Now they're just showing off.
For the second consecutive week, the Detroit Lions used late theatrics to help deflate the hopes of the home team, stunning the Miami Dolphins with a 17-point swing with less than five minutes to play in the final quarter.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, whose interception two weeks ago helped defeat the Green Bay Packers, nabbed another one, weaving his way 30-yards through traffic to give Detroit the go-ahead touchdown with 2:11 remaining.
Led by University of Michigan product Chad Henne, the Dolphins etched their way to the Detroit 21-yard line in the final seconds, but time expired before they could manage a final play.
Miami dropped to 7-8 on the season. The Lions, meanwhile, secured their fifth win of a campaign; an impressive finish for a ball club that faced more than its share of hardships earlier in the season.
Detroit once again was forced into a quarterback change, tabbing back-up Shaun Hill to replace the erratic-but-effective Drew Stanton (shoulder). Hill managed to lead the Lions on five scoring drives despite playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand.
He finished 14 of 26 for 222 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Lions, who snapped a protracted road losing streak at Tampa Bay last weekend, kept their winning ways in Florida intact -- and are now proud owners of a three-game winning streak.
It's the first time since 2007 that the team has won three in a row, but perhaps more remarkably, it marks Detroit's first road winning streak since 2004.
They'll return home next week to host the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale.
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