Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Lions scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 10-point deficit en route to a 31-17 triumph over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Matthew Stafford completed 25 of 43 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns with an interception as the Lions improved to 4-2 – first in the NFC North – after winning three of their last four games.
Stafford threw three of his touchdown passes to tight end Joseph Fauria, who finished with 34 yards on three catches. Running back Reggie Bush caught Stafford’s other touchdown pass, aside from running for 78 yards on 17 carries.
Brandon Weeden, in his first start since Brian Hoyer went down with an injury, hit 26 of 43 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns but had two interceptions as the Lions slipped to 3-3 after seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Josh Gordon caught seven passes for 126 yards while Chris Ogbonnaya and Greg Little received Weeden’s touchdown passes in the second period.
Stafford opened the first with a one-yard touchdown pass to Fauria, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead with 3:27 left to play.
However, Weeden threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Ogbonnaya to tie the game with 12:52 to play in the second quarter.
Weeden then put the Browns ahead with a touchdown heave to Little one minute before the break and Billy Cundiff made it a 17-7 game with a 40-yard field goal with eight seconds left.
In the third, Stafford brought the Lions within three after an 18-yard touchdown pass to Bush.
The Lions eventually took the lead when Stafford found Fauria for a 23-yard touchdown pass while kicker David Akers converted a 51-yard field goal attempt for a 24-17 advantage.
Stafford wrapped up the victory with his third touchdown pass to Fauria with two minutes remaining in the game.