Cowboys Rally To Eliminate Lions, Extend Detroit’s Playoff Win Drought
The Detroit Lions returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2011 but were unable to hold off a Dallas second half rally to lose a 13 point lead and fall 24-20 Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium and continued a playoff game losing streak that dates back to 1992. Detroit, who finishes the season at 11-6, jumped out to a 14 point lead on touchdowns on a Golden Tate 51 yard touchdown catch and a 15 yard score from Reggie Bush. Dallas cut the lead in half when Tony Romo connected with Terrance Williams for a 76 yard scoring strike. Two Matt Prater field goals extended the lead to 20-7 with 8:41 left in the third quarter. However Dallas (13-4) added touchdowns from NFL rushing champ DeMarco Murray and a second score from Williams sealed Detroit's fate. Matthew Stafford finished 28 for 42 for 323 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Joique Bell led Detroit in rushing with 12 carries for 43 yards and Tate led the team in receiving with six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.