Lions Feast on Panthers 49-35

Wow what a finish... that's all I can say. Instead of getting down early the Panthers got out to a 13 point halftime lead. The defense looked inspired and Special Teams actually scored. Everything was going so well...and then the 3rd quarter started. 

QB Cam Newton looked like a rookie again. The run defense got tired and Matt Stafford lit up the Panther secondary. Yet in spite of giving up the lead they came back and tied the game with just 5 minutes remaining. I was thinking maybe we could hold on and force over time. Just the opposite happened and the Lions scored 14 more points to punch the Panthers in the gut and leave Detroit feeling worse about the loss than they should.

High Point of the Game

WR Steve Smith catches a two point conversion to tie the game with around 5 minutes to play

Low Point of the Game

QB Cam Newton is picked off by former Panther Chris Harris to end all hope of yet another comeback

The Good

  • KR Keoloha Pilares returned the first Panther kick off for a TD since 2003 by Rod 'He Hate Me' Smart
  • RB DeAngelo Williams rsuhed for 73 yards on 10 carries for a 7.3 yard average.
  • RB Jonathan Stewart had 6 receptions out of the backfield for 87 yards

 I'll save the bad and the ugly for after the jump...

The Bad

  • Jason Baker shanked a punt 33 yards that was returned 16 yards that when the 15 yard horse collar penalty is added is a net 2 yard gain on the punt.
  • QB Cam Newton had 4 INTs, though two were on tipped balls. 

The Ugly

  • The Panther run defense got ripped for 140 yards and 2 TDs on just 16 carries by Kevin Smith. The Lions just signed Smith off the street a week ago
  • The Panther secondary got toasted for 5 TD passes by Matt Stafford
This one is going to be hard to break down and analyze past the first half. Though its easy to point the finger at Cam Newton and the mistakes the rookie made we saw again first hand that this roster needs help in a lot of places. It's more than getting our injured players back but I do believe with a few key additions we can instead win these kinds of games instead of lose them in epic fashion.
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