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2018 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach Matt Patricia
General Manager Bob Quinn
Home Field Ford Field
Results
Record 6–10
Place 4th NFC North
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers CB Darius Slay
LS Don Muhlbach
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2017 2019
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The 2018 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 89th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their first under a new coaching staff led by head coach Matt Patricia. With their loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13, the Lions failed to improve on their 9–7 campaign from the season before. With their Week 15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Lions clinched their first losing season since 2015, making this also their first losing season in the post-Calvin Johnson era. They also missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season and finished last in the NFC North for the first time since 2012 with a 6–10 record.

Despite the disappointing season, the Lions were able to upset the defending back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots 26–10 during Week 3, marking their first win over the Patriots since 2000, which was also the first year of the Brady/Belichick era (and so far the Patriots' last losing season). The Lions were also able to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the second straight year.

OffseasonEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Re-signingsEdit

Date Player Position Contract Source
March 10 Don Muhlbach Long snapper 1 year / $1.105 million [5]
Kerry Hyder Defensive end 1 year / $555,000 [6]
March 13 Tavon Wilson Safety 2 years / $7 million [7]
March 14 Nick Bellore Linebacker/Fullback 1 year / $1.005 million [8]
Nevin Lawson Cornerback 2 years / $9.2 million [9]
Jake Rudock Quarterback 1 year / $630,000 [10]
March 16 Zach Zenner Running back 1 year / $1.05 million [11]
April 9 T. J. Jones Wide receiver 1 year / $1.907 million [12]

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Position Previous team Contract Source
March 14 DeShawn Shead Cornerback Seattle Seahawks 1 year / $3.5 million [13]
March 15 Christian Jones Linebacker Chicago Bears 2 years / $7.75 million [14]
Devon Kennard Linebacker New York Giants 3 years / $18.75 million
Kenny Wiggins Guard Los Angeles Chargers 2 years / $5 million [15]
March 16 LeGarrette Blount Running back Philadelphia Eagles 1 year / $4.5 million [16]
March 21 Luke Willson Tight end Seattle Seahawks 1 year / $2.5 million [17]
Sylvester Williams Defensive tackle Tennessee Titans 1 year / $3.5 million [18]
March 26 Jonathan Freeny Linebacker New Orleans Saints 1 year / $880,000 [19]
March 29 Wesley Johnson Center New York Jets 1 year / $880,000 [20]
Levine Toilolo Tight End Atlanta Falcons 1 year / $1.5 million [21]
April 4 Matt Cassel Quarterback Tennessee Titans 1 year / $1.105 million [22]
November 6 Bruce Ellington Wide receiver Houston Texans 1 year / $790,000 [23]

DeparturesEdit

Date Player Position Note New Team Source
March 14 Eric Ebron Tight end Released Indianapolis Colts [24]
Don Carey Safety UFA Jacksonville Jaguars [25]
D. J. Hayden Cornerback UFA Jacksonville Jaguars [26]
March 15 Darren Fells Tight end UFA Cleveland Browns [27]
Haloti Ngata Defensive tackle UFA Philadelphia Eagles [28]
Tahir Whitehead Linebacker UFA Oakland Raiders [29]
March 19 Brandon Copeland Linebacker UFA New York Jets [30]
April 3 Paul Worrilow Linebacker UFA Philadelphia Eagles [31]
Travis Swanson Center UFA New York Jets [32]
April 6 Armonty Bryant Defensive end UFA Oakland Raiders [33]
April 10 Emmett Cleary Offensive tackle Retired N/A [34]
November 6 Ameer Abdullah Running back Released Minnesota Vikings [35]

TradesEdit

DraftEdit

2018 Detroit Lions Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Source
1 20 Frank Ragnow C Arkansas [40]
2 43 Kerryon Johnson RB Auburn [41]
3 82 Tracy Walker S Louisiana [42]
4 114 Da'Shawn Hand DE Alabama [43]
5 153 Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon [44]
7 237 Nick Bawden FB San Diego State [45]

Draft trades

  • The Lions traded their sixth-round selection (No. 194 overall) to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for offensive tackle Greg Robinson.[46]
  • The Lions made two separate trades with the New England Patriots — trading their original second-round selection (No. 51 overall) and their fourth-round selection (No. 117 overall) to the Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' second-round selection (No. 43 overall); and acquiring a fourth-round selection (No. 114 overall) in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2019 draft.[47][48]

