Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

Here are reactions to notable moments during Sunday's Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns game, compiled by Eric Coughlin of The Detroit News.

Here is the play Kizer was injured on. He tried - but failed - to rally his team from a 14-point deficit late in the fourth quarter. Did they not know to spike it?

With a third-and-eight from Cleveland's 17-yard line, Stafford ran for an eight-yard gain, and then, gave the ball to Abdullah for the touchdown.

Isaiah Crowell gained 90 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown for the Browns (0-9).

Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson stripped the Browns ball carrier, broke a tackle and took it all the way back for a touchdown, making it 17-10 Lions in the second quarter. Linebacker Jamie Collins' interception of a Stafford pass set up Cleveland's first-quarter touchdown.

Detroit also got some big runs from running backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

Ebron's touchdown was a 29-yard reception that capped off a nine-play, 61-yard drive.

What I didn't like: The end of the first half was a series of clock-management mishaps that saw the Browns blow a chance to tie the game or cut the deficit with a field goal. And there even was a Kenny Britt sighting, as he was able to turn a short pass into a touchdown in the first quarter. Their first play after the punt was a 37-yard pass to Sammie Coates to set up a field goal that gave the Browns a 3-0 lead.

NOTES: Lions DE Ziggy Ansah missed the game with a back injury.

Taylor Decker should make his season debut Sunday against the No. 1 pick from this year's draft.

Decker tore the labrum in his right shoulder in June, and spent the last two weeks practicing in anticipation of his return. But more than anything, it staved off what would have been a devastating loss for Detroit, which would have erased any positive momentum the team gained in a rare win at Green Bay last Monday night. After all, the Lions are clearly the better team and they have the home-field advantage (though that has not been very helpful for them this season). QB DeShone Kizer has four rushing touchdowns, the most by a Cleveland quarterback since Brian Sipe had four in 1974.

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