Thanksgiving NFL Roundup: Stafford throws 5 TDs to lead Lions to Thanksgiving win; Panthers and Bears also win
DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes, three to Calvin Johnson, and the revived Detroit Lions won their third straight by walloping the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thursday at Ford Field.Stafford completed 27 of 38 passes for 3...
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes, three to Calvin Johnson, and the revived Detroit Lions won their third straight by walloping the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thursday at Ford Field.
Stafford completed 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards for the Lions (4-7), who have also won three consecutive Thanksgiving Day games.
Johnson, who tied his career high with his three touchdown grabs, caught eight passes for 93 yards. He has an NFL-record 11 TD receptions on Thanksgiving and at least one for seven consecutive seasons.
Running back Theo Riddick and wide receiver Golden Tate hauled in Stafford’s other scoring passes. Running back Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown.
Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah recorded a career-high 3 1/2 sacks and recovered a fumble.
Mark Sanchez passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-7), who gave up 45 points for the second time in five days and lost their third straight.
The Lions led 24-7 at halftime.
Stafford connected with Riddick on an eight-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.
Philadelphia tied it during the opening minute of the second quarter. Sanchez found tight end Brent Celek for a two-yard score on third-and-goal to cap an 80-yard drive.
The Lions took a 14-7 lead on their next possession on Stafford’s two-yard scoring pass to Tate, who snuck out of the backfield and juked a defender for a walk-in touchdown.
Matt Prater’s 48-yard field goal gave Detroit a 10-point lead before Stafford’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson came with 12 seconds left in the half. Johnson got past rookie cornerback Eric Rowe, who replaced injured Nolan Carroll earlier in the half.
Johnson defeated Rowe on one-on-one coverage on a four-yard, back-shoulder toss from Stafford to make it 31-7. Following a Sanchez turnover, Johnson beat safety Malcolm Jenkins on a three-yard catch for his third score.
Panthers stay unbeaten, Romo injured in Dallas loss
ARLINGTON, Texas - The undefeated Carolina Panthers can put “defeated the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving” on their ever-growing resume.
Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted two passes in the second quarter, part of a stifling effort by the Carolina defense in a 33-14 victory over the Cowboys on Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 11 of 21 passes for 106 yards and three interceptions. And then, after Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis sacked him, Romo left the game favoring his left arm on the final play of the third quarter. It was later ruled that he had broken his collarbone again, and he will miss the remainder of the season.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton turned in a stellar performance, connecting on 16 of 27 passes for 183 yards and rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown.
The Carolina defense set the tone and put the Panthers (11-0) in command by halftime.
Panthers safety Kurt Coleman intercepted Romo on the game’s third offensive play. Coleman eluded the Dallas offensive players in pursuit, crossing the field for a pick-six that gave Carolina a 7-0 lead with 14:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Bears spoil Favre jersey retirement
GREEN BAY, Wisc. - The Green Bay Packers honored Brett Favre on Thursday, but Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears’ defense ruined the celebration.
Cutler, who was 1-11 against the Packers as Chicago’s quarterback, led the Bears to a big upset of the first-place Packers, 17-13 at rainy Lambeau Field.
For the first time in 13 games against the Packers as the Bears’ quarterback, Cutler did not throw an interception.
Chicago’s defense, on the other hand, had two takeaways, and they were both huge. The first set up a first-half touchdown. The second came with 3:19 remaining in the game.
With the Packers trailing 17-13 and having reached midfield, Rodgers fired a slant to Davante Adams. The wide receiver, however, was knocked off his route by safety Chris Prosinski, and cornerback Tracy Porter grabbed the interception.
Green Bay (7-4) got one more chance, but on an all-or-nothing fourth down from the Bears’ 8, Rodgers bought time by moving to his left and fired to Adams in the end zone. The ball hit off Adams’ hand and fell incomplete, sealing Chicago’s win.