StaffEdit

2018 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 Template:Dow tooltip at Oakland Raiders L 10–16 0–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
2 Template:Dow tooltip New York Giants L 17–30 0–2 Ford Field Recap
3 Template:Dow tooltip at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 33–30 1–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
4 Template:Dow tooltip Cleveland Browns L 17–35 1–3 Ford Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 Template:Dow tooltip New York Jets L 17–48 0–1 Ford Field Recap
2 September 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–30 0–2 Levi's Stadium Recap
3 September 23 New England Patriots W 26–10 1–2 Ford Field Recap
4 September 30 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–26 1–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
5 October 7 Green Bay Packers W 31–23 2–3 Ford Field Recap
6 Bye
7 October 21 at Miami Dolphins W 32–21 3–3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 October 28 Seattle Seahawks L 14–28 3–4 Ford Field Recap
9 November 4 at Minnesota Vikings L 9–24 3–5 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
10 November 11 at Chicago Bears L 22–34 3–6 Soldier Field Recap
11 November 18 Carolina Panthers W 20–19 4–6 Ford Field Recap
12 November 22 Chicago Bears L 16–23 4–7 Ford Field Recap
13 December 2 Los Angeles Rams L 16–30 4–8 Ford Field Recap
14 December 9 at Arizona Cardinals W 17–3 5–8 State Farm Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at Buffalo Bills L 13–14 5–9 New Era Field Recap
16 December 23 Minnesota Vikings L 9–27 5–10 Ford Field Recap
17 December 30 at Green Bay Packers W 31–0 6–10 Lambeau Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week One: New York Jets at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 10 31 0

48

Lions 7 3 7 0

17

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Jason Myers 35-yard field goal, 15:00. Drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 4:08. Jets 10–7.
  • NYJ – Robby Anderson 41-yard pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick), 2:00. Drive: 3 plays, 49 yards, 1:22. Jets 17–7.
  • DET – Matt Prater 21-yard field goal, 0:15. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 1:40. Jets 17–10.

Third quarter

  • DET - Golden Tate 24-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 13:17. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:50. Tied 17–17.
  • NYJ – Quincy Enunwa 21-yard pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick), 9:44. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:34. Jets 24–17.
  • NYJ – Darron Lee 36-yard interception return (Jason Myers kick), 8:16. Jets 31–17.
  • NYJ – Andre Roberts 78-yard punt return (Jason Myers kick), 7:20. Jets 38–17.
  • NYJ – Jason Myers 32-yard field goal, 5:19. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:32. Jets 41–17.
  • NYJ – Isaiah Crowell 62-yard run (Jason Myers kick), 1:04. Drive: 2 plays, 66 yards, 0:52. Jets 48–17.

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring

Top passers

  • NYJ – Sam Darnold – 16/21, 198 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 27/46, 286 yards, TD, 4 INT

Top rushers

  • NYJ – Isaiah Crowell – 10 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD
  • DET – Theo Riddick – 4 carries, 20 yards

Top receivers

  • NYJ – Quincy Enunwa – 6 receptions, 63 yards, TD
  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 7 receptions, 114 yards

The Lions opened the regular season at home, hosting the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. The Lions took an early lead in the first quarter when Quandre Diggs intercepted a Sam Darnold pass and ran it in from 37-yards, but the Jets quickly tied it up following a seven-yard touchdown run from Isaiah Crowell. In the second quarter, the Jets scored 10 more points via a 35-yard field goal by Jason Myers and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Darnold to Robby Anderson. The Lions scored the final points of the first half via a 21-yard field goal from Matt Prater, to make the score 17–10 in favor of the Jets at half-time. After the intermission, the Lions again tied the game following a 24-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate, for their only points of the second half. The Jets then scored 31 unanswered points for a runaway victory. First three touchdowns: a 21-yard reception by Quincy Enunwa, a 36-yard interception return by Darron Leeand a 78-yard punt return by Andre Roberts. After a 32-yard field goal by Jason Myers, the Jets capped off their lopsided win with a 62-yard run by Crowell, making the final score 48–17 in favor of New York.

Week 2: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Two: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 3 3 14

27

49ers 3 10 14 3

30

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • SF – Kendrick Bourne 4-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick), 12:07. Drive: 13 plays, 88 yards, 5:38. 49ers 10–7.
  • SF – Robbie Gould 42-yard field goal, 4:55. Drive: 4 plays, -8 yards, 1:35. 49ers 13–7.
  • DET – Matt Prater 27-yard field goal, 0:03. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 0:46. 49ers 13–10.

