By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Carolina Panthers 27 – Detroit Lions 24
The Detroit Lions had come off of a great victory over their division rival, Minnesota Vikings and were feeling pretty good about themselves. But so were the Panthers, who defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 4.
In a week full of distraction for the Panthers, the Lions were thinking they had them right where they wanted them. In Ford Field, with a healthy rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis back from a concussion. He was missed these last two games.
The Panthers, one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, had 11 penalties for 100 yards, and most of them happened in the first quarter. The Lions were able to capitalize and went ahead 10-3. But Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton remembered he was Cam Newton and the Panthers then scored 17 unanswered points. However, the Lions weren’t all the way done.
Ailing quarterback Matthew Stafford and the offense started clicking during the 4th quarter (as per usual!) and scored 14 straight, to make it 27-23. It was getting intense, and the Lions defense just needed to make one huge play while the Panthers were still on their side of the field. It would have been game over for the Panthers. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t get it done, and it was too little, too late for the Lions. They fell to a tougher Panthers team at home.
King Of The Pride: Tight end Darren Fells. While he’s mostly considered a blocking tight end, Sunday he played more of a role in the passing game. He scored the Lions’s two touchdowns that helped them get back in to the game. He was targeted twice and he caught them both. Honorable mention goes to fan favorite, running back Zach Zenner. He was second on the team in rushing with 11 yards and a one yard rushing touchdown.
Not King of The Pride: Tight end Eric Ebron. He did what he always does and kept dropping balls. He was targeted four times and caught only one pass. He dropped the rest of them, including one that would have been a touchdown. *Le Sigh*
Next Up: The Lions head down to the Bayou to face the New Orleans Saints who are 2-2 and coming off a bye. While the Superdome hasn’t always been a good place for the visiting team to play, the Lions have been able to win there recently. Will they be able to keep winning on the road?
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