|DET||FG||JASON HANSON 39 YD, 12:01|
Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards in 7:06
Pinner 10-yard run to Detroit 44
Schlesinger 4-yard run on 4th-and-1 to St Louis 43
Harrington 19-yard pass to Kircus to St Louis 24
Bryson 12-yard run to St Louis 14
|STL||TD||BRANDON MANUMALEUNA 8 YD PASS FROM MARC BULGER (JEFF WILKINS KICK), 0:08|
Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards in 3:07
Bulger 25-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 to Holt to Detroit 42
Bulger 29-yard pass to Cleeland to Detroit 13
ST LOUIS 7-3
|DET||TD||BILL SCHROEDER 13 YD PASS FROM JOEY HARRINGTON (JASON HANSON KICK), 3:10|
Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards in 3:02
Harrington 9-yard pass to Schroeder on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 47
Harrington 22-yard pass to Fitzsimmons to St
Harrington 18-yard pass to Ricks to St
|STL||FG||JEFF WILKINS 51 YD, 8:54|
Drive: 12 plays, 39 yards in 5:44
Bulger 16-yard pass to Faulk on 3rd-and-9 to St
5-yard offsides penalty on Lions' Holt on 4th-and-4 to Detroit 44
ST LOUIS 10-10
|STL||TD||MARSHALL FAULK 2 YD RUN (JEFF WILKINS KICK), 11:23|
Drive: 2 plays, 5 yards in :45
Flowers blocked punt at Detroit 5
ST LOUIS 17-10
|STL||FG||JEFF WILKINS 36 YD, 14:37|
Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards in 1:28
Williams recovery of Hakim fumble at St
Bulger 14-yard pass to Holt on 3rd-and-9 to Detroit 37
Bulger 19-yard pass to Looker to Detroit 18
ST LOUIS 20-10
|DET||TD||AZ-ZAHIR HAKIM 13 YD PASS FROM JOEY HARRINGTON (JASON HANSON KICK), 3:17|
Drive: 3 plays, 24 yards in 1:50
Green recovery of Bulger fumble at St
Harrington 11-yard pass to Smith to St
ST LOUIS 20-17
|DET||TD||CASEY FITZSIMMONS 2 YD PASS FROM JOEY HARRINGTON (JASON HANSON KICK), 9:30|
Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards in 3:53
Hakim 35-yard run to St
Harrington 10-yard pass to Pinner to St
|DET||FG||JASON HANSON 38 YD, 12:04|
Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:25
Bailey interception at Detroit 28
|DET||FG||JASON HANSON 50 YD, 0:31|
Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards in 2:12
Swinton 19-yard punt return to St Louis 46
Harrington 10-yard pass to Hakim to St Louis 35
|Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)|
|Referee- Johnny Grier, Umpire- Ed Coukart, Head linesman- James Wilson, Line judge- Jeff Bergman, Field judge- Eddy Powers, Side judge- Doug Rosenbaum, Back judge- Scott Green|
|Attendance - Time|
|61,006 ; 3:11|
|3rd-Down Efficiency||5 - 15||3 - 12|
|4th-Down Efficiency||1 - 2||2 - 2|
|Total Net Yards||187||342|
|Net Yards Rushing||34||112|
|Average Per Rush||2.4||3.9|
|Net Yards Passing||153||230|
|Completed-Attempted||22 - 42||26 - 36|
|Yards Per Pass||3.3||6.2|
|Sacked-Yards Lost||4 - 40||1 - 8|
|Punts-Average||4 - 46.8||3 - 24.3|
|Punts-Returns||1 - 4||4 - 54|
|Kickoffs-Returns||6 - 144||4 - 92|
|Interceptions-Returns||1 - 11||1 - 15|
|Penalties-Yards||7 - 35||6 - 50|
|Fumbles-Lost||4 - 2||1 - 1|
|Time Of Possession||26:32||33:28|
The Rams squandered away home-field advantage in the playoffs as Marc Bulger struggled before leaving with an injury in a stunning 30-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Riding a seven-game winning streak and needing a victory to ensure that the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC would go through the Edward Jones Dome, where they have won 14 straight games, the Rams wasted a 20-10 halftime lead against the lowly Lions.
