last
Scrm
How
Given Up
111:178:192:58KickoffARZ 267360362DET 38Punt
22:502:460:04PuntARZ 21-20-20ARZ 2Safety
31:0214:341:28PuntARZ 2637070ARZ 33Punt
411:135:335:40KickoffARZ 231349-5443DET 33Field Goal
53:122:340:38PuntARZ 312220221DET 49Fumble
615:009:535:07KickoffARZ 219790795*DET 1Touchdown
76:034:341:29KickoffARZ 3337070ARZ 40Punt
82:5714:093:48PuntARZ 239670673*DET 10Field Goal
98:356:162:19KickoffARZ 215390392DET 40Punt
103:352:241:11PuntARZ 386620624*DET 8Touchdown
111:010:110:50PuntARZ 18531-10211ARZ 39Downs

    (262) Average ARZ 24       
Detroit Lions

# Time
Recd
Time
Lost
Time
Poss
How Ball
Obtained
Drive
Began
#
Play
Yds
Gain
Yds
Pen
Net
Yds
1st
Down
Last
Scrm
How
Given Up
115:0011:173:43KickoffDET 417545593*ARZ 7Touchdown
28:192:505:29PuntDET 91056-5513ARZ 40Punt
32:461:021:44KickoffDET 2936060DET 35Punt
414:3411:133:21PuntDET 3154425694ARZ 21Touchdown
55:333:122:21KickoffDET 2134040DET 25Punt
62:340:002:34FumbleDET 3295010605*ARZ 8Field Goal
79:536:033:50KickoffDET 28677-5723ARZ 29Touchdown
84:342:571:37PuntDET 343-30-30DET 31Punt
914:098:355:34KickoffDET 2010780783*ARZ 2Field Goal
106:163:352:41PuntDET 66170171DET 23Punt
112:241:011:23KickoffARZ 4131-5-40ARZ 45Punt
120:110:000:11DownsARZ 391-10-10ARZ 39End of Game

    (371) Average DET 31       
* inside opponent's 20

Time of Possession by Quarter1st2nd3rd4thOTTotal
Visitor  Arizona Cardinals4:046:449:335:1125:32
Home  Detroit Lions10:568:165:279:4934:28

Kickoff Drive No. - Start AverageCardinals: 5 - ARZ 25Lions: 5 - DET 28

Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions
11/13/2005 at Ford Field
Final Defensive Statistics
Arizona CardinalsRegular Defensive PlaysSpecial TeamsMisc

TKLASTCOMBSACK /YRDSINPDFFFR  TKLASTFFFRBL  TKLASTFFFR
A.Wilson10414000200  00000  0000
J.Darling7310150000  00000  0000
O.Huff639000000  00000  0000
A.Smith404000000  00000  0000
D.Macklin314000100  00000  0000
R.Tate314000000  00000  0000
R.Griffith314000000  00000  0000
K.Dansby202000000  00000  0000
C.Okeafor112000000  00000  0000
D.Dockett022000000  00000  0000
R.Walls101000000  00000  0000
R.Kolodziej011000100  00000  0000
D.Blackstock011000000  10000  0000
Q.Harris011000000  00000  0000
N.Rackers000000000  20000  0000
L.Mitchell000000000  10000  0000
A.Francisco000000000  10000  0000
M.Shipp000000000  00000  1000
J.Arrington000000000  00000  0001
 
Total401959150400  50000  1001

TKL / TK = TackleAST / AS = AssistCOMB = CombinedIN = Interception
PD = Pass DefenseFF = Forced FumbleFR = Fumble RecoveryBL = Blocked

Detroit LionsRegular Defensive PlaysSpecial TeamsMisc

TKLASTCOMBSACK /YRDSINPDFFFR  TKLASTFFFRBL  TKLASTFFFR
K.Kennedy729000000  00000  0000
B.Bailey628000000  00000  0000
K.Smith415000000  00000  0000
J.Davis314000000  00000  0000
W.Rainer224000000  21000  0000
J.Hall224000000  00000  0000
S.Wilson202000000  20000  0000
T.Holt202000000  00000  0000
M.Bell202000000  00000  0000
D.Wilkinson112000100  00000  0000
R.McQuarters112000100  00000  0000
D.Curry112000000  21000  0000
E.Holmes112000000  00000  0000
S.Cody022000000  00000  0000
C.Redding101000210  00000  0000
K.Edwards011000001  00000  0000
V.Fox000000000  10000  0000
B.Walker000000000  10000  0000
J.McGraw000000000  10000  0000
 
Total351752000411  92000  0000

News: 11/14/05

It was pretty simple. Win or the season was finished.

