Detroit sports glance: Lions defeat Jacksonville, Red Wings fall to Calgary

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Lions 26, Jaguars 19 – The Lions continued their fourth quarter success on Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit, which trailed 19-16 heading into the final quarter, scored 10 unanswered points on a one-yard run by tight end Eric Ebron with 10:08 left in the fourth and a 43-yard field goal by Matt Prater with 22 seconds left in regulation.

The Lions trailed 3-0 after the first quarter, and were tied 9-9 at halftime before closing the game with a 17-10 second half run.

Detroit’s punt returner Andre Roberts scored on a 55-yard return and Lions’ safety Rafael Bush took an interception 39-yards for a score.Eye on the D

Matthew Stafford threw for 278 yards for the Lions on 24 for 33 passing while Ebron and Theo Riddick each collected 70 yards receiving.

Jacksonville’s quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 202 yards and two touchdown passes.

The Lions, who are now tied in the NFC North Division with a 6-4 record, will host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday in their traditional Thanksgiving game.

 

Record: 6-4

Tied for 1st Place in NFC North Division (Tied with Minnesota, Detroit owns tiebreaker)

Tied for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 7

Magic # to clinch an NFC North Division title: 7

Next Game: 11/24/2016 vs Minnesota Vikings 12:30 p.m. @ Ford Field

Stats: Passing-Matthew Stafford 24/33 278 YDs. Receiving- Eric Ebron 3 Rec 70 YDs, Theo Riddick 8 Rec 70. Defense- Tavon Wilson 5 Tackles 1 Int, Rafael Bush 1 Int 1 TD. Kicking-Matt Prater 2/2 FG (27, 43, 58 YDs) 2/3 XP.

Flames 3, Red Wings 2 – Mikael Backlund’s game-winning goal with 7:46 left in regulation led the Calgary Flames to a win over the Red Wings on Sunday.

Detroit, which led 1-0 after the first period for its only lead of the contest, is now on a four game losing streak.

Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha each scored a goal for the Red Wings while Alexey Marchenko, Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist each chipped in with an assist.

Detroit’s goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 24 of 26 shots in a losing effort.

The Red Wings will look to snap their four-game skid on Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Record: 8-9-1   17 pts

7th Place in Atlantic Division (13 points behind first place Montreal)

14th Place in Eastern Conference (13 points behind Montreal)

4 points behind New Jersey for the last playoff spot

Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 134 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 140 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 140 pts

Next Game: 11/23/2016 @ Buffalo Sabres 7:00 p.m. @ Key Bank Center

Stats: Goals- Tomas Tatar (3), Anthony Mantha (1).   Assists- Justin Abdelkader (2), Alexey Marchenko (5), Henrik Zetterberg (9), Gustav Nyquist (9). Goalie- Jimmy Howard L (4-5-0) 24 saves on 26 shots.

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