Let’s start calling these Detroit Lions the “Cardiac Cats”

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Referee Donovan Briggans (12) seperates Detroit Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams, left, from St. Louis Rams fullback Brit Miller as Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) tries to get up from the field after the final play of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Detroit won 27-23. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By Sam Ali/Tell Us Detroit Sports

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – After Matthew Stafford’s three first half interceptions and a late touchdown throw by Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the first game of the season for Detroit looked like a nightmare. But just as they did in several games last year, the Lions stormed back and Stafford tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to running back Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left to give the Lions the 27-23 win at Ford Field.

The first touchdown of the Lions’ season came on a one-yard touchdown by Wayne State alum running back Joique Bell. Then as the Lions were trying to mount some kind of offensive attack, Stafford threw an interception to Cortland Finnegan who took it back for a touchdown.

Then in the fourth quarter, the scoreboard was lighting up. With a little less than 10 minutes to go, Bradford found wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the score to give the Rams the lead. Detroit stormed back and tied it on a 5 yard run by Kevin Smith. St. Louis managed a field goal right after the two minute warning. Then Stafford led the Lions on a 9-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning pass from Stafford to Smith with ten seconds left.

The Lions travel next week to San Francisco to take on the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

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