Third quarter

  • SF – Garrett Celek 11-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick), 13:17. Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards, 1:43. 49ers 20–10.
  • DET – Matt Prater 43-yard field goal, 8:46. Drive: 8 plays, 27 yards, 4:31. 49ers 20–13.
  • SF – Matt Breida 66-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), 0:52. Drive: 3 plays, 97 yards, 1:13. 49ers 27–13.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Robbie Gould 36-yard field goal, 11:21. Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:22. 49ers 30–13.
  • DET – Marvin Jones 5-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 8:36. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:45. 49ers 30–20.
  • DET - Michael Roberts 15-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 3:27. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 2:41. 49ers 30–27.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 34/53, 347 yards, 3 TD
  • SF – Jimmy Garoppolo – 18/26, 206 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • DET – Kerryon Johnson – 8 carries, 43 yards
  • SF – Matt Breida – 11 carries, 138 yards, TD

Top receivers

In week 2, the Lions visited the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers took an early lead in the first quarter via a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Lions responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay, to take their first and only lead of the game. The 49ers scored 10 points in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Kendrick Bourne and a 42-yard field goal from Gould. The Lions scored the final points of the first half via a 27-yard field goal from Matt Prater, to make the score 13–10 in favor of the 49ers at half-time. The 49ers scored 14 points in the third quarter via an 11-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Garrett Celek and a 66-yard touchdown run from Matt Breida. The Lions then added a 43-yard field goal from Prater. The 49ers extended their lead in the fourth quarter via a 36-yard field goal from Gould. The Lions scored 14 points in the final quarter via a five-yard touchdown reception by Marvin Jones and a 15-yard touchdown reception by Michael Roberts, making the final score 30–27 in favor of San Francisco.

Week 3: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Three: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 7 0

10

Lions 3 10 7 6

26

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

First quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 38-yard field goal, 5:55. Lions 3–0. Drive: 12 plays, 65 yards, 7:37.

Second quarter

  • DET – Kenny Golladay 4-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 14:12. Lions 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 5:41.
  • DET – Matt Prater 25-yard field goal, 4:58. Lions 13–0. Drive: 14 plays, 71 yards, 7:28.
  • NE – Stephen Gostkowski 36-yard field goal, 0:40. Lions 13–3. Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 4:18.

Third quarter

  • NE – James White 10-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 10:03. Lions 13–10. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:31.
  • DET – Marvin Jones 33-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 3:45. Lions 20–10. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 6:18.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 32-yard field goal, 12:44. Lions 23–10. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 4:14.
  • DET – Matt Prater 30-yard field goal, 1:56. Lions 26–10. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 1:20.

Top passers

  • NE – Tom Brady – 14/26, 133 yards, TD, INT
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 27/36, 262 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • NE – Rob Gronkowski – 4 receptions, 51 yards
  • DET – Marvin Jones – 4 receptions, 69 yards, TD

In week 3, the Lions hosted the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 38-yard field goal by Matt Prater to take a lead they never gave up. The Lions scored 10 points in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay and a 25-yard field goal from Prater. The Patriots finally got on the board late in the quarter via a 36-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, to make the score 13–3 in favor of the Lions at half-time. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, first a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to James White for the Patriots, then a 33-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones for the Lions. The Lions extended their lead in the fourth quarter via two field goals from Prater, from 32-yards and 30-yards, respectively, making the final score 26–10 in favor of Detroit, for their first win of the season. This was the Lions' first victory over the Patriots since the 2000 season. Kerryon Johnson's 101 rushing yards marked the first time a Lions player rushed for over 100 yards in a game since Reggie Bush on Thanksgiving Day in 2013, ending the fourth-longest streak (70 games) without a 100-yard rusher in NFL history.

Week 4: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Four: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 3 0 14

24

Cowboys 3 10 7 6

26

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DAL – Brett Maher 43-yard field goal, 11:06. Drive: 12 plays, 50 yards, 4:18. Lions 7–6.
  • DET – Matt Prater 33-yard field goal, 2:54. Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards, 8:11. Lions 10–6.
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott 38-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick), 1:18. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:11. Cowboys 13–10.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Geoff Swaim 1-yard pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick), 3:01. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 4:03. Cowboys 20–10.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Kerryon Johnson 8-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 14:20. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:39. Cowboys 20–17.
  • DAL – Brett Maher 22-yard field goal, 5:52. Drive: 16 plays, 85 yards, 8:31. Cowboys 23–17.
  • DET – Golden Tate 38-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 2:17. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:32. Lions 24–23.
  • DAL – Brett Maher 38-yard field goal, 0:03. Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 2:17. Cowboys 26–24.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 24/30, 307 yards, 2 TD
  • DAL – Dak Prescott – 17/27, 255 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • DET – Kerryon Johnson – 9 carries, 55 yards, TD
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott – 25 carries, 152 yards

