Steady Stafford leads Lions over Dolphins

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Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes to tight end Michael Roberts and the Detroit Lions defeated the host Miami Dolphins 32-21 on Sunday afternoon.

Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson also starred for Detroit (3-3), rushing 19 times for 158 yards, and Matt Prater was perfect on four field-goal attempts, including a 50-yarder with two minutes left to ice the victory.

Stafford completed 18 of 22 passes for 217 yards as the Lions won their second straight game. Roberts, who had missed the previous three games with a knee injury, had three catches for 48 yards.

Miami (4-3) was without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who missed his second straight game due to a shoulder injury. And Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson, the hero of last week’s win over the Chicago Bears, left the game in the second quarter with an injury to his right leg. He did not return.

Brock Osweiler, who has replaced Tannehill, completed 22 of 31 passes for 239 yards and two scores.

Detroit led 17-7 at the half, getting a 15-yard TD catch from Roberts, a 29-yard Prater field goal and a 2-yard LeGarrette Blount touchdown run.

Miami’s only first-half score came on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, who caught the ball in the back right corner of the end zone. He held on after a hard shove from Detroit’s Darius Slay. That push caused Stills to run over a female security guard, who had her back to the play. Stills checked on the woman, who was on the turf in obvious pain.

Detroit led 26-14 after three quarters, getting a 28-yard Prater field goal and a 4-yard Roberts TD catch. Detroit tried for a two-point conversion, but Blount was stuffed.

Miami’s only points in the quarter cut its deficit to 20-14 on Kenyan Drake’s 54-yard run around the left side. It was Miami’s longest run of the season.

Prater’s 35-yard field goal with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter gave Detroit a 29-14 lead.

But Miami cut its deficit to 29-21 on a 24-yard TD catch by former New England Patriots standout Danny Amendola with at the 6:00 mark in the fourth. It was his first touchdown with Miami.

–Field Level Media

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