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Detroit 10Arizona 17
November 19, 2006University of Phoenix Stadium-Attendance: 63,348 (63,000) Time: 2:49
Scoring Summary
 ARI TD 6:28 Matt Leinart pass completion to the left to Bryant Johnson for 2 yards for a touchdown.06
 ARI PAT 6:28 Neil Rackers extra point attempt is good.07
 ARI FG 1:59 Neil Rackers 36 yard field goal attempt is good.010
 ARI TD 11:57 Matt Leinart rush to the left for 9 yards for a touchdown.016
 ARI PAT 11:57 Neil Rackers extra point attempt is good.017
 DET FG 2:50 Jason Hanson 32 yard field goal attempt is good.317
 DET TD 4:35 Arlen Harris rush to the left for 1 yard for a touchdown.917
 DET PAT 4:35 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.1017

 Detroit Passing
 J. Kitna23/382486.501
 Arizona Passing
 M. Leinart19/29233810
 Detroit Rushing
 A. Harris10404.0120
 A. Cason4205.0014
 K. Jones482.003
 J. Kitna1-2-2.00-2
 R. Williams122.002
 Arizona Rushing
 E. James22964.4018
 M. Leinart720.319
 M. Shipp177.007
 Detroit Receiving
 M. Furrey66711.2020
 R. Williams56713.4020
 C. Bradford35418.0023
 D. Campbell2199.5023
 C. Schlesinger2105.005
 D. Ellis2199.5010
 M. Pollard263.003
 A. Harris166.006
 Arizona Receiving
 A. Boldin58717.4044
 B. Johnson44711.8138
 L. Fitzgerald23015.0024
 A. Bergen2105.007
 E. James2168.0013
 M. Shipp23216.0022
 T. Walters199.009
 L. Pope122.002
 Detroit Tackles
 F. Bryant5500-0
 J. McGraw5500-0
 E. Sims4400-0
 B. Bailey5410-0
 T. Holt4310-0
 T. Lehman3300-0
 D. Bly3300-0
 M. Bell4310-0
 P. Lenon5320-0
 C. FitzSimmons2200-0
 J. Fletcher2200-0
 D. Bullocks2200-0
 C. Redding3210-0
 J. DeVries2200-0
 J. Backus1100-0
 D. Curry1100-0
 A. Lewis2110-0
 K. Edwards5140-0
 C. Smith1100-0
 K. Kennedy1100-0
 Arizona Tackles
 R. Griffith6600-0
 G. Hayes6510-0
 A. Rolle6510-0
 O. Huff4400-0
 A. Wilson3300-0
 D. Macklin3300-0
 E. Green3300-0
 K. Clancy4310-0
 K. Dansby3300-0
 B. Berry3302-20
 A. Francisco3300-0
 G. Watson2200-0
 C. Okeafor2201-9
 C. Cooper1101-6
 H. Milligan1100-0
 O. Ayanbadejo1100-0
 M. Ware1100-0
 Detroit Interceptions
 Arizona Interceptions
 A. Francisco11717.0170
 Detroit Punting
 N. Harris5220444
 Team 522044.04
 Arizona Punting
 S. Player419749.31
 Team 519739.41
 Detroit Punt Returns
 D. Bly24120.5360
 E. Drummond15550
 Arizona Punt Returns
 T. Walters10000
 Detroit Kickoff Returns
 E. Drummond11818180
 Arizona Kickoff Returns
 J. Arrington24321.5260
 Detroit Fumbles
 Arizona Fumbles
 M. Leinart100-6
 Detroit Missed Field Goals
 J. Hanson52
 Arizona Missed Field Goals
 NONE        -

Team Stat Comparison
 1st Downs19 20 
   3rd down efficiency4-12 5-12 
   4th down efficiency0-0 0-0 
 Total Yards281 338 
 Passing213 233 
   Comp-Att23-38 19-29 
   Yards per pass5.1 8.0 
 Rushing68 105 
   Rushing Attempts20 30 
   Yards per rush3.4 3.5 
 Penalties4-28 4-34 
 Sacks against4-35 0-0 
     Fumbles-lost0-0 1-0 
     Interceptions thrown
 Possession29:17 30:43 


The New York Jets are getting pretty good at these suspenseful endings, complete with lots of nail biting, sweating and nervous energy throughout the stadium.

''I didn't take a deep breath until we got that last first down,'' coach Eric Mangini said with a big smile.

Leon Washington rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries, scored the first two touchdowns of his career, and sealed the win by running for a first down with just over two minutes left as the Jets held on to beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 on Sunday.

The Lions put a scare into the Jets, who led the entire game, by getting within a touchdown with 2:22 left when an outstretched Mike Furrey caught the ball in the back right-corner of the end zone. Mangini challenged the play, but it was upheld with officials saying Furrey got both feet in bounds and had control of the ball.

New York (4-3) got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock to escape with a victory, matching its total from last season.

