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Lions opening drive stalls in Dallas territory

Dallas has won the toss and will defer to the second half.

Jamal Agnew calls for a fair catch in the end zone and Detroit will start its opening drive from the 25-yard-line.

For the first time this year, Kerryon Johnson is in the backfield for the opening snap. He gets the ball on first down and slices the Dallas defense for a 32-yard gain before going out-of-bounds at the Dallas 43.

Johnson carries it up the middle again on first down for a gain of 4. The rookie back is met in the backfield on second down and is wrapped up behind the line for a loss of 1 to make it third-and-7. Stafford takes it in the gun and Luke Willson can’t reel in a high throw in the flat. At the 40-yard-line, Detroit is just out of Prater’s range; it’ll send out the punt team.

Detroit is called for a false start on the punt. 

Sam Martin drops a perfect punt, but Detroit’s gunner can’t stay out of the end zone as he downs it. Dallas will start at the 20.

0-0 tie (12:44 1st)


Defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah and Kerry Hyder, cornerback DeShawn Shead, offensive guard Joe Dahl, running back Ameer Abdullah and tight end Michael Roberts are inactive for Detroit. Wide receiver Golden Tate and linebacker Jarrad Davis are active.

Notable inactives for Dallas include linebacker Sean Lee and wide receiver Terrance Williams.

Big drama in Big D

The Lions’ last trip to Dallas ended with a 42-21 one-sided defeat on Monday Night Football. 

Before that, however, Detroit played a couple of memorable games in the Lone Star State: The controversial 2014 NFC Wild Card Game, which was flipped on its head as a result of a picked-up pass interference flag and sent the Lions packing in a 24-20 Cowboys win, and a 13-point fourth quarter comeback that advanced Detroit to a 4-0 record in 2011. 

Color rush Sunday

The Lions are wearing their grey ‘Color Rush’ uniforms in its matchup with Dallas. 

The first and only other time Detroit sported the look it advanced to a 20-10 victory over Chicago in Week 15 last season.

The Detroit Lions take aim at their second consecutive victory in a 1 p.m. game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.


When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Fox/WJR 760

Records: Both teams 1-2

Line: Cowboys by 3


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