The Lions knew what they faced Sunday afternoon at Ford Field against the lousy Arizona Cardinals.

Thankfully for them, the Lions won. It would have been embarrassing had they lost.

Their 29-21 victory might not have righted their season gone awry, but it was a much-needed start to the second half.

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Still, the magnitude of this victory won't be realized until after next Sunday's game in Dallas.

If the Lions can follow up with a road victory over the Cowboys, some fans just might believe that the Lions aren't totally out of the NFC North title hunt after all.

For sure, at 4-5 they still have a lot of work to do in order to catch the division-leading Chicago Bears (6-3).

But this league, more than any other, is about stringing together victories and building confidence in the process.

"It could give us momentum ... to really, really give us an honest push to get back in the hunt to win this division and get into the playoffs," said defensive end James Hall about the idea of winning in Dallas.

A quick fix

So much had gone wrong for the Lions the past two weeks when they lost games many believed they should have been able to win. The Cardinals were just what the doctor ordered.

They came in with a dreadful 2-6 record. They had not recorded a rushing touchdown all season. Plus, coach Steve Mariucci and quarterback Joey Harrington had never lost to the Cards.

The Lions -- looking like a real offense for a change -- will gladly accept the victory. But they know it won't mean a thing if they can't beat a good team. All four of their victories have come against sub-.500 teams.

"It's a win, which is what we most definitely needed," Hall said. "It's important that we get a win against a winning team, a productive team to see where we're at."

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Only the playoffs will do

Getting to .500 isn't enough. The Lions came into this season with huge expectations. The Lions were convinced that they had enough talent to make the playoffs.

When Matt Millen took over this franchise five years ago, it made the postseason with some regularity. His goal was to strip it down and build it up to a higher level -- championship-caliber.

The only way this season can be salvaged is if the Lions make the playoffs, something they haven't done since 1999.

If not, you could look at all the work that has been done the past five seasons as meaningless, especially since all those top draft picks the haven't panned out in Detroit.

It won't be easy. The Lions have a brutal schedule ahead of them, including three of their final four games on the road. Two of their three remaining home games are against teams that appeared headed for the postseason (Atlanta and Cincinnati).

The Lions are going to need a winning record in the second half of the season. Sadly for the Lions, they haven't had a winning second half since 1997. Sunday was a first step.

"This was big game for us," receiver Scottie Vines said. "It was a game we needed and wanted to win."

It was a season-saver. Next week will probably tell you if it was worth saving.

RECAP:


Fun.

The Lions didn't have much the first half of the season, with the offense struggling, the team losing, teammates squabbling and controversy swirling.

But they had some Sunday at Ford Field, with wide receiver Roy Williams helping lighten the mood and open up the offense in a 29-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Williams played a joke on coach Steve Mariucci in warm-ups, pretending he wouldn't be able to play, then caught three touchdown passes.

After one TD, Williams struck a pose in the end zone, lying on his side like a bikini model at the beach.

"Just having fun out there, and I think that's what we haven't been doing," Williams said. "I think we've been trying too hard. Let's just relax and play ball and have fun."

There was no reason to get carried away. The Lions rose to 4-5 by beating a team that fell to 2-7 -- a team they had beaten handily the past two years, too. They didn't improve their position in the NFC North.

Still, heading into tougher games at Dallas next week and against Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day, there were reasons to smile. It was a great afternoon for the offense by many measures.

The Lions had 383 total yards, a season high.

Williams became the first Lion to catch three touchdown passes in a game since Herman Moore did it against Green Bay on Oct. 29, 1995. This, after Lions wide receivers had caught only two TDs all season -- none since the second game.

Quarterback Joey Harrington went 22-for-32 for 231 yards. His 120.7 passer rating was the second-highest of his career.

Running back Kevin Jones busted a 36-yard run -- more than doubling his season high -- and finished with 81 yards on 14 carries. The Lions rushed for 157 yards.

"There's something to be said for having Roy back in there," Harrington said. "He makes defenders pay attention to him. If you can't come up and stack the box because Roy is in there, that means there is something down the middle of the field, and we'll take it. It's just good having him back."

Williams missed three games with a strained quadriceps, and teammates questioned his toughness. Then came last week's game at Minnesota -- and confusion.

During warm-ups, Williams met with the team brass on the field, and they decided he would try to play 20-30 snaps. When wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a foot injury, Mariucci asked Roy if he could play the rest of the game. He said no, that he could abide by the original plan. He played only three snaps.

