David Johnson (wrist) pulled from Cardinals' game, never returns

The advantage swings in the Cardinals favor when you look at the running backs, as the combination of Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah are no contest for the exploits of David Johnson. But Lions fans have also seen plenty of fourth-quarter comebacks, and quarterback Matthew Stafford technically delivered a critical one. Golladay made a diving catch and rolled into the end zone to complete the 45-yard scoring play.

Worse yet, Redfern was knocked from the game, forcing kicker Matt Prater to handle punt duties for the rest of the game, the first time he's done so during his professional career.

The Lions defense would come through again in the second quarter when safety Glover Quin intercepted another Palmer overthrow. This time, the Lions recovered it and just scored to pull within one, 17-15. He played his college ball at Northern Illinois, where he caught 87 passes for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior last season, and 79 passes for 1,129 yards and 10 TDs two years ago as a junior.

There are high expectations for the defense and hope for great performances on offense. Stafford had a strong fantasy day (29-of-41, 292 yards, four touchdowns) and the beneficiaries were Tate and Golladay - with Golladay becoming an emerging star. Another doozy. The Lions actually did well to initially limit the Cards to a field goal on a short field. Punter Kasey Redfern bobbled the snap in his end zone, then got tackled shy of a first down at the 13-yard line. Gollday had four grabs for 69 yards and Golden Tate paced the receivers with 10 catches for 107 yards. When he high-points a ball like that, there's nothing a defensive back can do.

The Cardinals added a meaningless score late in the closing minutes.

  • Jon Douglas