Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford set a franchise record for passing yards in a half, reached 100 career passing touchdowns and blew by Bobby Layne’s team record for passing yards.
But it was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who got the win.
The Detroit Lions continued their 68-year drought in the Steel City, losing a 37-27 heartbreaker.
Roethlisberger threw for 367 passing yards and four touchdowns Sunday afternoon. Former-CMU Chippewa Antonio Brown played primary beneficiary grabbing 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
A Lions team that should have dominated in the trenches failed to make any impact.
The Steelers’ makeshift offensive line had given up 36 sacks going into the game, tied for second-worst in the NFL. The Lions only managed to get one.
The Lions’ top-ranked offensive line which had only allowed 10 sacks on the season, shockingly gave up one more than the Steelers did.
Stafford went white hot in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 327 passing yards, but, oh my, tides can turn. Stafford would complete just 3 of 14 for 35 passing yards the rest of the way.
Same story for Calvin Johnson. Megatron notched a career-best first half with 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns, but was held to a goose egg afterwards.
In fact, the whole Lions offense was shut out in the second half. It is safe to say Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau figured something out during the intermission.
The Lions must hope this is not a code the rest of the NFL can crack. In the meantime, if the season ended today Detroit would still have the division crown winning the tie-breaker over the Chicago Bears.
They come back home to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1pm next Sunday. The suddenly hot Buccaneers are coming off a 41-28 victory over the Falcons. This matchup will feature elite cornerback Darrelle Revis, “Revis Island”, against Megatron.
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