Lions cuff Rams' Keenum in time
DETROIT — They spent three quarters making Case Keenum look like Joe Montana, but when the Lions needed a stop most, their short-handed defense came up big.
Cornerback Darius Slay broke up a third-down pass with just more than five minutes to play and Matthew Stafford led the Lions on a nine-play, 44-yard field-goal drive to beat the Rams.
"We've gotten comfortable being uncomfortable," Detroit coach Caldwell said of his players. "They feel like that's the norm."
The Rams had one final chance to win, but safety Rafael Bush intercepted a Keenum pass intended for Lance Kendricks with 1:01 to play.
"I saw the quarterback staring and knew I just had to catch the ball," Bush said.
Until then Keenum picked apart a Lions defense playing without linebacker DeAndre Levy and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He completed 19 straight passes at one point.