DETROIT--Going into today’s game against the Redskins, Matthew Stafford had 20 fourth-quarter comebacks in 99 career starts.
When it was over, he had 21 in 100.
It looked like Kirk Cousins had created the perfect ending to his return to the state where he grew up. He scored on a 19-yard run on a read option play to put the Redskins up by four with 1:05 left to play. All the defense had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone.
It took Stafford just three plays, passes to Marvin Jones and Andre Roberts sandwiched around a 14-yard scramble, to get into the red zone.
Some would call that a prevent defense prevent a win.
“Yeah, I think in hindsight we should’ve blitzed seven or eight but we played coverage that we’ve been playing for a long time,” Gruden said when asked if the defense should have been more aggressive on the final series. “He [Stafford] knifed a seam route but Will [Compton] missed it by about a fraction of a hair.”
“We’ll look at film and critique it later.”
The Lions slowed down momentarily in the red zone. But on third down and 10, Stafford fired a bullet to veteran receiver Anquan Boldin for the winning score with 16 seconds left.
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In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.
Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?
Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.
The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.
So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?
And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards.
How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?
The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.
Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household.
But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.
"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.
"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.
This is all very wonderful.
Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.
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