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Detroit Lions’ comeback falls 1-yard short, lose to Raiders 24-31

The Lions suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Raiders.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Stick around here as we provide live updates and highlights for the Detroit Lions’ Week 9 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

First quarter

The Lions got the ball first and got moving early. A big 28-yard pickup by Kenny Golladay kept the drive alive on a third-and-short. And just as the Lions were moving into the red zone, J.D. McKissic and Matthew Stafford couldn’t connect on a handoff and the Raiders recovered the fumble at their own 32-yard line.

The Raiders quickly responded with a ground attack from Josh Jacobs. Jacobs would run for 46 yards on Oakland’s opening drive, including a 2-yard score. 7-0 Raiders.

Detroit’s offense would quickly rebound from the fumble. After a couple successful runs, Stafford found Marvin Jones Jr. for a 47-yard bomb. Look at this fantastic grab from Jones.

And just as it looked like the Lions’ red zone woes were back to haunt this team, head coach Matt Patricia decided to go for it on third-and-goal from the 2, and Stafford found Jones again for the score. 7-7 tie.

The shootout was on, and Derek Carr found his favorite target Darren Waller for 31 yards on the next possession to put Oakland in field goal position early.

Second quarter

Detroit was in a prime position to force only a field goal. But Jarrad Davis committed a pass interference penalty on a third-and-12—on a pass that had no chance of earning a first down. Instead, the Raiders got a fresh set of downs. Luckily, on the ensuing third down, the center sent an errant snap towards Derek Carr and Oakland settled for a field goal. 10-7 Raiders.

The Matthew Stafford show continued, though. Despite two holding penalties by the offensive line, Stafford first found Jones for gains of 20 and 14 yards. Then on a first-and-20, Stafford dropped a beautiful bomb to Kenny Golladay, and the Sax Man did the rest for a 59-yard touchdown. 14-7 Lions.

The Raiders were able to drive into Lions territory after a few offensive plays. But Detroit forced a fourth-and-3 at their own 35-yard line, and Oakland decided to go for it. Carr just missed a blanketed Hunter Renfrow and the Lions would take over.

And just as it looked like the Lions were going to extend their lead to two scores, Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley made an incredible interception in the end zone.

From there, the Raiders would methodically move down the field. A huge third-and-12 pickup from Carr got Oakland into Lions territory, as the clock turned over into the two-minute warning. A few plays later, Jacobs dove into the end zone to give Oakland the lead back. 17-14 Raiders.

Detroit was able to get to midfield with less than a minute remaining, but a couple incomplete passes and a sack forced the rest of the time off the clock and that was the score at halftime.

Third quarter

The Detroit Lions got a big three-and-out to start the second half, but the Raiders had a trick up their sleeve. They ran a beautiful fake punt and immediately found themselves in field goal range. Detroit’s defense got another stop, and the best damn field goal defense in the league sent their voodoo Daniel Carlson’s way. The missed 45-yard field goal kept it a three-point game.

The Lions rushing attack suddenly came to life on the next drive. 32 yards on the ground in five carries got Detroit into a goal-to-go situation, but Detroit couldn’t punch it in, settling for a chip-shot field goal from Matt Prater. 17-17.

But Oakland’s offense kept the pressure on. Carr connected with Tyrell Williams on a big third-and-6 for 22 yards, and on the next play Carr found Marcell Ateman for 34. All of a sudden, the Raiders were in the red zone, but faced third-and-goal from the 3-yard line as we moved into the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter

After offsetting penalties caused a replay of the down when Detroit got a stop (based on a questionable pass interference call on Will Harris), Carr made the Lions pay. Foster Moreau hauled in the go-ahead touchdown to take the lead seconds into the fourth quarter. 24-17 Raiders.

Detroit’s second half issues continued on offense. Though they were able to work their way into Raiders territory, some questionable play-calling got the Lions in trouble. Detroit’s running game struggled again, and Stafford found himself in a third-and-10 after two failed rushes. A blitz sent Stafford flailing and Detroit punted from Oakland’s 40-yard line.

The Lions defense got the big three-and-out they needed, forcing Oakland’s first punt of the game—and this time they didn’t fake it.

But Detroit couldn’t capitalize on the good field position, as Stafford couldn’t find T.J. Hockenson on a third-and-short. They punted back to the Raiders with just 9:11 remaining, but the Lions defense would get yet another three-and-out.

This time, Stafford would make the Raiders pay. 19 yards on a tight end screen to Hockenson. Then topped off with an easy pitch-and-catch to J.D. McKissic for the 26-yard score. 24-24.

With just over five minutes to go, the Raiders offense went back to work. On the very first play, Carr lofted a perfect ball to running back Jalen Richard for a 31-yard bomb. A few plays later, he hit Richard again for 23 yards, and Oakland was already within the 10-yard line.

Facing a key third-and-goal from the 9-yard line, Carr bought some extra time, then found Hunter Renfrow for the score, giving Detroit just 2:04 remaining to tie up the ballgame. 31-24 Raiders.

The Detroit Lions were able to work their way all the way down to the Raiders 1-yard line. With 8 second remaining and the clock running, Oakland called a timeout to stop the clock on a fourth-and-goal play. Detroit didn’t have to scramble to the line, but the final pass of the game fell incomplete.

With the loss the Lions fall to 3-4-1, and worst of all, they couldn’t take advantage on a day in which the rest of the NFC North lost.


Pregame

We’ve reached a point in the season in which just about every game remaining is a must-win game if the Detroit Lions are going to keep their postseason chances alive. At 3-3-1, they’re well behind in the Wild Card race, and their NFC North titles hopes already seemed dashed since they share the division with the 7-1 Packers and 6-2 Vikings.

So that means this week’s trip to Oakland is crucial. It may not be an NFC game, but Detroit has exhausted their margin of error this year, and a loss to the 3-4 Raiders would all but doom their season for good.

But there is hope this week. The Raiders, while move improved from last year’s embarrassment, are riding a two-game losing streak, and they’ve been beaten pretty handily by the likes of the Packers, Vikings and Chiefs this year. The Lions, on the other hand, have only lost one game by two scores.

With both Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford playing the best they have in either of their careers, we could be in for some fireworks late Sunday afternoon. Low-key, this could be one of the more entertaining games of the week.

REMINDER: SUNDAY IS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. DON’T SHOW UP AN HOUR EARLY TO THE GAME.

How to watch Lions-Raiders

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
TV: FOX
Week 9 TV Map: Courtesy of 506 Sports here
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app
Local radio: WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760
Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas Brown
Odds: Raiders by 2