A disappointing season for Detroit took a turn for the worse yesterday when the Lions were stunned by the Colts, who rallied for 2 touchdowns with under 3 minutes remaining, including the winning score as time expired in a 35-to-33 victory for Indianapolis.
Detroit’s fourth straight loss leaves their record at 4-and-8 while the surprising Colts improved to 8-and-4, thanks in large part to rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. He was constantly harassed by the Lion’s defense and tossed 3 interceptions but he was right when it counted most with 4 touchdown passes including the final 14-yard connection with Donnie Avery on a fourth-and-ten play that began with 4 seconds left in the game.
Matthew Stafford threw for 313 yards, two touchdowns and a pick forDetroitwhile Calvin Johnson had a career-high 13 receptions for 171 yards and a score in defeat. However, Johnson caught just one pass over the final 15-minutes.
The Lions are the second team in NFL history to lose 3 straight games in which they led in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter.Detroitcan only play the spoiler’s role from here on out in the NFC North, whereGreen BayandChicagoare tied for first place. The Lion’s next game is coming up Sunday night with the national coverage on NBC’s Football Night inAmerica.
The Bears yesterday fell into a first place tie with the Packers with Chicago losing at home in overtime to Seattle 23-to-17.
The Packers, meanwhile, beat Minnesota 23-to-14 at Lambeau Field, despite allowing 210 yards rushing by Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson. Week 13 wraps up tonight with the New York Giants atWashington.