Final

Browns 37

(1-9, 1-5 away)

Lions 38

(2-8, 2-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 22, 2009

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 24 3 2 837
DET 10 14 7 738

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (DET) - 422 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Lewis (CLE) - 24 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 7 REC, 161 YDS, 1 TD

Stafford's TD at :00 wins game after Browns called for interference on Hail Mary

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford was flat on his back, getting his left shoulder evaluated on the sideline by the Detroit Lions medical staff.

The Cleveland Browns called a timeout and gave the rookie a chance to get back in the game.

Stafford's High Five

Matthew Stafford helped lead the Lions to victory with five touchdown passes. He became the youngest to throw five or more touchdowns in a single game in modern NFL history. The list, with the age in years and days of the quarterback:

Youngest NFL QBs 5+TDs
Year/player Yrs-Days Team
'09 Matthew Stafford 21-288 Lions
'84 Dan Marino 22-353 Dolphins
'66 Joe Namath 23-110 Jets

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Stafford threw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling 38-37 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

"That was wild," Stafford said with ice strapped around his shoulder.

The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft became the first rookie to throw five TDs in a game since Ray Buivid for the Bears in 1937, according to STATS LLC.

Detroit was given the untimed play because safety Hank Poteat was called for pass interference in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.

Fast Facts

• In Cleveland's first visit to Detroit since 1995, Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw his fifth touchdown of the game with no time remaining -- thanks to a pass interference call -- to give the Lions their third win in their last 34 games.

• Stafford was 26 for 43 for 422 yards and five scores. His fifth TD pass was the sixth time since 2003 a touchdown was scored with no time left and the scoring team trailing at the start of the play.

• The Browns, who have lost five straight, recorded four offensive touchdowns after scoring five offensive touchdowns in their previous 15 games combined.

• Brady Quinn (21 for 33, 304 yards) threw more TDs (4) than he had in his entire career entering today's game (3).

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"Once the quarterback rotated out of the pocket and they were in the end zone, you try to force the receiver out of bounds," Poteat said. "That's what I tried to do."

Stafford was hit after his throw to the end zone and replaced by Daunte Culpepper. But he was able to return because the Browns stopped the game with their timeout.

Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said he was trying to get his team ready for the play.

"It was more a function of wanting to make sure we had the right personnel and we wanted to take a look at what they were going to do," Mangini said. "We had the timeout so at that point I thought it was a good idea to use it, look at it, and get the guys in spots we thought they needed to be in."

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said of Stafford: "He just said, 'I'm ready.' He could walk.

"There was no one who was going to stop him from going back on the field. He had come way too far in that game to not finish it."

Schwartz said X-rays showed Stafford's collarbone wasn't broken, adding more tests are needed.

"Matt's best play of the day might have been eluding four team doctors to get back on the field," Schwartz joked.

Stafford threw three of his TDs in the first half to rally Detroit from a 24-3 deficit.

He was 26 of 43 for 422 yards, the most by a Lion in a win. He threw two interceptions, the second of which looked like it might doom Detroit. Stafford tried to throw long to Calvin Johnson, who was triple-covered, and Brodney Pool picked it off in the end zone with 3:49 left.

The Lions (2-8) snapped a six-game losing streak and avoided being the NFL's first team to endure a 2-32 stretch.

Stafford started the winning drive with 1:46 remaining and no timeouts. He got a huge assist by the penalty that went against the Browns (1-9).

"I'm just so upset that my team fought so hard late in the game to put us in a situation to win and it came down to the penalty that I caused," Poteat said.

Brady Quinn threw four TDs -- surpassing his previous career total -- and connected with Michael Gaines with 5:44 left to put the Browns ahead after helping them score a franchise-record 24 points in the first quarter.

The former Notre Dame star could only hope what he did was enough.

"I was praying and hoping that our defense could get a stop for us," he said.

The Lions and Browns have been the NFL's worst teams since 1999, but they combined to play an entertaining game.

