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Tampa Bay 16Detroit 23
October 21, 2007Ford Field-Attendance: 60,442 (65,000) Time: 3:01
Scoring Summary
 DET FG 9:53 Jason Hanson 34 yard field goal attempt is good.03
 DET TD 2:51 Kevin Jones rush to the right for 1 yard for a touchdown.09
 DET PAT 2:51 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.010
 TB TD 12:48 Jeff Garcia pass completion to the right to Ike Hilliard for 5 yards for a touchdown.610
 TB PAT 12:48 Matt Bryant extra point attempt is good.710
 DET FG 0:05 Jason Hanson 42 yard field goal attempt is good.713
 DET FG 4:17 Jason Hanson 32 yard field goal attempt is good.716
 DET TD 6:28 Calvin Johnson rush to the right for 32 yards for a touchdown.722
 DET PAT 6:28 Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.723
 TB TD 2:03 Jeff Garcia pass completion to the middle to Maurice Stovall for 4 yards for a touchdown.1323
 TB 2PT 2:03 Jeff Garcia 2-pt conversion pass attempt failed.1323
 TB FG 1:09 Matt Bryant 48 yard field goal attempt is good.1623

 Tampa Bay Passing
 J. Garcia37/45316720
 Detroit Passing
 J. Kitna16/201477.400
 Tampa Bay Rushing
 E. Graham19924.8014
 J. Garcia6101.707
 M. Bennett3227.3018
 Z. Crockett100.000
 Detroit Rushing
 K. Jones15765.1117
 J. Kitna492.309
 T. Duckett4307.5012
 C. Johnson13232.0132
 Tampa Bay Receiving
 E. Graham13997.6015
 I. Hilliard99210.2138
 J. Galloway5469.2016
 J. Stevens4194.808
 B. Askew4369.0011
 M. Clayton12020.0020
 M. Stovall144.014
 Detroit Receiving
 K. Jones6345.7014
 R. Williams3237.709
 C. Johnson23718.5019
 M. Furrey22412.0018
 S. McDonald2178.5017
 C. FitzSimmons11212.0012
 Tampa Bay Tackles
 D. Brooks8620-0
 J. Phillips7610-0
 P. Buchanon3300-0
 K. Carter4310.5-2
 B. Ruud4220-0
 R. Barber3210-0
 J. Haye4221-3
 T. Jackson2200-0
 S. Davis2200-0
 T. Cox2200-0
 J. Garcia2200-0
 C. June1100-0
 W. Allen1100-0
 J. Trotter1100-0
 G. Spires1100-0
 G. White1101-9
 E. Graham1100-0
 Q. Black2020-0
 C. Hovan5050.5-2
 Detroit Tackles
 T. Fisher9810-0
 E. Sims13850-0
 D. White8713-18
 P. Lenon9630-0
 K. Kennedy6510-0
 F. Bryant5410-0
 G. Alexander5410-0
 A. Lewis5320-0
 K. Edwards3300-0
 L. Moore3300-0
 B. Bailey3300-0
 R. Robinson2200-0
 S. Rogers2110-0
 T. Lehman2110-0
 T. Beckham1100-0
 C. Redding1100-0
 K. Smith1100-0
 I. Bashir1010-0
 Tampa Bay Interceptions
 Detroit Interceptions
 Tampa Bay Punting
 J. Bidwell147470
 Team 24723.50
 Detroit Punting
 N. Harris292460
 Team 29246.00
 Tampa Bay Punt Returns
 P. Buchanon16660
 I. Hilliard12220
 Detroit Punt Returns
 Tampa Bay Kickoff Returns
 T. Cox12727270
 M. Jones24422260
 Detroit Kickoff Returns
 T. Walters24522.5270
 Tampa Bay Fumbles
 J. Garcia220-10
 Detroit Fumbles
 S. Rogers1010
 Tampa Bay Missed Field Goals
 M. Bryant40
 Detroit Missed Field Goals
 NONE        -

Team Stat Comparison
 1st Downs27 17 
   3rd down efficiency8-14 3-8 
   4th down efficiency1-1 0-0 
 Total Yards422 278 
 Passing298 131 
   Comp-Att37-45 16-20 
   Yards per pass6.2 5.7 
 Rushing124 147 
   Rushing Attempts29 24 
   Yards per rush4.3 6.1 
 Penalties7-60 4-23 
 Sacks against3-18 3-16 
     Fumbles-lost2-2 1-0 
     Interceptions thrown
 Possession35:50 24:10 


A snap slipped through Jeff Garcia's hands, and a handoff ended up on the turf.

The Detroit Lions took advantage of both uncharacteristic miscues with touchdowns to beat their former quarterback and another NFC team with a winning record.

Calvin Johnson scored on a 32-yard run midway through the fourth quarter after Garcia's second fumble, and the spectacular play proved to be the difference in a 23-16 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

''We were our own worst enemy at crucial times,'' said Garcia, who hadn't turned the ball over in his first six games with the Bucs. ''That's disappointing because in a game like this, it definitely came back to haunt us.''

The Lions used to hurt their chances with untimely mistakes, but seem to be turning things around in Rod Marinelli's second year as coach and Matt Millen's seventh season as an executive.

Detroit (4-2) pulled within a game of idle Green Bay in the NFC North, improving to 3-0 at home.

''We have the pieces to win,'' said quarterback Jon Kitna, who said he would be disappointed if the Lions didn't win at least 10 games. ''We just had to put it altogether.''

