Rams corner beats bigger Lions name
ST. LOUIS — Calvin Johnson appeared primed for a big game, facing a beat-up secondary. Instead, St. Louis' far less famous Johnson carried the day.
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson shut down "Megatron," most of it in solo coverage, and Todd Gurley rushed for 140 yards to lead the Rams past the Lions.
"It was Johnson vs. Johnson the whole week, even in practice," the Rams' Johnson said. "He's one of the best in the league right now and I accepted the challenge. I'm a happy man."
His 58-yard interception return was the only score in the first half. Aaron Donald had three sacks of Matthew Stafford to further boost a defense that had sagged in recent weeks.
Detroit's Johnson had just a late reception for 16 yards.
Gurley led a revived offense under new coordinator Rob Boras, scoring two second-half touchdowns and needing only 16 carries for his first game with at least 100 yards since Nov. 1 against San Francisco.