Breaking Down the Detroit Lions’ Game Winning Drive over the Dallas Cowboys

October 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It was one of the most thrilling victories in Detroit Lions history. When Matthew Stafford unexpectedly launched himself across the goal line to score the go-ahead touchdown, Lions fans across the country screamed in joy as one loud voice. 
That final drive is the kind of season-defining moment of which Detroit is used to being on the wrong end. Instead of the bitter loss, this time was different. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat is somewhat cliché, but it’s the plain truth in Detroit’s 31-30 win over Dallas.
Here’s a blow-by-blow of how the final drive succeeded. 
After Dan Bailey’s kickoff sailed over return man Jeremy Ross and out of the end zone, the Lions took over at the 20. The first play, on the surface, looks like a simple checkdown to running back Reggie Bush in the short left flat. Dallas easily defends it, and Bush is somewhat lucky to get out of bounds to stop the clock. 
But there is a larger purpo...

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