Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Ford Field (Image courtesy of Dave Hogg under CC license)
Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
Ford Field (Image courtesy of Dave Hogg under CC license)

By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Writer

After a disappointing 1-3 record to start the 2012 season, the Detroit Lions looked to use a conveniently timed bye week to turn their season around before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.

After being down for most of the game, Detroit stormed back with 17 fourth quarter points to send the game to overtime, where Jason Hanson kicked a game winning 45-yard field goal to seal the deal.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had 22 completions on 45 attempts for 311 yards. Stafford also threw and ran for a touchdown, both in the fourth quarter.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick outplayed Stafford, completing 28 passes on 46 attempts for 311 yards. Vick accounted for two passing touchdowns, which were eventually overshadowed by two interceptions.

The Lions continued to focus on the running game in Week 6. Five players accounted for at least one carry, with starting running back Mikel Leshoure leading the way with 15 carries for 70 yards.

Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson was kept out of the end zone for a second straight game. However, he did catch six passes for 137 yards.

The Lions’ defense managed to shut down the Eagles’ running game, holding them to 71 rushing yards. Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy only gained 22 rushing yards on 14 carries.

With the 26-23 win, the Lions improved to 2-3 on the year. The Lions have an extra day off this week before taking on the Chicago Bears for Monday Night Football. This has the potential to be a statement game for the Lions, as the Bears lead the NFC North with a 4-1. The game can be seen on ESPN at 8:30pm.