Matthew Stafford throws pick-six to Justin Bethel

Katrina Barker
September 11, 2017

After quarterback Stafford threw his first touchdown pass of the year to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, special-teams mistakes and back-breaking penalties killed Detroit's offensive momentum and put the defense in awful positions. Stafford's pick came two plays after Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw an equally ugly interception.

But Lions fans have also seen plenty of fourth-quarter comebacks, and quarterback Matthew Stafford technically delivered a critical one.

The Lions have players who will get yards after contact.

There is nothing like a potential NFC Playoff preview in Week 1 of the National Football League season, and that is exactly what we are going to get when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Detroit Lions.

The Arizona Cardinals announced running back David Johnson suffered a wrist injury in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Arizona Cardinals ruled the running back questionable to return from the injury.

The effort appeared to be wasted when defensive end Anthony Zettel was flagged for leaping on the field-goal attempt, giving the Cardinals a fresh set of downs, but the defense held firm a second time, forcing the Cardinals to settle for a chip shot field goal and a 10-point lead. Three Lions converged on him for the tackle and brought him down quickly.

That's why Kenny Golladay was such an incredible surprise in Detroit's win over Arizona today.

Two plays later, Stafford connected with Theo Riddick from seven yards out for a touchdown, but a failed two-point conversion left the Lions down two. On a long, leading pass of 50 yards into the end zone, Golladay stretched out as much as he could and dove, bringing the ball in without it hitting the ground through some magic I can't explain.

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