Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/2/11

When the Detroit Lions fell behind 27-3 at Cowboy Stadium, I turned the channel.  All my past experiences with the Lions screamed at me to turn it to the Tigers game.  After all, this is the same franchise that went 0-16, the same guys who haven’t made the post season in 12 years, the same crew who have disappointed fans year after year.

But something made me turn it back.  Something told me this team is a different one than years past- a team that came into Dallas at 3-0, a record no Lions team had achieved since 1980.  This squad has players named Stafford and Johnson, a duo that can put points on the board quickly.  This squad has playmakers like Linebacker Stephen Tulloch and safety Louis Delmas, guys who can fly to the ball defensively.

This Lions team is a new team, one that plays with a belief they can win, and has the confidence to do so.  This Lions team made me turn the channel back, and I was glad I did.

The rally began just under five minutes into the third quarter, after the Cowboys had begun the second half with a quick touchdown.  The Lions ensuing drive promptly stalled, giving the ball back to Tony Romo and the Cowboys.  Then, linebacker Bobby Carpenter undercut wide receiver Dez Bryant’s route, picked Romo off, and took it to the house.  Still, the mountain looked too large to climb- a 17 point deficit with just 25 minutes to play.

That was until Romo got the ball back in his hands.  On the Cowboy’s very next possession, Romo was picked off again- this time by corner Chris Houston.  Houston then took off down the sideline, outrunning everyone to the endzone for another pick six.

Suddenly, the Lions were back in it, and Matt Stafford had barely seen the field.  Stafford would soon get his shot, and he didn’t disappoint.  On Sunday, the final quarter belonged to Stafford, who led the Lions to 17 points and threw two touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson.  Just as it looked the ghosts of the past would come back to haunt the Lions, Stafford and the Lions overcame penalty after penalty to erase a 13 point fourth quarter deficit.

Stafford’s final line was not as impressive as his first three weeks, throwing for 240 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  However, it was the fourth quarter play of Stafford that lifted the Lions to victory.  Stafford made several sparkling throws, including a 23 yard touchdown toss to Johnson that was perfectly placed so the big wideout could leap up and get it.

The game winner was a two yard score, again to Johnson, who became the first player in NFL history to start a season with four straight two touchdown games.  That came with just 1:39 left on the clock, and put the Lions up by four points.

The comeback was complete when Cowboys running back Felix Jones stepped out of bounds well short of a first down on a fourth and 20 play with only five seconds remaining.  This came two plays after second year defensive end Willie Young recorded Detroit’s first sack of the game.

When all was said and done, the Lions left Dallas with a 4-0 record and another improbable second half comeback.  This game was an absolute thriller, and a huge win for a Lions team that is now one of only two unbeaten teams in the NFL.  The other one?  The Green Bay Packers, who will come to visit Ford Field in week 12, a game that both teams have circled on the schedule by now.

The moral of the story?  Don’t turn the channel on these Lions, this team is worth watching.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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