Matthew Stafford threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 38-24 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Ford Field. The Browns went 85 yards on eight plays on their first series of the second half, which was punctuated by a Crowell touchdown run.
Wide receiver Golden Tate, running back Theo Riddick and tight end Eric Ebron all recorded touchdown receptions. It's the fourth defensive score this season for the Lions, seventh fumble recovery this season for the Lions, and first fumble recovery returned for a touchdown for the Lions since October 2015 (36 games). He was stripped by Detroit cornerback Nevin Lawson, who scooped it up and ran 44 yards to the house for a 17-10 Lions lead with 3:55 left in the first half, after a 9-yard completion from Kizer. But Kizer's bad decision cost the Browns precious points and a chance to enter the half tied at 17 instead of down 17-10.
The Cleveland Browns have made a mid-game change at quarterback yet again.
Detroit closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal.
Cleveland scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Lions rallied to take a 17-10 lead by halftime. He finished 21-of-37 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Browns tried a last-gasp comeback.
The Browns were out of timeouts, however, and after tight end David Njoku could not get two feet down on a potential touchdown pass from quarterback DeShone Kizer, the Browns had a second-and-goal with 15 seconds remaining. The Lions gummed up the works as the bodies unfolded and the clock expired. He returned with 4:29 to play and the Browns trailing 38-24.
It also moves the team one game closer to what certainly must be the end of Jackson's tenure as head coach with the Browns.