Quarterback Matthew Stafford overcame a rocky start to throw four touchdown passes three of them to rookie tight end Joseph Fauria to lead the Lions to a 31-17 come-from-behind road win against the Cleveland Browns. Fauria who caught a 1-yard touchdown on the Lions’ first drive of the game caught a 23-yarder to put the Lions up 21-17 with 10:35 left. He capped the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown with 2:01 left. Of his seven receptions on the season five of them have been for touchdowns. For Stafford it was his 13th game of three or more touchdown passes -- a new franchise record. It was the ninth time he's led the team to a win with a fourth-quarter comeback. The Lions put their big-boy pants on at halftime and finally joined the fight. They were down 17-7 at that point. Reggie Bush who was limited to just 14 yards in the first half broke off a 39-yard run. Then after not being targeted in the passing game in the first half he took a screen pass 18 yards for a touchdown. The defense gashed in the first half began to stiffen. It gave up just one first down in the Browns' first four offensive possessions of the second half. Stafford was driving for another touchdown late in the third. On first-and-10 at the Browns' 23 Stafford's pass for Patrick Edwards in the end zone was tipped by cornerback Buster Skrine and picked off by Tashaun Gipson. Edwards was targeted three times and had no catches. But a sack by defensive end Willie Young ended the ensuing Browns' drive and the Lions went 67 yards in eight plays capping it with Fauria's second score. David Akers kicked a 51-yard field with 6:04 left to make it a seven-point game. It was up to the defense to ice the win and it did. The Browns moved it to the Lions' 44 but on first down quarterback Brandon Weeden pressured by defensive tackle C.J. Mosley tried to shuffle a pass to fullback Chris Ogbonnaya. Linebacker DeAndre Levy swooped in and picked it off. It was his second interception of the game. He has four this season.
Mr. Touchdown Joseph Fauria leads Lions in comeback win over Browns
Detroit News | Oct 13