NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Cleveland|
(Sunday, October 13th)
Final Score: Detroit 31, Cleveland 17
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Matthew Stafford had four touchdown
passes, three of them to Joseph Fauria, as the Detroit Lions used a dominating
second half for a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Stafford was 25-for-43 for 248 yards with an interception, while Fauria's
three catches all went for scores and totaled 34 yards for the Lions (4-2),
who bounced back from last week's loss to Green Bay to remain tied with
Chicago for first place in the NFC North.
Reggie Bush had 17 carries for 78 yards along with five catches for 57 yards
and a score. Calvin Johnson, who sat out last week with a knee injury and was
a game-time decision on Sunday, had just three catches for 25 yards in the
"There were some things we just didn't do well today in that first half," said
Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "The players knew it and knew that we just
needed to make a stop and get a score to start the first half and we were
right back into it."
Brandon Weeden was 26-for-43 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two
interceptions for the Browns (3-3), who had won three straight after dropping
the first two games of the season. Josh Gordon caught seven passes for 126
"Obviously a disappointing loss today with how well I thought we played in the
first half," said Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski. "We weren't able to
close the game out in the second half and that's something we need to learn
how to do as a team."
Trailing by 10 points, Detroit's first drive of the second half bore fruit as
Stafford's short dump over the middle was caught by Bush and taken into the
end zone on an 18-yard score and a 17-14 game. The drive was helped by a 39-
yard run around the left end by Bush on a 1st-and-10 from the Detroit 27.
Holding Cleveland to a three-and-out, the Lions drove and got down to the
Cleveland 28. Stafford then went for Pat Edwards in the end zone, but the ball
was tipped into the hands of Tashaun Gipson, who brought the ball back to the
Detroit, though, held Cleveland and got the ball back at its own 33.
Methodically driving his team down the field, Stafford gave the Lions a 21-17
lead when he threw the ball into coverage over the middle for Fauria, who made
the catch and fell into the end zone for a 23-yard score with 10:35 to play in
Another three-and-out from the Browns saw the Lions get the ball back near
midfield, and a 17-yard catch from Kris Durham helped to set up a 51-yard
field goal from David Akers to give Detroit a 24-17 lead with 6:04 left.
Cleveland got across midfield on its next touch, but Weeden threw the ball
away under pressure and DeAndre Levy came down with his second pick of the
Fauria's 10-yard touchdown catch with 2:01 to play sealed the victory for the
Each team punted on its first possession, but Detroit wound up with excellent
field position on its second touch as the team started the drive at its own
Facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Cleveland 23, Stafford went for Kevin Ogletree and
the pass fell incomplete, but Joe Haden was whistled for interference at the
7. The next play saw Haden called for interference in the end zone, and two
plays later Stafford floated a pass to the right corner where Fauria came down
with the catch for a 7-0 lead with 3:27 to play in the first.
Getting the ball back late in the first quarter, Cleveland got a 45-yard run
from Travis Benjamin on an end-around on the first play. Six plays later,
Weeden tossed a pass out to the left side where a wide open Chris Ogbonnaya
took it in from four yards out to tie the game with 12:52 left in the half.
Weeden was picked off by Levy on Cleveland's next possession, but Detroit was
unable to take advantage and eventually gave the ball back.
Starting at their own 16, the Browns got a 23-yard pass interference call on
the first snap and Gordon later caught a pass for 18 yards. On 2nd-and-goal at
the Detroit 2, Weeden hit Greg Little for a score and a 14-7 lead with 1:16
left in the half.
Holding the Lions to a three-and-out, the Browns got the ball back and a 36-
yard catch from Gordon set up a 40-yard field goal buy Billy Cundiff for a
17-7 game at the break.
Stafford set a franchise record with his 13th game of three or more touchdown
passes, breaking Bobby Layne's previous mark of 12 ... Durham finished the
game with eight catches for 83 yards ... Detroit controlled the ball for 33:29
and totaled 366 yards of offense, while Cleveland gained 395 yards ... Detroit
has won three straight and six of the last seven games against Cleveland ...
Detroit hosts Cincinnati next Sunday ... Cleveland plays at Green Bay next
10/13 18:48:26 ET