After trailing 17-0, The Lions made a quarterback change and adjustments to the offensive line to bring the score to 17-all. Lions safety Louis Delmas initiated the Lions scoring frenzy with a 100-yard interception return. Lions running back Maurice Morris continued the home team's comeback with a 67-yard rushing touchdown. The Lions added a field goal to end the their best quarter of the season.
The Cardinals third quarter was reminiscent of their disaster 60-minute performance against the San Francisco 49ers just six days prior. The Cardinals defense lacked focus, and Kurt Warner's offense missed its mark.
Cardinals' nose tackle Bryan Robinson exemplified the lack of focus and discipline. He participated in an exchange of words with the officials, which gave away 30 unnecessary yards to the on-fire third quarter Lions.
The Cardinals couldn't slow down the Lions despite an an 18-yard Beanie Wells touchdown that gave the Cardinals the lead once again. The Lions were hungry for the win. Steve Breaston nearly helped their cause, as he botched a return following Wells' TD. When the Cardinals did have the ball, the Lions were able to pressure Warner with ease. His protection was minimal. Lucky for them, the Cardinals were able to open lanes for Wells who compiled 110 yards on the game by shedding tackles and showing off his power.
The Lions QB Drew Stanton also received room to run. He scored on a 1-yard run to tie the game 24-24 in the fourth quarter. The touchdown marked the first rushing score of his career.
With less than two minutes to go, and the score tied, Arizona trusted Anquan Boldin to reach the end zone and take the final lead, 31-24.
Wins aren't always pretty, but this one will have the league scratching its collective head once again.
--Props to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who registered a pair of picks in Sunday's win over the Lions.
--The Cardinals return home and finish out the season there with games against the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers.
--Arizona will wait for its NFC West fate. The win moved the Cardinals one step closer to the title, but the 49ers must lose to make the division officially the Cardinals.
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