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Lions rally to beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nnamdi Asomugha sat at his locker stall in
full uniform with his head down long after the Philadelphia
Eagles blew one they had in their grasp.

It'll be a long bye week for this turnover-prone team.

Matthew Stafford rallied desperate Detroit back from a 10-point
fourth-quarter deficit, Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal
in overtime and the Lions beat the Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.

"This is pretty bad because this was a big game for us," said
Asomugha, the two-time All-Pro cornerback. "We lost last week
and going into a bye this hurts a lot because it would have
helped us. If we can't win a game like that, we have to go back
to the drawing board. We have to close out a game like that."

A defense that held Stafford and Calvin Johnson in check for 3
1/2 quarters collapsed at the end for the second straight week,
and the Eagles (3-3) enter the bye with consecutive late losses.
Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a long drive that ended
with a final-second field goal for a 16-14 win last Sunday.

"They wanted it more. We blew it," cornerback Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie said.

Stafford led Detroit to 17 points in the last 10 minutes to
force overtime, throwing a TD pass and running for a score. He
finished with 311 yards passing, one TD and one interception.

The comeback kept Lions (2-3) from a 1-4 start a year after
opening 5-0 en route to their first playoff appearance since

"It takes lot of heart," Stafford said. "It would have been a
lot easier to just pack it in. This team has lot of fight. We
didn't play great. We did on defense, not on offense. Every guy
in that locker room didn't stop playing and that's what got us
the win."

Michael Vick threw for 311 yards and two TDs, but he also had
two interceptions and a botched snap led to another lost fumble.
The Eagles now have 17 turnovers in six games, including 13 by
Vick on eight picks and five fumbles.

"This is going to hurt for a long time," Vick said. "We put
ourselves in position to win and didn't finish."

Down 23-13 after Vick's 70-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin with
5:18 left, the Lions answered.

Detroit had two shots from the Eagles 1 following a pass
interference penalty on Colt Anderson with 13 seconds left in
regulation. But Stafford misfired on both passes and Hanson
kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime.

"I don't know what to tell you other than we have to do better,"
coach Andy Reid said. "We've got to learn how to win football
games. You have a 10-point lead with 10 minutes left, you have
to learn how to finish."

The Lions sacked Vick on the first two plays of the extra
quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at

Stafford hit Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 27 on
first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the winner.

"I was nervous," Hanson said. "We needed it bad. We needed it to
get our season on track."

Johnson had 135 yards receiving, but the All-Pro wide receiver
still has no TD catches from Stafford this season. He was called
for offensive pass interference to negate his 11-yard TD grab in
the fourth quarter.

The undisciplined Lions overcame 16 penalties, most in the NFL
this season.

After Detroit closed within 16-13 in the fourth, the Eagles got
their biggest play of the season when Vick connected with Maclin
on a deep slant pass. It was Philadelphia's first play for more
than 49 yards all season.

No problem for the Lions. Stafford had found his groove.

Stafford threw a 57-yard pass to Tony Scheffler to get deep in
Eagles territory and then tossed a 17-yard pass to Nate Burleson
to cut it to 23-20 with 3:32 left.

The Eagles went three-and-out and Stafford drove the Lions
downfield to tie.

Vick shook off a poor start and the offense finally got going
late in the second quarter. He hit LeSean McCoy on a 2-yard pass
to put Philadelphia up 7-6.

The Eagles increased their lead to 10-6 on Alex Henery's 26-yard
field goal on the first series of the second half.

Henery kicked a 32-yarder to make it 13-6 after Brent Celek was
called for offensive pass interference to negate his 3-yard TD

That penalty turned out to be the difference.

Henery's 49-yarder early in the fourth extended the margin to
16-6 for Philadelphia's biggest lead of the season.

But the Lions got right back in it when Stafford led an 80-play
drive, finishing it with a 1-yard run to make it 16-13. Johnson,
held to just one previous catch, caught passes of 37 and 20
yards on the drive.

On Philadelphia's next play, Chris Houston intercepted Vick's
deep pass to DeSean Jackson at the Lions 34. But the Eagles held
on defense, setting up Vick-to-Maclin.

NOTES: Eagles rookie Fletcher Cox was ejected in the fourth
quarter after getting an unnecessary roughness penalty for
punching a player on Detroit's extra point. ... Lions CB Jacob
Lacey left with a concussion. ... Johnson's only TD catch this
season came on a pass from Shaun Hill. ... Lions FS Louis Delmas
was active and starting for the first time this season after
having knee surgery in August. ... Ricky Watters was the
honorary captain for Philadelphia.


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