Just when you think it's OK to count the Detroit Lions out, they start throwing it up to Calvin Johnson and erase yet another big deficit. This time, the victim was the Dallas Cowboys, who built a 27-3 lead in the fourth quarter before falling 34-30 on Sunday. The Lions are 4-0, despite trailing in three of their first four games this season.
Once again, credit really should go to the Johnson, and to a lesser degree quarterback Matthew Stafford. The two youngsters combined on two touchdowns, both of them in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson's NFL record fourth straight game with at least two touchdowns. He now has eight touchdowns just four games into the season.
Prior to their comeback, the Lions were not looking very good. While last week, they started their comeback at halftime, this time they entered the fourth quarter still trailing by 13 points and had still not scored an offensive touchdown. Their only two touchdowns, up to that point, had been interception returns. One by Bobby Carpenter and the other by Chris Houston.
But as if simply switching on a light, the Lions turned it around. On both of Johnson's touchdowns, Stafford basically lobbed it up and let his 6-foot-5 wide receiver out jump his competition.
In stark contrast, Tony Romo seemed to shrink as the game wore on. The much maligned quarterback threw three touchdowns to help the Cowboys build a 27-3 lead, but ended the game with three interceptions. Two of them were returned for touchdowns and the third set up the Lions' go-ahead touchdown.
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