"It's very disappointing, particularly in the second half," Rams coach Mike Martz said. "There were so many mistakes in this game in so many different areas. This team wasn't prepared. That's my responsibility. They weren't focused, not like they need to be. We will regroup and make the repairs."
The loss by the Rams (12-4) allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to gain homefield. St. Louis still has a first-round bye.
Bulger made plenty of costly mistakes, losing two fumbles and throwing an interception in the second half. His turnovers led to 10 points for the Lions (5-11), who closed a disappointing season under coach Steve Mariucci.
"It was as important as a playoff game, trying to win it for a purpose," Mariucci said. "The purpose was to gain homefield advantage so we had to match that intensity and make it important for us so that became our playoff game, too."
Bulger, who was under pressure for much of the game, was knocked out of the contest with an injured left forearm after getting sacked by cornerback Otis Smith with just under 13 minutes remaining.
Bulger, who finished 18-of-31 for just 170 yards and one touchdown, said his injury is not serious.
"There's a big bruise on my forearm, but I think everybody in this locker room has huge bruises like that," Bulger said. "It won't be a long-term thing."
The injury brought on Warner, the Rams' discarded former Super Bowl and NFL MVP who had not played since Week One. But Warner could not rally the Rams as he completed just 4-of-11 passes for 23 yards.
"For whatever reason, we didn't come out and play our best football today," Warner said. "We've done that a few times this year and were able to get by."
It was a struggle for much of the game for the Rams' high-powered offense that manged just 194 yards and 13 first downs. Detroit employed a blitzing style the entire game.
Torry Holt, the NFL's leading receiver was held to five catches for 54 yards. Marshall Faulk also was not much of a factor as he rushed for just 35 yards on 12 attempts.
Joey Harrington, who has come under criticism in his second season in Detroit, picked the final week to have one of his best games. He went 26-of-36 for 238 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Defense: --- A-. Season: C. The Defense could not of performed any better in the 2nd half as they shut down the Rams high scoring offense. The Defense only gave up two touchdowns, one of which was a result of a blocked punt. They shut down Holt and Faulk, who were both expected to shred the Lions defense. Dre Bly played another great game and for the year was definitely the best player on the Lions roster. Boss Bailey definitely gets my nod for Lions rookie of the year. He has a great future ahead of him. The Defense did a great job pressuring Bulger and had four sacks, one of their best games of the year. All in all, the Defense was near flawless, but still needs to have more consistency for 2004.
Special Teams: --- D+. Season: B-. Getting a punt block led to seven easy points for the Rams. An offsides penalty kept a Rams drive going that resulted in a field goal. But, Jason Hanson made two clutch kicks in the 2nd half that sealed the game for the Lions. Eddie Drummond returned a few kicks before leaving the game yet again with an injury.
Coaching: --- A. Season: C-. I got to hand it to Maricucci for not mailing it in against the Rams. He had his team ready against a Rams squad that was suppose to blow them out. No one thought this game was going to be close, but the same was true when the Lions played the Packers on Thanksgiving. All in all, Maricucci did an average job coaching the Lions this year. Not sure they would of been any better or worse if Mornhinweg were still the head coach.
Overall: --- B. Season: D. Another miserable season comes to an end with the Lions shocking the St. Louis Rams. Although the Lions looked great against the Rams, lets not forget the past three games. The Lions looked like the worst team in the NFL. Fortunately, with parity and free agency, the Lions may have a shot at .500 next year. But for that to happen, they must land a decent running back and have a strong draft. It would also be great to sign Boss Bailey's older brother Champ, although that is a long shot. If there has been one consistent thing the past three years, it has been injuries. The Lions had the most players on injured reserved this year. Can you imagine if Stewart, Rogers, Cash and Goodman were all healthy? There is no doubt in my mind the Lions would have won a few more games. Unfortunately, the injury bug has gotten the best of them since Millen took over. Speaking of Millen, Ford Sr. said before the game that Matt is coming back for another year. That went in one ear and out the other as I knew there was no way he was getting fired. I do believe that Millen must have a strong offseason and the Lions better improve on their 5-11 record this year. One year from now, we should have a much better idea if he will be back for his 5th and final year as president of the Lions. I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year. The web page will be updated in the offseaon if there are any relevant Lions moves. So make sure to check back :-)