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Detroit 36Oakland 21
September 09, 2007McAfee Coliseum-Attendance: 61,547 (63,142) Time: 3:04
Scoring Summary
 DET TD 8:27 Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Roy Williams for 13 yards for a touchdown.60
 DET PAT 8:27 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.70
 DET FG 1:10 Jason Hanson 46 yard field goal attempt is good.100
 DET TD 9:15 Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Calvin Johnson for 16 yards for a touchdown.160
 DET PAT 9:15 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.170
 OAK TD 3:49 Josh McCown pass completion to the middle to Ronald Curry for 4 yards for a touchdown.176
 OAK PAT 3:49 Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.177
 OAK TD 0:49 LaMont Jordan rush up the middle for 12 yards for a touchdown.1713
 OAK PAT 0:49 Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.1714
 DET FG 12:13 Jason Hanson 46 yard field goal attempt is good.2014
 OAK TD 7:43 Josh McCown pass completion to the left to Justin Griffith for 7 yards for a touchdown.2020
 OAK PAT 7:43 Sebastian Janikowski extra point attempt is good.2021
 DET TD 4:15 Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Shaun McDonald for 32 yards for a touchdown.2621
 DET 2PT 4:15 Jon Kitna 2-pt conversion pass attempt failed.2621
 DET FG 2:00 Jason Hanson 23 yard field goal attempt is good.2921
 DET TD 1:16 Tatum Bell rush up the middle for 14 yards for a touchdown.3521
 DET PAT 1:16 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.3621

 Detroit Passing
 J. Kitna27/36289832
 Oakland Passing
 J. McCown30/403137.822
 Detroit Rushing
 T. Bell15875.8124
 J. Kitna3175.7011
 T. Duckett341.304
 Oakland Rushing
 L. Jordan15704.7115
 J. Fargas5193.8011
 J. McCown331.002
 Detroit Receiving
 S. McDonald69015.0132
 M. Furrey55210.4019
 T. Bell461.506
 C. Johnson47017.5126
 R. Williams4205.0113
 S. McHugh24522.5032
 D. Campbell111.001
 B. Calhoun155.005
 Oakland Receiving
 R. Curry1013313.3142
 L. Jordan9899.9014
 J. Griffith3217.019
 Z. Miller3237.7011
 J. Madsen2105.007
 J. Porter22613.0017
 M. Williams11111.0011
 Detroit Tackles
 P. Lenon11920-0
 E. Sims8710-0
 D. White7611-14
 F. Bryant6510-0
 I. Bashir6510-0
 S. Cody3300-0
 S. Wilson6330-0
 T. Fisher2200-0
 T. Lehman2200-0
 A. Lewis2200-0
 K. Edwards3212-16
 L. Moore2200-0
 J. Kitna1100-0
 S. Rogers1100-0
 A. Cannon1100-0
 G. Alexander1100-0
 E. Frampton1100-0
 C. Redding2110-0
 C. Smith1100-0
 K. Smith2110-0
 B. Bailey1010-0
 K. Kennedy1010-0
 Oakland Tackles
 K. Morrison9900-0
 M. Huff6600-0
 T. Howard6511-0
 S. Schweigert5410-0
 S. Williams3300-0
 Z. Miller3300-0
 W. Sapp3300-0
 N. Asomugha2200-0
 F. Washington2200-0
 T. Kelly2200-0
 H. Eugene2200-0
 S. Routt1100-0
 T. Sands1100-0
 J. Condo1100-0
 S. Janikowski1100-0
 D. Burgess1100-0
 C. Clemons3121-5
 Detroit Interceptions
 D. White12828.0280
 T. Fisher11212.0120
 Oakland Interceptions
 S. Routt13131.0310
 K. Morrison1-5-5.0-50
 Detroit Punting
 N. Harris3132441
 Team 313244.01
 Oakland Punting
 S. Lechler314949.71
 Team 314949.71
 Detroit Punt Returns
 T. Walters11818180
 Oakland Punt Returns
 Detroit Kickoff Returns
 B. Calhoun13333330
 Oakland Kickoff Returns
 C. Carr715522.1350
 Detroit Fumbles
 Oakland Fumbles
 J. McCown3010
 Z. Miller1110
 J. Newberry1000
 Detroit Missed Field Goals
 NONE        -
 Oakland Missed Field Goals
 S. Janikowski50,46,57

Team Stat Comparison
 1st Downs21 24 
   3rd down efficiency6-13 7-13 
   4th down efficiency0-0 0-0 
 Total Yards392 375 
 Passing284 283 
   Comp-Att27-36 30-40 
   Yards per pass7.5 6.6 
 Rushing108 92 
   Rushing Attempts21 23 
   Yards per rush5.1 4.0 
 Penalties6-35 8-50 
 Sacks against2-5 3-30 
     Fumbles-lost0-0 5-1 
     Interceptions thrown
 Possession26:54 33:06 

 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


Jon Kitna backed up his big boasts with a clutch fourth-quarter comeback and a couple of key defensive plays by Dewayne White.

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:

P8100202.JPG - 816820 BytesThey won! After building a 17-0 second half lead and watching it disappear in the 4th quarter, I was thinking to myself - here we go again! How many times have the honolulu blue and silver blown 4th quarter leads in the past few years? Fortunately for the Lions, they scored two touchdowns late in the 4th quarter and also had some key defensive stops. The Lions Offense showed signs on what could make this one exciting unit to watch. John Kitna threw to eight different players and for the most part played a great game. Calvin Johnson's eagerly waited debut was a fine one - he had his first NFL touchdown catch and should continue to improve. The Defense had its ups and downs as usual. The secondary is a living mess. Josh McCown tore them up - yes, the former Lions QB that did not throw a single pass last year. After giving up three touchdowns in the 2nd half to give Oakland their first lead, the "D" came up with two clutch turnovers late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. For once, it was Oakland who was shooting themselves in the foot and not the honolulu blue and silver.


*Offense: --- A-. The Offense came into the game being hyped out for the past few months. It was time for them to show what they had and they did just that. John Kitna threw for three touchdowns and just about every player contributed in putting up 36 points. Calvin Johnson, Shaun McDonald and Roy Williams each had touchdown catches and Tatem Ball finished the scoring. The Offensive line for the most part held up but still had too many false starts. With the Lions down one midway through the fourth quarter, the Offense unlike so many times in the past got the job done. If they continue to improve on this performance, the sky is the limit.

*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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