Nutty win over Dallas Cowboys works well for Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson makes a catch and gets wrapped up by a Dallas Cowboys...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson makes a catch and gets wrapped up by a Dallas Cowboys defender at Ford Field in Detroit, Oct. 27, 2013. (ANDREW WEBER/USA Today)

Morris Dalla Costa, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

DETROIT - It was a game that re-established reputations in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions became contenders again.

The Dallas Cowboys became chokers again.

Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson once again became one of the greatest receivers in league history.

Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant proved that while he’s very good, he has a way to go to become another Megatron.

To quote Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford when he was asked whether he could explain his team’s 31-30 win over the Cowboys Sunday at Ford Field, he looked over the media and said, “No.”

It was that kind of game, the kind of ending that defied description.

Aside from the half-dozen big plays made during the game, the half dozen times momentum changed and the half-dozen storylines that popped up during the game, the ending alone was epic.

“It was crazy,” Johnson said shaking his head.

Actually, the game was nuts as well.

Johnson had the second highest total of receiving yards in one game in NFL history with 329 yards. The Cowboys offence had 268 yards in total. Yes, one receiver outgained an entire team. The Lions had 623 yards in total.

Yet the Lions were 12 seconds from losing. They continue to give up big plays. They committed four turnovers, all of them as they were marching towards points.

The Lions were lucky it was the Cowboys trying to run out the clock. The Cowboys were up by three and had run the Lions out of timeouts. But with the Lions gulping like a trout out of water, the Cowboys took a holding penalty that stopped the clock and saved the Lions 40 seconds. A Dallas field goal gave them a six point lead.

With no time outs, a minute left on the clock on their own 20 and the Cowboy defence getting bratwursts, Stafford hit Johnson for 17, Kris Durham for 40 and with 33 seconds left, Stafford hit Johnson for 22 yards to the Dallas one with 14 seconds on the clock. Stafford was yelling “spike, spike, spike,” and when everyone stood up, he dove over the top into the end zone. David Akers extra point gave the Lions the win.

“I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do that. I was yelling ‘spike’ and I saw the linebackers kind of standing like this and our line stood up. I looked and the ball was this far away,” Stafford said spreading his hands about half a foot. “Shoot, I’m going to get that.”

It was an impressive comeback win for the Lions.

For the Cowboys, it as an impressive gag job.

At times this season it looked as if the Cowboys were going to get the last laugh on experts who felt they would be bringing up the bottom of the NFC East. Despite being outplayed by the Lions, they should have been 5-3. Now the questions will be raised again about how tough the Cowboys really are and how together they are.

Bryant came off the field in the third quarter, clearly upset about Romo not finding him in a key situation with a pass and had a long discussion with Romo.

“I’m sure you have seen him get emotional which happens every game,” Romo said. “He’s never complained to me about getting the ball. It’s more ‘rah, rah’ from Dez. He is not a ‘me’ guy.”

The Cowboys tossed a way a game they had in their back pocket. The players were visibly upset and angry. It was an ugly lockerroom.

“A tough loss, you have to be able to put it behind you and come right back,” Romo said. “It’s not going to happen today.”

This was a team loss from the coaching staff on down.

“Look at yourself in the mirror,” said Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett. “It starts with me, the coaching staff and every player in that lockerroom.”

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

Not you cowpokes. That loss was damn ugly.

 


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