During warm-ups this time, Mariucci came up to Williams, and their conversation went something like this:

"How you doing?"

"Not good," Williams said.

"What?"

"I can't go."

Then Williams laughed.

"I'm just playing," Williams said.

Williams smiled about it afterward.

"That was a good one," Williams said.

Mariucci smiled, too.

"He got me," Mariucci said. "Now he's a comic."

The Lions scored a first-drive touchdown for the first time this season when Jones busted his 36-yarder -- on fourth-and-one -- and Williams caught a seven-yard TD pass.

After defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson nailed fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo in the end zone for a safety later in the first quarter, and Williams caught a 21-yard TD pass in the second, the Lions led, 16-0.

Arizona's Neil Rackers kicked a 51-yard field goal, Detroit's Jason Hanson kicked a 26-yarder, and the Lions had a 19-3 halftime lead.

The Cardinals opened the second half with a one-yard touchdown run by running back J.J. Arrington and a two-point conversion run by Ayanbadejo.

Williams responded with a 29-yard TD catch, then played sparingly.

"As the game wore on, it wore on, too," Williams said. "Once the game almost got out of hand, I asked them, 'Take me out unless something drastic happens.' "

Said Mariucci: "I don't think in watching Roy that he was really exploding or really quick or back to himself. I think he was still dragging it a little bit. I think as he continues to get back practicing and healthier -- I hope we didn't set it back at all today -- I think he's going to be better and better."

The Lions weren't happy with the fourth quarter. Rackers kicked a 28-yard field goal. Hanson kicked a 20-yarder when a drive stalled at the 2. Then quarterback Kurt Warner (29-for-45, 359 yards) threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (nine catches, 141 yards), cutting the Lions' lead to eight with 2:24 left.

After surviving an onside kick, the Lions went three-and-out, gave the ball back to the Cardinals with 1:01 to go and had to stop them to secure the victory.

"We still found a way to make it close," center Dominic Raiola said. "We can't do that when we have a team down. We have to step on their neck when they're down like that."

That said, the Lions left feeling good again.

"It gets a little stressful when you're losing and you're not winning," Jones said. "It probably would have been a little bit more stressful if we had lost today. But I was having fun. I hope everybody else was."

Scott's Game Commentary:

Don't be fooled by this victory - the Lions beat one of the worst teams in the NFL. Joey Harrington hooked up with Roy Williams for three touchdowns and had his best game of the year. The truth is any NFL quarterback would of had a great game. Still, it was nice to Harrington and the Offense not have to rely on the Defense for a victory. Charles Rogers is still in the dog house as he had one catch and was a non-factor. The running back by committee of Jones, Bryson and Pinner did a good job moving the ball. Jones's longest run of the game came on 4th and 1 on the first drive that led to the Lions first touchdown. The Defense played alright, bend but don't break for the most part. Still, they held the Cardinals in check when it mattered most. All in all, it was an easy victory, but that much is expected given the Lions have dominated the Cardinals the last three years at home.

Grades:

*Offense: --- B. For the first time all year Harrington and Roy Williams showed up for a game. It was Harrington's best game of the year and Roy's best game as a pro. But, it came against if not the worst defense in the NFL. Still, it was nice to see a bright spot from an Offense that has been so pathetic. The offensive line held up nicely as well. Lets see what the Offense does next week in Dallas - my thinking is they'll be lucky to score 14 points.

*Defense: --- B-. The Defense gave up a lot of yardage but for the most part held Warner and the Cardinals in check. Big Daddy Wilkenson's safety early in the game gave the Lions a 9-0 cushion which lasted the entire game. Next week they will have their hands full with Drew Bledsoe and company and will need to play better.

*Special Teams: --- B. Hanson made both his field goals and Harris had decent punts. Drummond had a good runback, but so far has been a disappointment. Coverage was good for a change.

*Coaching: --- C-. Maricucci finally opened up the offense in the 1st quarter and it paid off. I still do not understand why Rogers hardly plays and he doesn't give the ball more to Kevin Jones - a pure mystery to me.

*Overall: --- B. If the Lions would have lost to the Cardinals, it would have been devastating. They beat a team they had to. At 4-5, they have two very tough games ahead starting with a trip to Dallas. I would say they have no chance at winning, but after watching the Vikings and Packers pull of stunners on Sunday, anything is possible. Still, a loss is almost certain heading into the Thanksgiving Day game against Vick and the Falcons. If by some miracle they win both those games, they'll be at 6-5 and a slim chance of making the playoffs. My guess is they will get killed in Dallas and beat an overrated Falcons team.

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