|Detroit 36||Oakland 21|
|September 09, 2007||McAfee Coliseum-Attendance: 61,547 (63,142)||Time: 3:04|
|DET||TD||8:27||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Roy Williams for 13 yards for a touchdown.||6||0|
|DET||PAT||8:27||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||7||0|
|DET||FG||1:10||Jason Hanson 46 yard field goal attempt is good.||10||0|
|DET||TD||9:15||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Calvin Johnson for 16 yards for a touchdown.||16||0|
|DET||PAT||9:15||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||17||0|
|OAK||TD||3:49||Josh McCown pass completion to the middle to Ronald Curry for 4 yards for a touchdown.||17||6|
|OAK||PAT||3:49||Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.||17||7|
|OAK||TD||0:49||LaMont Jordan rush up the middle for 12 yards for a touchdown.||17||13|
|OAK||PAT||0:49||Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.||17||14|
|DET||FG||12:13||Jason Hanson 46 yard field goal attempt is good.||20||14|
|OAK||TD||7:43||Josh McCown pass completion to the left to Justin Griffith for 7 yards for a touchdown.||20||20|
|OAK||PAT||7:43||Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.||20||21|
|DET||TD||4:15||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Shaun McDonald for 32 yards for a touchdown.||26||21|
|DET||2PT||4:15||Jon Kitna 2-pt conversion pass attempt failed.||26||21|
|DET||FG||2:00||Jason Hanson 23 yard field goal attempt is good.||29||21|
|DET||TD||1:16||Tatum Bell rush up the middle for 14 yards for a touchdown.||35||21|
|DET||PAT||1:16||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||36||21|
|Team Stat Comparison|
|3rd down efficiency||6-13||7-13|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Yards per pass||7.5||6.6|
|Yards per rush||5.1||4.0|
| Referee: Tony Corrente, Umpire: Steve Wilson, Line Judge: Ron Blum, |
Side Judge: Dyrol Prioleau, Head Linesman: John McGrath, Back Judge: Mike Carey,
Field Judge: Craig Wrolstad
Kitna threw a go-ahead, 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald with 4:15 remaining and White forced two late turnovers that helped the Detroit Lions rally to beat the Raiders 36-21 Sunday after blowing a 17-point lead.
The matchup between the NFL's two worst teams from a year ago turned highly entertaining in the second half when former Lions backup quarterback Josh McCown led the Raiders on three touchdown drives to turn a 17-0 deficit into a 21-20 Oakland lead with 7:43 to go.
Then Kitna took over and spoiled Lane Kiffin's coaching debut in Oakland. Kitna, who predicted a 10-win season for the team that has been the NFL's doormat this decade, completed four of five passes for 67 yards on the game-winning drive, capping it with his third touchdown pass of the game.
Facing no pressure, Kitna moved around in the pocket until McDonald broke open in the end zone for the score. McDonald then taunted the fans in Oakland's Black Hole, celebrating the go-ahead score.
The Lions added to the lead when Jason Hanson kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2 minutes left after McCown was intercepted by White. White then stripped McCown on the next play and recovered a fumble to set up a 14-yard score by Tatum Bell that iced the game.
Despite the loss, the Raiders showed much more offensive spunk than they did a year ago, when they managed only 12 touchdowns on offense on the way to a 2-14 season. McCown, who beat Daunte Culpepper for the starting job completed 30 of 40 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but also turned the ball over three times.
Ronald Curry had 10 catches for 133 yards and a 4-yard score and LaMont Jordan scored on a 12-yard run and had 159 yards of total offense for Kiffin.
Kiffin, 32, became the youngest man to coach a game in the NFL since Harland Svare took over the Los Angeles Rams as a 31-year old in 1962. He appeared ready to give the Raiders their first season-opening win since 2002 until the final minutes.
Kitna finished 27-for-36 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bell added 87 yards rushing on 15 carries as the Lions moved the ball easily against last year's third-ranked defense in the NFL.
The Raiders fans disagreed with the decision to start McCown, booing the offense and chanting ''Daunte! Daunte!'' after McCown was intercepted early in the third quarter.
That set up a 16-yard TD pass from Kitna to Calvin Johnson that made it 17-0. Making that score even worse was the fact that the Raiders passed on the chance to draft Johnson in April, picking quarterback JaMarcus Russell instead. While Russell remains unsigned in a contract dispute, Johnson had four catches for 70 yards in his debut.
McCown then put it together in Oakland's best offensive stretch in years. He threw a 42-yard pass to Curry that set up Curry's touchdown. That ended a stretch of 232 minutes, 44 seconds without a touchdown for the Raiders, dating to last season.
Oakland's offense then got into the end zone again less than 3 minutes later. Stanford Routt's interception of a pass that deflected off Roy Williams' hands set up Jordan's score that cut the lead to 17-14. A 7-yard pass to Justin Griffith gave Oakland the lead, but Kitna made sure it wouldn't last.
The first half was not nearly as exciting. The best drive was a 95-yarder by Detroit that ended when Kirk Morrison intercepted Kitna in the end zone. The Lions got the first score on a two-play, 37-yard drive, ending with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams. Hanson added a late field goal to make it 10-0 at the half.
Former first-round draft pick Sebastian Janikowski missed three field goals in the first half for Oakland.
Scott's Game Commentary:
Defense: --- B. The Defense played great until they had second half meltdown and gave up three touchdowns. When the Lions got the lead late in the fourth the "D" responded by forcing two turnovers. Shaun Rogers showed why he is by far the Lions most valuable player. He blocked a field goal and also forced the final turnover to seal the game. Kalimba Edwards actually had two sacks, which is just short of shocking. Dewayne White, who was brought in to replace James Hall had a stellar game and fits the Tampa 2 perfectly. I can only hope the secondary does not cost the Lions too many games this year. Unfortunately, they will be going up against far better Offenses for the rest of the year.
Special Teams: --- A. Shaun Rogers blocked field goal was a huge play. Jason Hanson continued his domainance by nailing both field goals. Coverage was great and all in all, it was a great effort by the special teams.
Coaching: --- B. Challenging an Oakland touchdown after burning a time out because the Defense was not ready was plain out stupid. Fortunately, the Lions did not have to use their time outs. Marinelli had the team ready to play and he definitely got a team effort in return.
Overall: --- A-. When the Lions fell behind 21-20 it looked like the same old Lions had returned. But, this is a new year and the Lions watched Oakland committ all the boneheaded mistakes down the stretch. This was a victory the Lions had to have given Oakland was the only team worse than them last year. McCown is better than O'Sullivan and Orlowski but he wasn't good enough to beat his former team. Up Next are the Minnesota Vikings in what should be an exciting game at Ford Field. The Lions have a chance to start the season 2-0 for the first time in quite some time. If they limit their mistakes and continue to flourish on Offense, they should win their first game against an NFC North division team in over two years.
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