Jeff Fisher hoped his St. Louis Rams could hold Detroit's powerful offense to field goals.
They did a pretty good job of that - until the final quarter.
Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left, lifting the Lions to a 27-23 victory over the Rams on Sunday. St. Louis intercepted Stafford three times in the first half - returning one for a touchdown - and took the lead on a late field goal, but there was still too much time left for Detroit.
The Lions went 80 yards in 1:45 to win it.
''We gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game and win it at the end,'' said Fisher, back in coaching after a one-year hiatus following his departure from the Tennessee Titans. ''I think we got better as a team today.''
Sam Bradford directed a go-ahead drive that set up Greg Zuerlein's 46-yard field goal and put the Rams ahead 23-20 with 1:55 left, but they could not stop Stafford at the end after slowing him down for much of the game.
St. Louis was also s...