Against the Bucs, the Lions did.

Detroit ran the ball effectively and threw it efficiently. Defensively, a bend-but-don't-break defense worked well. Jason Hanson rounded out the all-around performance by making all three of his field goals.

The players passed the credit to Marinelli, giving him the game ball after he led them to a win against the team he spent a decade with as an assistant.

''He was quiet,'' said defensive end Dewayne White, a former Buc, who handed the game ball to Marinelli. ''He accepted it, and said 'Thank you.'''

Marinelli downplayed his emotions about playing the Bucs, who gave him his first NFL job in 1996.

''Honestly, my only focus is getting the franchise turned around,'' he said. ''That's what I'm locked in on.''

Tampa Bay (4-3) lost a chance to move past idle Carolina in the NFC South, drawing the ire of Ike Hilliard.

''There's not a team that's established itself as the team to beat in the NFC,'' Hilliard said. ''We dropped the ball on this one.''

In fact, Garcia dropped two.

Garcia, who played in Detroit for one forgettable season two years ago, botched a handoff in Detroit territory in the first quarter. He also mishandled a snap on a first-and-goal when the Bucs were a yard away from pulling within two points early in the fourth.

''Those were two critical errors on my behalf that hurt,'' Garcia said.

Capping a 93-yard drive, Johnson broke a few tackles on an end-around to give the Lions a 23-7 lead with 6:28 left.

''That's why he was drafted No. 2 overall,'' Kitna said. ''He stiff-armed one of the best linebackers in the league (Cato June); made another guy (Tanard Jackson) miss; and then dragged one of the NFL's leading tacklers (Barrett Ruud) into the end zone.''

But the Bucs hung around.

Garcia connected with Maurice Stovall on a 4-yard pass, then after the 2-point conversion failed, Tampa Bay got the ball back on a unique onside kick. The Bucs bunched up near the hash marks and Matt Bryant's low kick ricocheted off Jared DeVries, and Torrie Cox recovered it.

Bryant's 48-yard kick with 1:04 to go pulled Tampa Bay within seven, but its rally ended when Casey FitzSimmons recovered an onside kick.

''I'm proud of the team with the way they competed until the end of the game,'' Bucs coach Jon Gruden said.

Garcia finished 37-of-45 for a season-high 316 yards with two TDs and kept his streak alive without an interception, dating to last season when he was playing for Philadelphia.

Kevin Jones, getting his first start of the season, ran for 76 yards and a TD after Garcia's first fumble.

Kitna was 16-of-20 for 147 yards without a score or a turnover. His chances to make plays were limited by Tampa Bay's methodical offense.

Garcia completed 18 straight passes in the first half, setting a franchise record for consecutive completions in a game, and running back Earnest Graham had career highs with 99 yards receiving and 92 yards rushing.

He has thrown 270 passes without an interception, including attempts in the postseason last season for the Eagles, for the longest active streak.

Notes: Overturned calls helped both QBs in the first quarter, negating fumbles, including Kitna's that was returned for a score. ... The last time the Lions started 4-2 was 2004, when they finished with six wins - the most since Millen took control of the franchise. ... Garcia broke Steve DeBerg's franchise record for consecutive completions in a game, and tied the mark Brad Johnson set spanning two games

Scott's Game Commentary:

It sure was an ugly win, but that has been how the Lions win games this season. Once again, it was the other team making the miscues and blunders the honolulu blue and silver have been making throughout the years. Jeff Garcia had two costly miscues - both which resulted in touchdowns. The Defense had no answer for Garcia's dump passes, but they only gave up seven points until Tampa got 10 mop up points late in the game. The Offense once again struggled but it was good to see Kevin Jones make regular contributions. The Lions had to run the ball more and they did just that. This was a game they had to win heading into Soldier Field next week where they have been blown out the past two years. Although every one of their wins this year has been ugly, the bottom line is the Lions are 4-2 like they were a few years ago. Hopefully this time around they don't fall apart.


*Offense: --- B-. The Offense has been disappointing given all the pre season hype for them. Kitna had a quiet day but at least he didn't throw any interceptions. The Offensive Line did a better job and it was great to see Kevin Jones heavily contributing to the Offense. If he can get back to where he was before he broke his foot, the Offense is going to be in great shape. Roy Williams had another quiet game and has been non-existant the past two games. Calvin Johnson's 32 yard touchdown run was the icing on the cake and showed why he is going to be one special player for the Lions for years to come.

*Defense: --- B-. The Defense gave up over 400 yards but held their own thanks to Garcia and all the miscues. If it was not for the Bucs blunders, the Defense would have cost the Lions the game. But, Dwayne White - playing against his old team, had three sacks and was a force to be wrecken with. The Defense played a bend but don't break game and waited for the Bucs to make the miscues. It worked this week, but they better figure out how to stop the dump pass or else.

*Special Teams: --- B. Hanson made all his field goals.Coverage was good for the most part although the return game is nothing like it was in years past.

*Coaching: --- B. The Calvin Johnson run was a great call and it was great to see the Offense run the ball more.

*Overall: --- B. It might not have been the prettiest game but the Lions won. At 4-2, they have a great chance at turning the page but first things first - a visit to Soldier Field against the Bears. Although I have attended the last three, I decided to pass on the game this year. The last two were two of the worst experiences i've ever had at a football game and I have a bad feeling it may get ugly again. Until the Lions can gain some consistency on the road, they will never get over the hump. A win against Chicago would go a long way of doing that, but don't count on it.

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