The Lions won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. The Eagles started out with the ball on offense first. Mark Sanchez got the start. Jason Peters had to leave the game just a few plays in after a Lions player landed on the back of his legs. The Eagles dinked and dunked their way into field goal range before a Lane Johnson penalty forced Caleb Sturgis into a 50-yard kick. Guess what? He missed.
Detroit got the ball and tried to prove that the Eagles aren't the only team that can be inept on offense. The Lions went three-and-out after an illegal formation penalty set them back.
The Eagles then returned the favor by going three-and-out after DeMarco Murray runs on first and second down went nowhere. He looked so slow. Sanchez got sacked on third down after Johnson got beat by Ezekiel Ansah.
The Lions moved into scoring range after some defensive breakdowns by Philadelphia. Matthew Stafford hit Theo Riddick over the middle for a wide open touchdown.
Surprisingly, Philadelphia answered with a scoring drive of their own. A 19-yard run by Murray and a 33-yard reception by Trey Burton put the Birds in goal territory. Sanchez hit Brent Celek over the middle for a score to tie the game. The veteran bounced off a tackle and dived over the goal line for the score. Celek came up limping after the play, but stayed in the game.
The injuries didn't stop there. Nolan Carroll got carted off after going down and holding his knee. Second round rookie Eric Rowe came in the game and immediately gave up a first down to Golden Tate. Detroit moved the ball into goal territory and got an easy touchdown when Stafford linked up with Tate again. The receiver literally walked into the end zone. Too easy.
The Lions added to their lead with a field goal from Matt Prater. Detroit was almost forced into another field goal after Rowe broke up a pass for Calvin Johnson in the end zone and Vinny Curry came up with a big sack to force 3rd-and-17. But then Stafford hit Johnson in the end zone for a touchdown with Rowe trailing in coverage. Terrible defense to end the first half.
The second half picked up where the first left off. The Lions put together a long scoring drive that was highlighted by bad coverage and terrible tacking from the Eagles. Stafford hit Johnson in the end zone for another touchdown. Rowe played him tight, but Megatron is just too good.
Sanchez got sacked and fumbled after Johnson got beat again by Ansah. The Lions recovered and Stafford threw to Johnson for the quarterback's fifth touchdown of the game.
Another drive, another touchdown for the Lions. Joique Bell broke off a big run thanks to a missed tackle by DeMeco Ryans and terrible pursuit from Mychal Kendricks.
Jordan Matthews got a touchdown catch in garbage time. That was pretty much the game.
Another pathetic performance. Something's gotta change.
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