''We weren't expected to win but four games this year if you let the so-called experts tell it,'' wide receiver Laveranues Coles said. ''Again, we've got four wins, but we can't rest our hats upon that.''

The Jets, whose previous three victories were all decided on the opponents' last possession, won consecutive home games for the first time since 2004. But again, it didn't come easily.

After the Lions (1-6) closed within a touchdown with just over nine minutes remaining, Chad Pennington completed a 16-yard pass to Chris Baker, and Brad Smith followed with a 2-yard run. Tyoka Jackson was called for defensive holding on the play, one of nine penalties called on the Lions, moving the Jets further into Detroit territory. Washington then took the ball, ran to the left and scooted 16 yards - tiptoeing the sideline - with 4:51 left.

''It was unbelievable for him to maintain his balance,'' Pennington said. ''That was a big-time play.''

New York took advantage of Detroit being without its two starting defensive tackles, Shaun Rogers and Shaun Cody, and the Jets finished with 221 yards rushing.

''It's disappointing, in terms of our run defense,'' Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. ''If any one thing jumped out, we couldn't control the run game. In this league, if you can't stop the run, you're not going to win.''

Washington had his second 100-yard rushing game, and Kevan Barlow added 49 yards and a TD on 12 carries.

''Whenever you run the ball, you're able to control the defense and you can do things in your favor that help you win the game,'' Washington said. ''Today, we came out and obviously ran the ball early and were effective.''

Kevin Jones scored on a 9-yard shovel pass from Jon Kitna to cut Detroit's deficit to 24-17 with 9:09 left. Kitna converted two third-down passes for first downs and a 17-yard pass to Furrey on fourth-and-11 to set up Jones' score.

''We're just not finishing games,'' said Kitna, who was 22-of-36 for 269 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. ''We're not starting very good and we're not finishing good in the fourth quarter. That makes it hard. We've played good in spurts.''

The Jets scored their first first-quarter offensive touchdown in 20 games on Washington's first career TD 2:45 in.

''We knew we needed to get off to a fast start as far as keeping their offense off the field,'' Pennington said.

Justin McCareins' 44-yard touchdown catch made it 14-0 with 4:02 left in the opening quarter. On third-and-1 from the Lions 44 following an offsides penalty on Kalimba Edwards, Pennington ran the play-action to perfection, freezing the linebackers and freeing up McCareins down the right sideline for his first reception since Week 2.

Pennington finished 16-of-22 for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Roy Williams caught a 22-yard pass from Kitna to make it 14-7 with 7:54 left in the half. Williams, who came in leading the NFL in yards receiving, was held to two catches for 29 yards.

Justin Miller put the Jets in great position on the ensuing kickoff, returning the ball 56 yards to Detroit's 41. Six plays later, Barlow plowed up the middle for his fifth touchdown of the season, giving the Jets a 21-7 lead with 5:28 left in the half.

Jason Hanson kicked a 25-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 83-yard drive by the Lions to make it 21-10 with 4:57 left in the third quarter.

Nugent's 33-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Jets a 24-10 lead.

''That was a very winnable game,'' Williams said. ''Once again, we were our own worst enemy today: penalties and turnovers.''

Scott's Game Commentary:

Another game, another loss. It is one thing losing to a mediocre team but to the worst team in the NFL that had lost eight straight??? What more is there to say? Same old Lions! After the Lions blocked the punt, Kitna throws an interception in the redzone. Kevin Jones left the game with a high ankle sprain and that pretty much doomed the offense the rest of the game. The Defense allowed Matt Leinart his first professional win. The Lions were down 17-0 before they scored the next 10 but the game was already over at that point.


*Offense: --- F. What happened to the Offense that looked so good just a few weeks ago? POOF, its gone! Looks like other teams figured out Martz's Offense. Kitna has only two touchdowns the past two weeks. Roy Williams has disappeared and Kevin Jones once again is hurt. The offensive line was awful for the second straight week. All in all, it was one of the most pathetic performances of the year.

*Defense: --- D. The Defense only gave up 17 points but really had no answer in shutting down Matt Leinart and a struggling Arizona Offense. With a chance to give the Offense the ball back late in the game, the Defense could not stop Arizona from running out the clock.

*Special Teams: --- C. First blocked punt in years and good coverage were a few of the only bright spots from this game.

*Coaching: --- F. Sorry, but i'm sick and tired of Marinelli blaming the game on his coaching staff - its the players, coach. And you can thank Matt Millen for that.

*Overall: --- F. The Lions are once again at rock bottom with the worst record in the NFL! Losing to San Franciso and Arizona is embarrassing but if Joey Harrington beats them??? It could get real ugly at Ford Field on Thanksgiving! If the Lions fall behind or Harrington plays well, the Fire Millen boo birds will be out in full force. And I will gladly join in showing my displeasure from a guy who still has no clue what the heck he is doing.

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