Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/14/13
Both the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions are trying to shake their bad reputations that precede them.Both are trying to establish a new era and that era includes a lot of winning.Both teams are on the rise, so this was an interesting matchup from the start. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was getting his first start since Week 2. Meanwhile, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford opened up the scoring with a one-yard touchdown pass to the undrafted free agent rookie tight end Joseph Fauria.Weeden and the Browns responded nicely though by tying it at seven on Weeden’s four-yard pass to running back Chris Ogbonnaya. Weeden also set up a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Little a few possessions later, giving the Browns a 14-7 lead.A Billy Cundiff 40-yard field goal with eight seconds left made it 17-7 heading into halftime. The Browns just completely dominated the first half. Even though Weeden got intercepted by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy in the second quarter, to his credit, he didn’t let that affect him. The Browns had full control. The Lions' offense and defense were just overpowered.The high-powered Lions' offense gained only 109 yards in the first half. It looked like the Browns were going to run away with this game. Well, that didn’t happen. Whatever Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said at halftime, it sure did work.The Lions came out in the second half, looking like a completely different team. The Lions marched down the field in the third quarter with a 79-yard drive, ending with an 18-yard touchdown pass to running back Reggie Bush. That made it a little closer as it was then 17-14 Browns lead.The Lions didn’t stop there. Early in the fourth quarter, Fauria caught his second touchdown pass of the day. This one was a 23-yarder and gave the Lions a 21-17 lead. We also got to see a Jimmy Graham-esque dunk on the field goal post by Fauria, who is a big man at 6’7”.A David Akers field goal later made it 24-17 Lions. With the Browns trailing 24-17 in the second half, they needed to play mistake free to be able to comeback. Unfortunately for the Browns, Weeden threw another pick on a first down, instead of taking a sack or throwing it away.That was Weeden’s second interception of the day and it was once again picked off by Levy. As the Lions drove down the field, they eventually got into field goal position. But instead of going for the field goal with 2:01 left in the game, the Lions went for the jugular and scored yet another touchdown as Stafford connected with Fauria for the hat trick. That sealed the road victory for the Lions making it 31-17.Matthew Stafford played well as he finished the game going 25 of 43 for 248 yards. Stafford really played much more efficient in the second half. His second half numbers were 15 of 21 for 165 yards and three touchdowns within the final 30 minutes.Running back Reggie Bush also had a good day as he finished with 135 total yards, with 121 of those yards coming from the second half. The Lions offense isn’t the only unit that turned it around though. The Lions' defense also did its part in the second half and limited the Browns to only six yards and no first downs in the third quarter.Sure Brandon Weeden made some mistake, but you really have to give credit to the Detroit Lions for adjusting and just dominating the second half. The Lions really showed that they can be very resilient and they proved that their offense can get hot at any time. They now improve to 4-2 on the season and are in first place in the NFC North.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jeremy Lin re-aggravates hamstring, out another three to five weeks

Report: Browns could join 49ers in pursuit of Cousins

Hull City's Ryan Mason recovering from skull fracture

Isaiah Thomas: ‘I feel like I’m the best player in the world’

Falcons GM ignored Belichick's bad advice on Julio Jones

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Watson declined Browns' request to play in Senior Bowl

Tom Brady talks about his relationship with Matt Ryan

Manziel gives Trump advice on dealing with Twitter trolls

Wade Phillips blasts report claiming he divided locker room

Bell's tweet about Patriots from 2013 brings some laughs

Barbara Bush told doctors to get her out of hospital before SB

The week in NFL news as explained by Outkast

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The week in NFL news as explained by Outkast

QUIZ: Name every prominent quarterback in the history of the New England Patriots

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker