Detroit 34 St. Louis 41
|Detroit 34||St. Louis 41|
|October 01, 2006||Edward Jones Dome-Attendance: 65,563 (66,000)||Time: 3:40|
|STL||FG||12:31||Jeff Wilkins 42 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||3|
|STL||FG||8:21||Jeff Wilkins 19 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||6|
|DET||FG||4:48||Jason Hanson 29 yard field goal attempt is good.||3||6|
|STL||TD||1:08||Marc Bulger pass completion to the middle to Joe Klopfenstein for 16 yards for a touchdown.||3||12|
|STL||PAT||1:08||Jeff Wilkins extra point attempt is good.||3||13|
|DET||TD||8:49||Jon Kitna pass completion to the right to Mike Furrey for 1 yard for a touchdown.||9||13|
|DET||PAT||8:49||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||10||13|
|DET||TD||1:12||Jon Kitna pass completion to the right to Mike Furrey for 10 yards for a touchdown.||16||13|
|DET||PAT||1:12||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||17||13|
|STL||FG||0:04||Jeff Wilkins 46 yard field goal attempt is good.||17||16|
|STL||TD||11:18||Marc Bulger pass completion to the middle to Torry Holt for 16 yards for a touchdown.||17||22|
|STL||PAT||11:18||Jeff Wilkins extra point attempt is good.||17||23|
|DET||FG||8:08||Jason Hanson 20 yard field goal attempt is good.||20||23|
|DET||TD||4:23||Kevin Jones rush to the right for 35 yards for a touchdown.||26||23|
|DET||PAT||4:23||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||27||23|
|STL||TD||0:44||Steven Jackson rush to the left for 1 yard for a touchdown.||27||29|
|STL||PAT||0:44||Jeff Wilkins extra point attempt is good.||27||30|
|DET||TD||11:11||Kevin Jones rush to the right for 7 yards for a touchdown.||33||30|
|DET||PAT||11:11||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||34||30|
|STL||FG||6:16||Jeff Wilkins 47 yard field goal attempt is good.||34||33|
|STL||TD||1:56||Marc Bulger pass completion to the right to Isaac Bruce for 5 yards for a touchdown.||34||39|
|STL||2PT||1:56||Marc Bulger pass completion to Isaac Bruce. 2-pt conversion successful.||34||41|
|Team Stat Comparison|
|3rd down efficiency||5-12||4-13|
|4th down efficiency||0-1||0-0|
|Yards per pass||6.2||7.5|
|Yards per rush||4.4||3.9|
The Rams rallied from behind three times, then benefited from an overturned pass interference penalty in the waning seconds to beat Detroit 41-34 on Sunday.
''Sometimes in a game like this, it's who gets the ball last,'' Rams quarterback Marc Bulger said.
The win spoiled the return of Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who was head coach in St. Louis for six seasons.
Detroit (0-4) built a 34-33 lead before the Rams (3-1) got the ball with 4:42 to play at their own 44. Seven plays later, on third down at the 5, Bulger threw to the right side and Isaac Bruce wriggled into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season with 1:56 to play.
Bulger and Bruce then connected on a 2-point conversion.
''One game you're kicking six field goals, another game you're scoring points,'' Linehan said. ''The bottom line is you've got to feel good when you win in this league.''
Lions quarterback Jon Kitna was intercepted on the first play after the Rams' score, but the Lions got the ball back with 47 seconds to play after Jeff Wilkins missed a 47-yard field goal try.
Detroit drove to the St. Louis 37, then appeared to get a break when Rams rookie Ty Hill was called for interference against Az-Zahir Hakim in the end zone with 22 seconds left. But after a huddle, the officials reversed the call because the ball was tipped, and Kitna's fourth-down pass sailed out of the end zone.
The Rams have been much more conservative in their first season under Linehan than they were under Martz, whose teams generally scored a lot, but gave up a lot, too. Though they've cut down on turnovers with just three lost fumbles and no interceptions this season, St. Louis had just two touchdowns and had not topped 18 points in their first three games.
Bulger was 26-of-42 for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Torry Holt had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown and Bruce caught seven passes for 100 yards and a score.
Detroit has made steady progress on offense under Martz. After scoring 13 points in their first two games, the Lions have scored 58 in their last two.
''Our offense did a heck of a job,'' Lions coach Rod Marinelli said, though he lamented the two interceptions and Kitna's first-quarter fumble that set up a field goal.
''We weren't good enough on defense. It comes down to three turnovers they get and we get zero. That's the game in a nutshell.''
Martz was not made available to the media following the game.
Kitna was 29-of-43 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Mike Furrey and Kevin Jones scored two touchdowns each for the Lions. Furrey, a former Ram, caught two touchdown passes from Kitna in the second quarter. Jones rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries, including 35- and 7-yard scoring runs in the second half.
Roy Williams caught nine passes for 139 yards, his second straight game over 100 yards receiving.
The Rams went into halftime down 17-16, then retook the lead on their first drive of the second half, with Bulger connecting with Holt on a 16-yard touchdown pass.
A 65-yard kickoff return by Eddie Drummond set up a 20-yard field goal by Jason Hanson, and Detroit went up 27-23 with 4:23 to go in the third quarter when Jones converted a third-and-1 run into a 35-yard score.
The Rams rallied again, aided by a 48-yard pass interference on Jamar Fletcher that gave St. Louis a first-and-goal at the 5, setting up Stephen Jackson's 1-yard touchdown run to make it 30-27. Jackson ran for 81 yards on 22 carries.
Detroit responded with a 10-play, 71-yard drive that ended with Jones' 7-yard run on a draw play with 11:11 to play.
Wilkins' fourth field goal, a 47-yarder cut the margin to 34-33 with 6:16 to play.
Defense: --- F. The Offense put the Defense in a few bad situations, but can anyone tell me what has happened to the secondary? Dre Bly should learn to keep his mouth shut until he earns a pay check. And where are all the turnovers? The Defense has yet to have one turnover in four games!!! With the game on the line, the Defense had no answer for Bulger, Holt, Jackson and company. Until this unit gets better, they will continue will be the achilles heel on the team.
Special Teams: --- C. Eddie Drummond had a few decent kick returns but needs to show he can do it on a consistant basis.
Coaching: --- C. Martz had the Offense ready to go and it has shown in the past few games; unfortunately, the same cannot be said with the Defense.
Overall: --- C. I was surprised to see the Lions play competitive football for once. They had several chances to pull out a win but once again came up just short. At 0-4 the season is over which means the sixth consecutive season Millen has failed as GM. Millen signed Corey Bradford in the offseason to be the Lions 2nd WR - earlier last week, he was cut. As I have been saying for a long time - as long as Ford allows Millen to run the show, the Lions will continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL.