Sports: Lions With Another Comeback Win, 16-13
The Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North after pulling out another fourth quarter comeback win to beat the Vikings 16-13. Darius Slay returned an interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left to set up the winning kick. Minnesota could have played for overtime on its last drive, but coach Mike Zimmer allowed Sam Bradford to throw and Slay made him regret it. Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired for the win.
The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, including two against Minnesota this month, despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game this season. They extended their NFL record of having their first 11 games decided by seven or fewer points. The Vikings (6-5) have lost five of six, plummeting out of first place after surging to the top of the division by winning their first five games.
Prater made a game-tying 58-yard field goal at the end of regulation earlier this month at Minnesota and the Lions won in overtime. Both teams had a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to open the game with Matthew Stafford capping the first possession with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin for the Lions. And for the seventh time, the Lions rallied for a win to move a step closer toward winning a division title for the first time since 1993.
The Lions are off until December 4th when they head to New Orleans. Then they host Chicago, and hit the road to play the Giants and then Cowboys. They end at home against the Packers on New Year’s Day.
The Dallas Cowboys have extended their team record for longest winning streak in a single season, winning their 10th in a row by beating Washington, 31-26. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, including a one-yard scoring run that put the 10-1 Cowboys ahead 31-19 late in the fourth quarter. The Redskins fell to 6-4-1 despite Kirk Cousins, who passed for 449 yards and three TDs.
The MSU Spartans beat St. Johns, but then lost on Thursday to Baylor, 73-58 at the “Battle 4 Atlantis” . MSU plays Wichita State today in the final day of the tournament in the Bahamas. Broadcast time is 12 noon today on WBCK. Louisville plays Baylor later today in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. MSU plays at Duke on Tuesday.
The Pistons host the L.A. Clippers tonight, and head to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Detroit plays at New Jersey tonight and they’re home to host Montreal on Saturday night. The Wings beat Buffalo on Wednesday night in a shootout. Gustav Nyquist scored the only Wings’ goal in regulation. Thomas Vanek won it in the shootout. Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots for the win.
Western Michigan remains at No. 21 in the playoff rankings. The undefeated Broncos are ranked #14 in the AP Poll and host Toledo today at Waldo Stadium.
Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week.
#3 Michigan is at #2 Ohio State on Saturday at 11am on 104.9 the Edge.
Michigan State plays at # 8 Penn State this Saturday. Broadcast time is 2pm on WBCK.
In Division II Football….
Undefeated Grand Valley State (11-0) will host Texas A&M-Commerce (11-1) tomorrow at Noon. Ferris State (10-2) won in the first round last Saturday and will host Colorado School of Mines (10-2) at noon Saturday. The winners will face off in the Quarterfinals on December 3rd.