Steelers weather offensive storm by Lions en route to 37-27 victory

The Lions scored all 27 of their points in the second quarter. Besides that scary good performance in the second quarter, the Lions offense was inept. The Steelers defense buckled down in the second half.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns; all of that came in the first half. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford looked very shakily except in the second quarter.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor deflected a pass intended for Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on a fourth down and three play with 10:22 left in the first quarter.

Steelers wideout Antonio Brown took a short pass from Ben Roethlisberger 34 yards for a touchdown with 6:20 left in the opening quarter, putting the Steelers up 7-0. Brown made two defenders miss on his way to the endzone.

Ben Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for another touchdown. Brown took the pass 47 yards, making the score: Steelers 14-0 with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter.

Lions got their first points on the board 50 seconds into the second quarter. Kicker David Akers made a 35-yard field goal, cutting the Steelers lead to 11 points.

With 12:41 left in the first half, Lions running back Reggie Bush fumbled, and it was recovered by Lawrence Timmons. The Lions had good field position; they were at the Steelers 45 yard-line prior to the fumble. The fumble recovery led to a Shaun Suisham 29-yard field goal. The field goal put the Steelers back up by two touchdowns with 10:34 left to go in the first half.

Matthew Stafford passed to Calvin Johnson for a 79-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Steelers’ lead to seven. That touchdown pass was Stafford’s 100th of his career.

Roethlisberger hit Le’Veon Bell for a 43-yard gain, setting the Steelers up inside the Lions 15 yard-line with under nine minutes to go in the first half. A couple of plays later, the Steelers scored three points on a 34-yard field goal with 7:19 left in the first half, making the score: Steelers 20-10.

Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson again for a touchdown, cutting the Steelers’ lead to three with 3:52 left in the first half.

With 1:42 left in the first half, Lions running back Joique Bell scored on a two-yard run, putting the Lions up 24-20.

Steelers punter Matt McBriar punted the ball only 31 yards to the Steelers 41 yard-line with 1:11 left in the first half. Luckily for the Steelers, a holding penalty was called on the Lions on the punt, backing them up ten yards.

With five seconds left in the first half, Lions kicker David Akers made a 19-yard field goal, putting Detroit up by seven.

The Steelers and Lions combined for 605 yards of total offense; that is the most in any NFL game, thus far in 2013.

Shaun Suisham made a 21-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the third quarter, lopping the Lions lead to four points.

The Lions had the ball at the Steelers 10 yard-line on a fourth-down-and-10 with 12:49 left in the game, they attempted a fake field goal, which resulted in a fumble recovery by the Steelers.

The Steelers capped off a 96-yard drive with an one-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to fullback Will Johnson, putting the Steelers up 30-27 with 4:46 left in the game.

With 4:11 left in the game, Steelers safety Will Allen intercepted a pass from Matthew Stafford, and he returned it it for 27 yards. A few plays following the pick, Ben Roethlisberger completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery, making the score: Steelers 37-27 with 2:29 remaining in the game.