Top receivers

  • DET – Golden Tate – 8 receptions, 132 yards, 2 TD
  • DAL – Ezekiel Elliott – 4 receptions, 88 yards, TD

In week 4, the Lions donned all gray uniforms and visited the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 32-yard field goal from Brett Maher. Detroit responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate, to take their first lead of the game. In the second quarter, both teams scored a field goal, first a 43-yard field goal by Maher for the Cowboys, then a 33-yard field goal by Matt Prater for the Lions. The Cowboys regained the lead with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Ezekiel Elliott, to make the score 13–10 in favor of the Dallas at half-time. The only points of the third quarter was from Dallas via a one-yard touchdown pass from Prescott to Geoff Swaim. The Lions scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter while the Cowboys had a pair of field goals. First an eight-yard touchdown run from Kerryon Johnson for Detroit, then a 22-yard field goal from Maher for Dallas. The Lions took a one-point lead when Tate caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Stafford, but the Cowboys won in the final seconds of the game with a 38-yard field goal by Maher.

Week 5: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Five: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 14 9

23

Lions 14 10 0 7

31

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,405
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DET – LeGarrette Blount 1-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 10:30. Drive: 1 play, 1 yard, 0:04. Lions 7–0.
  • DET – LeGarrette Blount 1-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 1:06. Drive: 4 plays, 69 yards, 2:16. Lions 14–0.

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 39-yard field goal, 14:52. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 0:21. Lions 17–0.
  • DET – Marvin Jones 8-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 0:20. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 0:38. Lions 24–0.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Kenny Golladay 5-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 12:55. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:19. Lions 31–14.
  • GB – Davante Adams 12-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, 9:01. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:54. Lions 31–20.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 41-yard field goal, 0:07. Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 1:02. Lions 31–23.

Top passers

  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 32/52, 442 yards, 3 TD
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 14/26, 183 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • GB – Davante Adams – 9 receptions, 140 yards, TD
  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 4 receptions, 98 yards, TD

In week 5, the Lions hosted their divisional rival the Green Bay Packers. The Lions scored 24 unanswered points in the first half. First a pair of one-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter by LeGarrette Blount. The Lions added 10 points in the second quarter via a 39-yard field goal by Matt Prater and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones, to make the score 24–0 in favor of the Lions at half-time. The Packers finally got on the board in the third quarter scoring 14 points via a three-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Rodgers to Jamaal Williamsand a one-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Lance Kendricks. In the fourth quarter, Detroit scored their only points of the second half via a five-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kenny Golladay. Green Bay added nine more points via a 12-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams and a 41-yard field goal from Mason Crosby, making the final score 31–23 in favor of Detroit. Dating back to last season, it was the first time the Lions defeated the Packers three games in a row since they did so during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. They went into their bye week with a 2–3 record.

Week 7: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Seven: Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 10 9 6

32

Dolphins 0 7 7 7

21

at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 29-yard field goal, 12:39. Drive: 6 plays, 85 yards, 2:38. Lions 10–0.
  • MIA – Kenny Stills 5-yard pass from Brock Osweiler (Jason Sanders kick), 7:33. Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 5:01. Lions 10–7.
  • DET – LeGarrette Blount 2-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 1:02. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:31. Lions 17–7.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 28-yard field goal, 8:36. Drive: 12 plays, 65 yards, 6:28. Lions 20–7.
  • MIA – Kenyan Drake 54-yard run (Jason Sanders kick), 7:06. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:26. Lions 20–14.
  • DET – Michael Roberts 4-yard pass from Matthew Stafford, 3:16. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:50. Lions 26–14.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 10:09. Drive: 7 plays, 63 yards, 3:59. Lions 29–14.
  • MIA – Danny Amendola 24-yard pass from Brock Osweiler (Jason Sanders kick), 6:00. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:04. Lions 29–21.
  • DET – Matt Prater 50-yard field goal, 2:00. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 4:05. Lions 32–21.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 18/22, 217 yards, 2 TD
  • MIA – Brock Osweiler – 22/31, 329 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DET – Michael Roberts – 3 receptions, 48 yards, 2 TD
  • MIA – Danny Amendola – 6 receptions, 84 yards, TD

In week 7, the Lions visited the Miami Dolphins. The Lions took an early lead in the first quarter, that they never gave back, following a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Michael Roberts. The Lions added 10 points in the second quarter, via a 29-yard field goal by Matt Prater and a two-yard touchdown run from LeGarrette Blount. Miami got on the board via a five-yard touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler to Kenny Stills, to make the score 17–7 in favor of the Lions at half-time. The Lions extended their lead in third quarter via a 28-yard field goal from Prater and a four-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Roberts. The Dolphins responded with a 54-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake. The Lions added six points in the fourth quarter, via two field goals by Prater from 35-yards and 50-yards, respectively. The Dolphins responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Osweiler to Danny Amendola, making the final score 32–21 in favor of Detroit. This was the Lions' first road win of the season. The Lions rushed for 248 yards in the game, their highest rushing total since November 23, 1997.[49]

Week 8: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 21 0 7

28

Lions 7 0 0 7

14

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • SEA – Tyler Lockett 24-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 14:15. Drive:7 plays, 75 yards, 3:00. Tied 7–7.
  • SEA – David Moore 15-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 12:42. Drive: 3 plays, 34 yards, 1:22. Seahawks 14–7.
  • SEA – Ed Dickson 12 yard pass from Russell Wilson (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 2:28. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 7:16. Seahawks 21–7.

Third quarter

  • No scoring

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Chris Carson 7-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 14:23. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:53. Seahawks 28–7.
  • DET – Marvin Jones 19-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 10:40. Drive: 10 plays, 85 yards, 3:43. Seahawks 28–14.

Top passers

  • SEA – Russell Wilson – 14/17, 247 yards, 3 TD
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 27/40, 310 yards, 2 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • SEA – Chris Carson – 25 carries, 105 yards, TD
  • DET – Kerryon Johnson – 8 carries, 22 yards

Top receivers

  • SEA – David Moore – 4 receptions, 97 yards, TD
  • DET – Marvin Jones – 7 receptions, 117 yards, 2 TD

In week 8, the Lions hosted the Seattle Seahawks. Detroit took an early lead in the first quarter via a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Marvin Jones, but Seattle tied it up in the second quarter via a 24-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockettand added 14 more points via a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to David Moore and a 12-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Ed Dickson, to make the score 21–7 in favor of the Seahawks at half-time. After a scoreless third quarter, Seattle extended their lead in the fourth quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run by Chris Carson. The Lions scored the game's final points with another touchdown pass from Stafford to Jones, this one for 19-yards, making the final score 28–14 in favor of Seattle.

Week 9: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Nine: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 6 0 3

9

Vikings 7 10 0 7

24

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 13:20. Drive: 14 plays, 48 yards, 8:16. Vikings 7–3.
  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 4:48. Drive: 0 plays, 28 yards, 5:44. Vikings 7–6.
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 2-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 3:20. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:25. Vikings 14–6.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 39-yard field goal, 0:08. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 0:35. Vikings 17–6.

Third quarter

  • No scoring

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Danielle Hunter 32-yard fumble recovery (Dan Bailey kick), 6:57. Drive: 6 plays, 4 yards, 3:16. Vikings 24–6.
  • DET – Matt Prater 37-yard field goal, 1:13. Drive: 17 plays, 69 yards, 5:46. Vikings 24–9.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 25/36, 199 yards
  • MIN – Kirk Cousins – 18/22, 164 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

In week 9, the Lions visited their divisional rival the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings took an early lead in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Latavius Murray. The Lions responded in the second quarter with a pair of 35-yard field goals by Matt Prater. The Vikings extended their lead via a two-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen and a 39-yard field goal by Dan Bailey, to make the score 17–6 in favor of Minnesota at half-time. After a scoreless third quarter, each team scored once in the fourth quarter. First a 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Danielle Hunter for the Vikings, then a 37-yard field goal by Prater for the Lions, making the final score 24–9 in favor of Minnesota.

Week 10: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Ten: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 3 12

22

Bears 13 13 8 0

34

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • CHI – Anthony Miller 45-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky, 11:24. Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 1:56. Bears 19–0.
  • CHI – Mitchell Trubisky 4-yard run (Cody Parkey kick), 8:14. Drive: 4 plays, 18 yards, 1:38. Bears 26–0.
  • DET – Kerryon Johnson 1-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 1:05. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 7:09. Bears 26–7.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 52-yard field goal, 13:23. Drive: 5 plays, 36 yards, 1:37. Bears 26–10.
  • CHI – Allen Robinson 26-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Mitchell Trubisky pass to Trey Burton for two-point conversion), 2:50. Drive: 2 plays, 50 yards, 0:54. Bears 34–10.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – Kenny Golladay 5-yd pass from Matthew Stafford, 8:30. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:00. Bears 34–16.
  • DET – Kerryon Johnson 13-yd pass from Matthew Stafford, 7:21. Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards, 1:09. Bears 34–22.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 25/42, 274 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • CHI – Mitchell Trubisky – 23/30, 355 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 6 receptions, 78 yards, TD
  • CHI – Allen Robinson – 6 receptions, 133 yards, 2 TD

