Friday, December 15, 2017
Sports

Lions 18, Raiders 13

Stafford not swift, just successful

DETROIT — Matthew Stafford's toenail on his right, big toe was black and blue.

"I just tore it off," he said.

A win will likely ease the pain.

Stafford ran for a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a drive in which he made a couple of other key plays with his feet to lead the Lions past the Raiders.

"He had some timely runs," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "And, that was a good decision on the touchdown because he had a couple other options there. I think teams underestimate how quick he is."

The quarterback, not known as a runner, had Detroit's first rushing score since Week 3 on a designed draw.

"I just call him Sweet Feet," Lions running back Theo Riddick joked. "He's not the fastest guy, he's not the quickest, but he makes plays."

The Lions were able to end the game by simply kneeling after picking up enough first downs on the ground, taking the last 7:22 off the clock.

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