By Dave Hart
Lions 31, Rams 28 – Lions’ kicker Matt Prater nailed his second straight game-winning field goal with 1:33 left in regulation from 33-yards out to propel Detroit to a win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions, who are now 3-3 on the season, are now on a two-game winning streak.
The Rams quickly responded with a score of their own on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Case Keenum to Kenny Britt with 5:24 left in the first.
Los Angeles took its first lead of the contest with 11:03 left in the second quarter on a one-yard scamper by Keenum to give the Rams a 14-7 advantage.
Detroit stuffed the Rams on fourth and goal from the one-yard line during the final play of the half keeping the score tied at 14-14 heading into the locker rooms.
The Lions regained their lead with 9:52 left in the third quarter on a four-yard pass from Stafford to Anquan Boldin to give Detroit a 21-14 lead.
Los Angeles tied the game 21-21 on a 15-yard catch by tight end Lance Kendricks from Keenum with 6:39 left in the third.
The Rams took a 28-21 advantage with 14:16 left in the fourth on a nine-yard connection between Keenum and Britt.
Detroit tied the game 28-28 on a 23-yard catch by Golden Tate from Stafford with 6:09 left in the fourth.
The Lions added the game-winning field by Prater with 1:33 left in regulation while Rafael Bush sealed the victory for Detroit with an interception with less than a minute left in the game.
The Lions were led by Stafford with 270 passing yards and four touchdowns while Tate caught eight passes for 165 yards and a score. Bolden chipped in with 60 yards receiving and one touchdown for Detroit.
Detroit will look to continue its winning streak next week against the Washington Redskins.
3rd Place in NFC North Division (2.5 games behind Minnesota)
1 Game behind Washington Redskins for final playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 12
Magic # to clinch an NFC North Division title: 14
Next Game: 10/23/2016 vs. Washington Redskins 1:00 p.m. @ Ford Field
Stats: Passing-Matthew Stafford 23/31 270 Yds 4 TDs. Receiving-Golden Tate 8 Rec 165 Yds 1 TD, Anquan Boldin 8 Rec 60 Yds 1 TD, Marvin Jones Jr. 7-YD TD Rec, Andre Roberts 2-YD TD Rec. Defense- Tahir Whitehead 7 tackles, Rafael Bush 1 Int. Kicking-Matt Prater 1/1 FG (34 Yds) 4/4 XP.