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(Sunday, October 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 44, St. Louis 6
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Shaun Hill threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Stefan Logan tied a franchise record with a 105-yard kickoff return for a score as the Detroit Lions snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 44-6 demolishing of the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field.
Hill completed 21-of-32 throws, while Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson each had a TD grab for the Lions (1-4), who won for the first time since defeating Cleveland, 38-37, on November 22 of last year. The Lions suffered a 28-26 setback at Green Bay last weekend. Logan's return equaled that of Terry Fair for the longest in Lions' history. Fair set the mark in 1998 against Tampa Bay. Alphonso Smith added a 42-yard interception return for a score.
"It does feel great to get a win, to get a win the way we did," Hill said. "Everybody scored, offense, defense, special teams. It was a fun one."
Rookie running back Jahvid Best, getting the start despite being slowed by a toe injury in practice all week, rushed for 67 yards on 18 carries in the victory. Johnson ended with four catches for 54 yards, but landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while making a diving reception for a 29-yard gain early in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was seen on the sideline with his shoulder wrapped.
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 215 yards on 23-of-45 efficiency with two interceptions, while Steven Jackson rushed 25 times for 114 yards for St. Louis (2-3), which was coming off a 20-6 win over Seattle last Sunday, but has now dropped five straight road games. The Rams' last road victory came on November 1, 2009 at Detroit. Danny Amendola had 12 grabs for 95 yards. Josh Brown accounted for the only Rams' points with a pair of 28-yard field goals.
"I give a lot of credit to Detroit," Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "They did a heck of a job. They took it to us, we lost the football game and we'll have to take our medicine and move on."
St. Louis went to its bag of tricks with an on-side kick attempt to start the game. However, the trickery backfired when Amari Spievey easily recovered for Detroit at the Rams 41. The miscue led to a 30-yard field goal by Jason Hanson.
After an exchange of punts, the Rams had a good drive going at the Detroit nine-yard line before Amendola caught a short pass then fumbled which was recovered by the Lions and returned to the 27. St. Louis challenged the ruling of a fumble, but the call was upheld.
Brown's 28-yard chip shot on the last play of the opening quarter capped a 12- play, 62-yard drive to briefly tie it.
Logan answered on the ensuing kickoff with his long touchdown return to put the Lions back in front. Then after a short Rams' offensive set, Detroit went ahead 17-3.
Using a short passing attack, Hill completed 7-of-8 throws before Best picked up a key 3rd-and-1 from the St. Louis five, taking it to the one-yard line. On the next play, Hill hit Johnson for the score with 6:14 to play in the half. The drive covered 81 yards on 13 plays.
St. Louis answered with another 28-yard field goal by Brown with 1:37 to play, but a Hill-to-Pettigrew three-yard TD connection finished off a 12-play, 80- yard drive with 10 seconds remaining for a 24-6 game heading into the break.
Detroit kept its foot on the gas pedal in the third quarter. After the Rams opened the second half with a three-and-out, Logan's 17-yard punt return put the Lions in business at the St. Louis 41. It took only four plays for the hosts to make it a 31-6 contest as Hill spotted Burleson for a catch-and-run that went for a 26-yard touchdown.
Hanson tacked on a 48-yard field goal with 11:18 left in the fourth quarter. Then Ndamukong Suh, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft, recorded his first career interception on the Rams' next offensive series. The 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive tackle tipped Bradford's pass to himself and rumbled 20 yards to the St. Louis 30. The pick led to a 47-yard effort by Hanson and a 37-6 game with just under eight minutes to play.
It went from bad to worse for the visitors as Smith intercepted Bradford and returned it for a 42-yard TD on the St. Louis' ensuing possession.
Drew Stanton came on for mop-up duty in place of Hill late in the fourth to finish off the rout.
St. Louis will host San Diego next Sunday, while Detroit will visit the New York Giants...Rams wide receiver Mark Clayton was carted off the field with a right knee injury in the first quarter and did not return...Burleson, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, finished with four catches for 56 yards...Despite the loss, the Rams still lead the all-time regular season series versus the Lions with a 42-38-1 record.
10/10 18:09:16 ET
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