(TEMPE, AZ) -- It had finally all come together for the Detroit Lions on the road.
Lions' linebacker Chris Claiborne intercepted a Jake Plummer pass tipped by Robert
Porcher and returned it in position for Detroit to kick the game winning field goal.
Finally, Detroit would get the road win to end their four-game losing streak and a fifteen
game road losing streak.
The zebras, huddled in secrecy, and head linesman John Schleyer decided that he had
seen a personal foul. Robert Porcher dared to touch the helmet and the facemask of
quarterback Plummer while tipping the pass that Claiborne intercepted.
A concurrent personal foul on the Cardinals meant no play, no interception and new life
With a second chance, the Cards drove into Lions territory and kicker Bill Grammatica
booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Cardinals the 23-20 overtime win.
Detroit started off the game with a bang when Eddie Drummond returned the first punt of
the ballgame 73 yards and a score to give the Lions a 7-0 lead. Arizona's Plummer was able
to respond from midfield when a phantom pass interference call on Detroit's Andre Goodman
gave the Cardinals a first down at the Detroit 30. After a couple of Marcel Shipps runs
set up the Cards at the Detroit 1, Joel Malovicka took it in for the tying score.
The Lions retook the lead when a pass interference call against Arizona's Ray Hill set
Detroit up in Cardinal territory at the 37. Lion quarterback Joey Harrington hit Germane
Crowell for 19 and a personal foul penalty tacked on to the end of the play set the Lions
up for Harrington's pass to Mikhael Ricks to give Detroit a 14-7 lead.
Detroit's Todd Lyght intercepted a Plummer pass and returned it to the 31 yard-line.
Jason Hanson converted that turnover into a 26-yard field goal to up the lead to 17-7.
Detroit should have been able to take that lead into the locker room at the half, but
Drummond muffed the Scott Player punt and the Cards were in business at the Detroit 17
yard-line. Plummer then hit Poole for a 10-yard reception to cut the lead to 17-14 at
Detroit took the opening possession of the half and converted it into a 20-yard Jason
Hanson field goal to give the Lions a 20-14 lead, but Arizona took over from that point
forward. Detroit offense got ultra conservative way too early. Detroit never got past it's
own 40-yard line in the 4th quarter. Meanwhile the Cardinals got a 10 play, 64-yard drive
for a 29 yard Grammatica field goal and then with 3:27 left in regulation a 41-yard boot
to send the game into overtime.
Detroit's Harrington continued his erratic second half performances. Overall Harrington
was just 20-of-37 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Plummer wasn't much better, going
24-for-43 for 228 and two touchdowns. Detroit's running star, James Stewart was injured in
the game with a recurrance of the neck stinger he suffered in last week's loss to New
England Patriots. Stewart got just 52 yards on 13 carries.
Chris Claiborne continued his outstanding play, adding 13 tackles and 1 pass deflection
to lead Detroit. The Lions (3-10) will next host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3) at Ford