The Detroit Lions made another improbable comeback on Sunday with a 28-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Calvin Johnson had a career day, capped off by a six-yard touchdown catch to give the Lions (9-5) the lead with :39 left in the game.
Matthew Stafford led the Lions on a 99 yard drive and found Johnson open in the back of the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. Stafford had a huge day, going 29 for 52 passing for 391 yards and four touchdowns.
Johnson was his favorite target and he routinely got open and gashed the Oakland secondary on his way to a career-high 214 yards receiving on nine catches and two touchdowns. Fellow wideout Nate Burleson had a good game also, adding 81 yards on 7 catches, one of which was a 39-yard touchdown.
The loss is another brutal blow for Oakland’s (7-7) playoff hopes. They had a 27-14 lead halfway through the fourth quarter only to watch the Lions come roaring back to snatch away the victory.
Carson Palmer had a good day, going 32 for 40 and 367 yards passing, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had 155 yards on eight catches.
Michael Bush and the Oakland running attack was effective as well. Bush had 77 yards on 18 carries and the Raiders rushed for 132 total yards. However, the Raiders defense was unable to stop the Lions when the game was on the line.
Stafford’s big game gave him the franchise single-season record for touchdown passes with 33 so far.
The Lions kept themselves in position for a wild card spot in the playoffs with the victory while the Raiders caught a break with both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos losing today as well.