NFL: Matthew Stafford stars as Detroit Lions floor Seattle Seahawks
Last Updated: 28/10/12 9:19pm
Matthew Stafford: threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions
The Detroit Lions left it late to beat the Seattle Seahawks, Titus Young's touchdown with 20 seconds to play clinching a 28-24 triumph.
Matt Stafford hit Young from a yard out to cap a 16-play, game-winning drive that finally finished off the Seahawks at the end of a see-saw contest at Ford Field.
Seattle had led three times, including by as much as 10 in the second quarter, but on each occasion they were unable to cling on, meaning they suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
Trailing 7-3 after the first quarter, the visitors hit back in impressive fashion when Marshawn Lynch charged 77 yards into the end zone on the ground.
Russell Wilson followed up with a nine-yard pass to Sidney Rice to put the Seahawks, who had broken the deadlock with a field goal from Steven Hauschka, 17-7 ahead.
However, the Lions came roaring back. Stafford tossed a 46-yarder to Young to cut the gap to three by half time before the quarterback himself found the end zone, on a one-yard run, to put the hosts 21-17 ahead.
Seattle moved back in front when tight end Zach Miller made a spectacular, 16-yard catch on a pass from rookie quarterback Wilson, though they left enough time on the clock for Detroit to respond.
Stafford - who finished 34 of 49 for 352 yards and three touchdowns - engineered a drive that included two crucial third-down completions to set up Young for the winning score.