In week 10, the Lions visited their divisional rival the Chicago Bears. The Bears scored 13 points in the first quarter via a three-yard touchdown run by Tarik Cohenand a 36-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Allen Robinson. The Bears added another 13 points in the second quarter via a 45-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky to Anthony Millerand a four-yard touchdown run by Trubisky. The Lions finally got on the board just before the intermission via a one-yard touchdown run by Kerryon Johnson, to make the score 26–7 in favor of Chicago at half-time. The Lions opened the scoring in the second half with a 52-yard field goal by Matt Prater. The Bears extended their lead in the third quarter via a 26-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky to Robinson, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Trubisky to Trey Burton. In the fourth quarter, the Lions scored 12 points via a five-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladayand a 13-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Johnson, making the final score 34–22 in favor of Chicago.

Week 11: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Eleven: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 12

19

Lions 7 3 3 7

20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,999
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 54-yard field goal, 0:37. Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 3:36. Lions 10–7.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 32-yard field goal, 3:47. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 5:24. Lions 13–7.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Curtis Samuel 12-yard pass from Cam Newton, 9:29. Drive: 10 plays, 92 yards, 4:33. Tied 13–13.
  • DET – Kenny Golladay 19-yard pass from Matthew Stafford, 5:13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:10. Lions 20–13.
  • CAR – D. J. Moore 8-yard pass from Cam Newton, 1:07. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:37. Lions 20–19.

Top passers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 25/37, 357 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 23/37, 220 yards, TD

Top rushers

  • CAR – Christian McCaffrey – 13 carries, 53 yards
  • DET – Kerryon Johnson – 15 carries, 87 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CAR – D. J. Moore – 7 receptions, 157 yards, TD
  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 8 receptions, 113 yards, TD

In week 11, the Lions hosted the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers took an early lead in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen. The Lions responded with an eight-yard touchdown run from Kerryon Johnson to tie the game. The Lions scored the only points of the second quarter via a 54-yard field goal from Matt Prater, to make the score 10–7 in favor of the Lions at half-time. The Lions extended their lead in the third quarter via a 32-yard field goal by Prater. In the fourth quarter, the Panthers responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Curtis Samuel to tie the game, however, the Lions regained the lead via a 19-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golladay. Carolina scored another touchdown via an eight-yard pass from Newton to D. J. Moore, then attempted to take the lead with a two-point conversion but failed, making the final score 20–19 in favor of Detroit.

Week 12: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Twelve: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 9 0 14

23

Lions 0 7 6 3

16

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • DET – LeGarrette Blount 4-yard run, 1:35. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:00. Lions 13–9.

Fourth quarter

  • CHI – Tarik Cohen 14-yard pass from Chase Daniel (Cody Parkey kick), 13:40. Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 2:55. Bears 16–13.
  • DET – Matt Prater 20-yard field goal, 7:45. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 5:56. Tied 16–16.
  • CHI – Eddie Jackson 41-yard interception return (Cody Parkey kick), 6:00. Bears 23–16.

Top passers

  • CHI – Chase Daniel – 27/37, 230 yards, 2 TD
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 28/38, 236 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • CHI – Tarik Cohen – 3 carries, 14 yards
  • DET – LeGarrette Blount – 19 carries, 88 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

In week 12, the Lions donned retro-style uniforms and hosted a Thanksgiving Day rematch with their division rival the Chicago Bears. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions got on the board first in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount. The Bears responded with a 40-yard field goal by Cody Parkey and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to Taquan Mizzell, to make the score 9–7 in favor of Chicago at half-time. Detroit scored the only points of the third quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Blount, to put the Lions up by four points. In the fourth quarter, however, the Bears took a three-point lead via a 14-yard touchdown pass from Daniel to Tarik Cohen, but the Lions quickly tied it up via a 20-yard field goal by Matt Prater. The Bears regained the lead via a 41-yard interception return by Eddie Jackson, making the final score 23–16 in favor of Chicago.

Week 13: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Thirteen: Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 10 3 14

30

Lions 0 3 10 3

16

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,974
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielmanand Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 24-yard field goal, 3:20. Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 4:40. Rams 3–0.

