Lions beat Cowboys on Stafford’s heads-up TD

Updated: October 27, 2013

Detroit, MI ( – Matthew Stafford lunged for a touchdown with
12 seconds left to give the Detroit Lions a 31-30 victory over the Dallas
Cowboys in a thriller Sunday at Ford Field.

Detroit trailed by six points with 1:02 left and started the winning drive at
its own 20.

A 17-yard catch from Calvin Johnson was followed by a toss down the left
sideline for Kris Durham for 40 yards. Stafford then went back to Johnson for
22 yards down to the Dallas 1 and Stafford raced to set up a spike.

However, Stafford leaped after the snap and just got the ball over the goal
line. After a review determined he had crossed the goal line, David Akers
kicked the extra point and the Lions had a 31-30 lead with 12 seconds to play.

Dallas had one shot after the kickoff, and didn’t get anywhere with a catch
and laterals as time ran out.

Stafford finished the game with 488 yards passing, one touchdown and two
interceptions on 33-of-48 attempts and Johnson set a career high with 329
yards on 14 catches with a score for the Lions (5-3), who bounced back from a
three-point loss to Cincinnati last week.