Lions get a breather, relatively speaking
DETROIT — By the Lions' standards, this was a comfortable, drama-free victory.
Every Detroit game this season has been decided by seven points or fewer. But this time, it needed no last-ditch passes from Matthew Stafford or long kicks from Matt Prater.
"Our mind-set is not that, 'Keep it close and see if we can win.' That's not our mind-set," coach Jim Caldwell said. "But nevertheless, it's just the way it's happening, so you have to accept that and find a way to win."
Detroit took a 23-19 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Eric Ebron with 10:03 left. The Lions then forced a punt and took possession with 8:19 to play.
On fourth and 2 from the Jacksonville 46, the Lions lined up as if to go and drew defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks offside. The penalty with 2:34 left gave Detroit a new set of downs.
"It's a heat of the moment, it's a physical game and he's trying to make a play for his team," Stafford said. "I've been on the sideline and seen guys on our team do it before. It's a tough situation to be in."
The Lions took a seven-point lead on Prater's 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, and the Jaguars didn't come close to challenging in the final seconds.