Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles 12/8/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Philadelphia Eagles 34, Detroit Lions 20
December 8, 2013
One of the premiere games on the NFL’s Week 14 Sunday schedule featured the Detroit Lions heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. These two teams don’t get to see each other too often, so it was interesting to watch how they responded to one another. Adding an extra element to the intrigue was the potential playoff implications of this matchup--it’s going to hold a lot of influence in both the North and East. That said, this one was all about the snow, and the crazy situations it created.
Let’s take a closer look at the noteworthy stats and players from the game so that we can determine exactly why things turned out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll glance forward to Week 15 so that we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: With snow blanketing the field at kickoff and wind whipping through the stadium, it took both teams a while to figure out exactly how to contend with the elements. The Lions were able to get into the end zone first, with Joique Bell scoring on a 2-yard run. They’d score on a two-point conversion (kicking conditions weren’t exactly ideal) to take an 8-0 lead into halftime.
In the third, Detroit would score again on a 58-yard punt return from Jeremy Ross. After a failed conversion, the score was 14-0. It didn’t stay that way for long, though, as the Eagles made it 14-6 on a 19-yard TD pass from Nick Foles to DeSean Jackson.
The fourth quarter was just plain wild. LeSean McCoy would score on a 40-yard run early in the period, then Bryce Brown would tie it up at 14 with a two-point conversion run. Detroit got another TD from Ross--this one a 98-yard kickoff return--to retake the lead 20-14.
The next three touchdowns belonged to the Eagles as they capped off a 28-point fourth quarter: McCoy, Foles and Chris Polk would all find the end zone as Detroit’s offense stalled out amid the slippery conditions. Philly would ultimately take it 34-20.
With the victory, the Eagles move to 8-5 and the Lions slide to 7-6. The result leaves both teams atop their respective divisions, pending the outcome of the Cowboys-Bears matchup Monday night.
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The Stars: Given the conditions on the field, running was about the only thing that could be done. LeSean McCoy did just that, ripping off a franchise-record 217 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. As a team, Philly had 299 total rush yards in the game.
On the other side, Joique Bell was a busy man, with 23 carries for 69 yards and another 58 on four receptions.
The Goats: Without Reggie Bush to provide another dynamic weapon on the ground, the vertically-reliant Lions offense floundered. Matthew Stafford accounted for five fumbles (one lost) on mishandled snaps as the ball had a mind of its own in the snow and cold. The aforementioned Bell also lost a pair of his own fumbles.
Injuries: Now, let’s get back to Bush. He was cleared to play, but suffered a setback in pre-game warm-ups and didn’t take the field. His absence was clearly felt.
The Eagles did okay on new injuries, but were without Najee Goode and Earl Wolff.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 15, the Eagles will be dabbling in the NFC North once again with a trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings (Sunday, December 15, 1:00 PM ET on FOX). As for the Lions, they’ll get a primetime game at home against the Ravens on Monday (December 16, 8:40 PM ET on ESPN).
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