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 28-yard field goal, 12:24. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:53. Tied 3–3.
  • LAR – Robert Woods 8-yard pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick), 2:28. Drive: 12 plays, 71 yards, 6:09. Rams 10–3.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 47-yard field goal, 0:48. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 0:50. Rams 13–3.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 29-yard field goal, 7:56. Drive: 9 plays, 36 yards, 5:25. Rams 13–6.
  • LAR – Greg Zuerlein 48-yard field goal, 5:51. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 2:10. Rams 16–6.
  • DET – Taylor Decker 11-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 3:02. Drive: 10 plays, 24 yards, 5:18. Rams 16–13.

Fourth quarter

  • LAR – Todd Gurley 13-yard run (Greg Zuerlein kick), 6:53. Drive: 3 plays, 24 yards, 1:20. Rams 23–13.
  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 2:57. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:59. Rams 23–16.
  • LAR – Todd Gurley 2-yard run (Greg Zuerlein kick), 1:54. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:00. Rams 30–16.

Top passers

  • LAR – Jared Goff – 17/33, 207 yards, TD, INT
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 20/33, 245 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • LAR – Todd Gurley – 23 carries, 132 yards, 2 TD
  • DET – LeGarrette Blount – 16 carries, 61 yards

Top receivers

  • LAR – Robert Woods – 5 receptions, 67 yards, TD
  • DET – Levine Toilolo – 4 receptions, 90 yards

In week 13, the Lions hosted the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 24-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein. The Lions tied it up in the second quarter via a 28-yard field goal by Matt Prater. The Rams then scored ten more points via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to Robert Woodsand a 47-yard field goal by Zuerlein to make the half–time score 13–3 in favor of Los Angeles. Both teams scored a field goal in the third quarter, first a 29-yard field goal by Prater for the Lions, then a 48-yard field goal by Zuerlein for the Rams. The Lions reduced the Rams' lead to three points via a 11-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Taylor Decker. The Rams responded with 14 points in the fourth quarter via two touchdown runs from Todd Gurley, from 13-yards and two-yards, respectively. The Lions added a 35-yard field goal from Prater, making the final score 30–16 in favor of Los Angeles.

Week 14: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Fourteen: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 7 7

17

Cardinals 0 0 0 3

3

at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), sunny — retractable roof open
  • Game attendance: 62,014
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Tim Brando, Brady Quinn and Shane Bacon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 47-yard field goal, 9:40. Drive: 3 plays, 55 yards, 7:56. Lions 3–0.

Third quarter

  • DET – Darius Slay 67-yard interception return (Matt Prater kick), 3:16. Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:42. Lions 10–0.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – Zane Gonzalez 22-yard field goal, 8:21. Drive: 9 plays, 62 yards, 5:17. Lions 10–3.
  • DET – Zach Zenner 1-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 4:05. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:09. Lions 17–3.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • DET – Zach Zenner – 12 carries, 54 yards, TD
  • ARI – David Johnson – 15 carries, 49 yards

Top receivers

In week 14, the Lions visited the Arizona Cardinals. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions scored the only points of the first half via a 47-yard field goal by Matt Prater, to make the score 3–0 in favor of the Lions at half-time. The Lions extended their lead in the third quarter via a 67-yard interception return by Darius Slay. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals finally got on the board via a 22-yard yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez to avoid a shutout. The Lions added to their lead with a one-yard run by Zach Zenner to make the final score 17–3 in favor of the Lions. This was the Lions' first win in Arizona since 1993.

Week 15: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Fifteen: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 13 0 0

13

Bills 0 7 0 7

14

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 59,110
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • No scoring

Fourth quarter

  • BUF – Robert Foster 42-yard pass from Josh Allen (Steven Hauschka kick), 10:26. Drive: 2 plays, 61 yards, 1:17. Bills 14–13.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 22/29, 208 yards, TD
  • BUF – Josh Allen – 13/26, 204 yards, TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 7 receptions, 146 yards
  • BUF – Robert Foster – 4 receptions, 108 yards, TD

In week 15, the Lions visited the Buffalo Bills. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions opened the scoring in the second quarter via a four-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Andy Jones. Buffalo responded with a three-yard touchdown run by Josh Allen. The Lions replied with a one-yard touchdown run by Zach Zenner to make the score 13–7 in favor of the Lions at half-time. After a scoreless third quarter, the Bills scored the only points of the second half via a 42-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Robert Foster. The Lions' attempted comeback failed when Matt Prater missed a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, making the final score 14–13 in favor of the Bills. With the loss, the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 16: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Sixteen: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 14 3 10

27

Lions 3 6 0 0

9

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 61,641
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 47-yard field goal, 7:30. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:40. Lions 3–0.

