New York Giants at Detroit Lions 9/8/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Detroit Lions 35, New York Giants 14
September 8, 2014
Our first dose of “Monday Night Football” action for the 2014 NFL season came last night in the form of an intense NFC matchup between the Giants and the Lions. Both teams were coming off disappointing seasons in 2013, and looking to make some improvements as they try to chase down their division-mates in a quest to reach the playoffs this year.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistics and key players from this one so that we can get a better idea of why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward and see what’s in store for both teams in the immediate future.
What Happened: The Lions started this game out with their collective foot on the gas pedal, and early on it looked like they’d run away with it. A pair of Calvin Johnson touchdowns from Matthew Stafford--one on blown coverage; one a simply amazing catch--were the only scoring of the first quarter as the Giants failed to get anything going on offense. It was the first time since 1990 that the Lions had tallied touchdowns on their first two opening drives.
New York got things going in the second quarter with a hurry-up offense (and some key penalties from Detroit), ending up with a Larry Donnell TD pass from Eli Manning that made it 7-14 at the break.
The Lions continued their run of domination in the third, posting a pair of field goals and a five-yard Stafford rushing touchdown to take a 27-7 lead.
New York managed a bit of life in the fourth on a Rashad Jennings rush score, but Detroit reasserted themselves with a Joique Bell rush TD. A two-point conversion made it 35-14.
That score would hold, as the Giants dropped their opener for the fourth straight year; Conversely, the Lions won their fourth straight Week 1 game.
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The Stars: There’s a reason they call Calvin Johnson the best receiver in the league. He posted seven grabs for 164 yards and a pair of scores, helping Stafford to 334 yards passing on the night. Golden Tate also had a great game in his Detroit debut, logging 93 yards on six grabs. The Lions offense certainly looks like a force to be reckoned with this season, and with Stafford healthy and mobile, they can do some great things.
The Goats: We really could put the entire Giants team here, as they simply were outmatched in every facet of the game. Manning was 18-of-33 for 163 yards and two interceptions, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates. Victor Cruz was a no-show, posting just two catches for 24 yards in total.
The New York front couldn’t do much on either side of the ball; The team was 3-of-13 on third down and posted just one sack. Put simply, there are a lot of issues here.
Injuries: Most notably, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul went down due to a neck injury in the first quarter, but he was able to come back to the game in the second. Punter Steve Weatherford tweaked his ankle on a penalty play, but was able to return as well.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 2, the Lions will be hitting the road and heading over to visit the Panthers (Sunday, September 14; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Giants will get a home game as the Cardinals make the cross-country trip to come visit (Sunday, September 14; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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