Matthew Stafford rallying Lions no surprise to Browns' Myles Garrett

Matthew Stafford rallying Lions no surprise to Browns' Myles Garrett

Let's recap: the Browns were down by seven, had nearly 11 minutes on the clock, had their backup quarterback in the game, were ripping the Lions on the ground, and Jackson decides to call passes on five of their next six offensive plays.

Stafford completed 17 of 26 passes for 249 yards.

"I came here to win, and we're 0-9".

Browns tight end Seth DeValve, though, said Kizer did audible into the quarterback dive.

Cleveland came out of the locker room inspired for the second half, and quickly deadlocked the score at 17-17 on an 85-yard drive culminating in Isaiah Crowell's 7-yard run around the left side at the 11:01 juncture of the third period.

This interception by Cleveland outside linebacker Jamie Collins was only his first of the year and sixth of his career.

The first half ended with the Browns running out of time at the Lions' 2-yard line and Detroit still in control 17-10.

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Stafford's 40-yard touchdown pass to Tate with 4:28 left gave Detroit a 38-24 advantage. That gave Quandre Diggs a free shot at Kizer, who left with rib injuries. Then, with no timeouts, the Browns ran a quarterback sneak on second-and-goal. As a result, Zane Gonzalez had to kick a field goal.

Along with Abdullah, the Lions featured a steady diet of running backs on the game-tying drive. Receiver Kenny Britt caught a short pass, slipped past Lawson and scored on the 19-yard play.

Decker has been out all season because of a shoulder injury.

The Cleveland Browns started strong, but the Detroit Lions finished better in their inter-conference matchup at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday afternoon.

What it means: If the Browns played this way all season, there would be unhappiness about the record but credit for an undermanned team competing to win.

Kessler hasn't fared much better than Kizer when called upon.

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