When it was over, Cleveland players were sprawled all over the field as the Lions celebrated a rare victory. Former Detroit defensive tackle Shaun Rogers went down on a knee for several moments to contemplate his latest loss after futilely trying to block the extra point.

"We had plenty opportunities and at the end we just couldn't close it out," Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said. "I'm disappointed for them and I'm sick about the outcome."

It's not of much consolation, but Cleveland showed a pulse on offense after going three games without a TD and surpassing its season high in points before the first quarter ended.

Quinn, who started the game with three TD passes in three seasons, was 21 of 33 for 304 yards and did not throw an interception.

Mohamed Massaquoi caught five passes for 115 yards and a score for the Browns, who have lost five straight.

Cleveland couldn't pick up enough first downs to run out the clock and gave Detroit another chance with a costly punt after Quinn missed Massaquoi on a third-and-5 from his 42.

"They brought pressure more than we could handle," he said. "I tried to get out quick to Mohamed and just didn't convert."

For a change, the Lions took advantage.

Stafford threw short passes, including questionable ones in the middle of the field, but scrambled on what would've been the final play before the deep pass that resulted in the penalty that kept the game alive.

"I thought the game was over -- we all did," Pettigrew said.

Johnson had seven receptions for 161 yards and a score.

Kevin Smith had 104 yards receiving and a score for the Lions, who all were raving about Stafford's gutsy final play.

"I almost wanted to cry seeing how tough Matt was at the end," Smith said. "No one knew what his injury was, or how bad he was hurt, but he still came back out there and made a play. No one would have complained if he had let Daunte take that play, but he wanted to be out there for his teammates."

Game notes


Browns owner Randy Lerner declined comment via e-mail about his search for a person to run his team after former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly said on CBS he has not spoken to the Browns, adding the team has contacted Mike Holmgren. ... There was a moment of silence before the game for Stefanie Spielman, the wife of former Lions star Chris Spielman, who died Thursday. ... Josh Cribbs played less than a week after he was strapped to a backboard and wheeled into an ambulance.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
DET
1st Downs2226
Passing 1st downs
1620
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from Penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
10-195-10
4th down efficiency
2-21-1
Total Plays7561
Total Yards439473
Yards per play5.97.8
Total Drives1313
Passing308416
Comp - Att
22-3426-43
Yards per pass
9.19.7
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-62-6
Rushing13157
Rushing Attempts
4016
Yards per rush
3.33.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-3
Penalties8-698-41
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:4625:14

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Quinn21/333049.2401-6
Dawson1/11010.0000-0
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford26/434229.8522-6

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis24753.1012
Jennings10363.6016
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith12453.8013
Stafford273.506

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Massaquoi511523.015912
Stuckey57615.21406
DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson716123.017511
Smith410426.01636

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEDET
cleFG11:28Phil Dawson 44 Yd 30
detFG09:13Jason Hanson 31 Yd 33
cleTD08:56Mohamed Massaquoi 59 Yd Pass From Brady Quinn (Phil Dawson Kick) 103
cleTD04:03Chansi Stuckey 40 Yd Pass From Brady Quinn (Phil Dawson Kick) 173
cleTD02:52Joshua Cribbs 4 Yd Pass From Brady Quinn (Phil Dawson Kick) 243
detTD00:30Aaron Brown 26 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 2410
SECOND QUARTERCLEDET
detTD11:44Kevin Smith 25 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 2417
detTD05:01Calvin Johnson 75 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 2424
cleFG00:02Phil Dawson 29 Yd 2724
THIRD QUARTERCLEDET
detTD02:47Will Heller 1 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 2731
cleSF00:41PENALTY ON Matthew Stafford IN END ZONE 2931
FOURTH QUARTERCLEDET
cleTD05:44Michael Gaines 2 Yd Pass From Brady Quinn (Jamal Lewis Run For Two-Point Conversion) 3731
detTD00:00Brandon Pettigrew 1 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 3738