Second quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 35-yard field goal, 10:39. Drive: 9 plays, 21 yards, 4:11. Lions 6–0.
  • DET – Matt Prater 48-yard field goal, 4:05. Drive: 8 plays, 36 yards, 4:17. Lions 9–0.
  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 8-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 1:32. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 2:33. Lions 9–7.
  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 44-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 0:00. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 0:36. Viking 14–9.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Dan Bailey 24-yard field goal, 8:54. Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 6:06. Viking 17–9.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph 4-yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick), 13:25. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 5:38. Viking 24–9.
  • MIN – Dan Bailey 29-yard field goal, 4:15. Drive: 4 plays, -1 yards, 2:15. Viking 27–9.

Top passers

  • MIN – Kirk Cousins – 21/28, 253 yards, 3 TD
  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 18/32, 116 yards

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • MIN – Kyle Rudolph – 9 receptions, 122 yards, 2 TD
  • DET – Kenny Golladay – 6 receptions, 58 yards

In week 16, the Lions played their final home game of the season when they hosted a rematch with their divisional rival the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 47-yard field goal by Matt Prater and extended their lead in the second quarter via two field goals by Prater, from 35-yardsand 48-yards, respectively. The Vikings responded with two touchdowns, an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggsand a 44-yard Hail Mary pass from Cousins to Kyle Rudolph as time expired in the first half, to make the score 14–9 in favor of the Vikings at half-time. The Vikings held the Lions scoreless in the second half and extended their lead in the third quarter via a 24-yard field goal by Dan Bailey, then added 10 more points in the fourth quarter via a four-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Rudolphand a 29-yard field goal by Bailey, making the final score 27–9 in favor of Minnesota. With the loss, the Lions fell to 5–10 and secured a last place finish in NFC North for the first time since 2012.

Week 17: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Seventeen: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 14 3 7

31

Packers 0 0 0 0

0

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DET – Levine Toilolo 8-yard pass from Matt Prater (Matt Prater kick), 10:41. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 5:57. Lions 14–0.
  • DET – Zach Zenner 13-yard run (Matt Prater kick), 1:06. Drive: 13 plays, 86 yards, 5:31. Lions 21–0.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 43-yard field goal, 3:12. Drive: 8 plays, 43 yards, 3:53. Lions 24–0.

Fourth quarter

  • DET – T. J. Jones 23-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 6:53. Drive: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:46. Lions 31–0.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 20/32, 266 yards, 2 TD
  • GB – DeShone Kizer – 16/35, 132 yards, INT

Top rushers

  • DET – Zach Zenner – 21 carries, 93 yards, TD
  • GB – DeShone Kizer – 4 carries, 40 yards

Top receivers

To end the season, the Lions visited their divisional rival the Green Bay Packers for a rematch of week 5. The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter via a five-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to T. J. Jones. The Lions added 14 points in the second quarter via an eight-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt from Matt Prater to Levine Toiloloand a 13-yard touchdown run by Zach Zenner, to make the score 21–0 in favor of the Lions at half-time. Detroit scored twice in the second half, first via a 43-yard field goal by Prater in the third quarter, then via a 23-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Jones in the fourth quarter, to make the final score 31–0 in favor of the Lions, giving them their only shutout win of the season and a 6–10 record. This was also the Lions' first shutout against the Packers since 1973, the first shutout against the Packers in Green Bay since 1970, the first shutout for the Lions since 1996, and their first four-game winning streak against them since the 1982 and 1983 seasons. They also swept the Packers for the second consecutive season.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC North
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Chicago Bears 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 421 283 W4
Minnesota Vikings 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 360 341 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 376 400 L1
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 360 W1

ConferenceEdit

NFCv · d · e
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[lower-alpha 1] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 .482 .488 L1
2[lower-alpha 1] Los Angeles Rams West 13 3 0 .813 6–0 9–3 .480 .428 W2
3 Chicago Bears North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .430 .419 W4
4 Dallas Cowboys East 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 .488 .444 W2
Wild cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .484 .400 W2
6 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 .518 .486 W3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Minnesota Vikings North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 .504 .355 L1
8[lower-alpha 2] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .482 .348 W3
9[lower-alpha 2] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .486 .371 L2
10[lower-alpha 2] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .508 .518 W1
11 Green Bay Packers North 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 .488 .417 L1
12 Detroit Lions North 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .504 .427 W1
13[lower-alpha 3] New York Giants East 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .527 .487 L3
14[lower-alpha 3] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .523 .506 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .504 .406 L2
16 Arizona Cardinals West 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .527 .302 L4
Tiebreakers[lower-alpha 4]
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