Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions

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23
DET
35
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DET 0962035

Game Information
Location: Ford Field Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 60,957

DETROIT (AP) Matthew Stafford was forced to play defense after his first pass of the season, and failed to stop an opponent from returning his interception for a touchdown.

Like the rest of the Detroit Lions, he knows how to bounce back.

Stafford threw two of his four touchdown passes to rookie Kenny Golladay in the fourth quarter, helping Detroit rally to beat the Arizona Cardinals 35-23 on Sunday.

"We just have to get out of our own way earlier," Stafford said.

Detroit got in the way of a few of Carson Palmer's passes.

Palmer was picked off three times and one of his interceptions was returned by Miles Killebrew for a score in the fourth quarter. To make matters worse for the Cardinals, star running back David Johnson was knocked out of the game after fumbling in the third quarter.

"You're not going to beat anybody turning the ball over that many times," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.

Detroit opened the season with another comeback after setting an NFL record last year by rallying to win eight games after trailing in the final quarter.

The Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and led 17-9 late in the third quarter before giving up 26 straight points.

"We played pretty well for three quarters, but that's a good team," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. "And, it is always going to be tough to stop them for 60 minutes. "

Stafford's first pass was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Justin Bethel , but the player with the richest contract in the NFL was undeterred. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Golladay , along with short passes to Theo Riddick and Marvin Jones for scores.

Palmer was 27 of 48 for 269 yards with three interceptions, one shy of his career high, and threw a 1-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson in the final minutes. Johnson, who led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns last season, was limited to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries and had six receptions for 68 yards.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Golladay ran past Bethel and fully extended to catch a long TD pass with 4:13 left in the game, putting Detroit up by 11 points.

"That's a receiver's dream," he said. "The quarterback leads you and you get a chance to lay out and make a play. You just focus on getting your hands under the ball and bringing it in."

ROUGH START

The Lions botched their first extra point as holder Jake Rudock bobbled the snap and ended up running. That was one of their many miscues in a sloppy first half.

"It was not a fake," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "There weren't too many things that happened in the early part of the game were fake. You wished they were."

INJURIES

Cardinals: Johnson left with a wrist injury and Arians didn't have an update on his condition. Early in the game, starting left tackle D.J. Humphries left the game with a knee injury.

Lions: Kasey Redfern's NFL debut didn't last long and his season may be over after he had what Caldwell described as a significant injury. The punter, filling in for injured Sam Martin, hurt his knee in the first quarter when he dropped a snap in the end zone, picked up the ball and tried to run it out. Placekicker Matt Prater punted the next four times for Detroit, marking the first time he has done that since he was a junior at Central Florida.

"I practice a little, but after all these years, I never really thought it was going to happen," Prater said. "When I saw them load Kasey onto a golf cart and drive him away, I realized it was about to happen."

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Play at Indianapolis on Sept. 17.

Lions: Visit New York Giants on Sept. 18.

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This version has been corrected in the first paragraph to show it was Stafford's first pass of the season, not his first play.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Lions
11:14 Justin Bethel 82 yd interception return (Phil Dawson kick) 7 0
02:40 Phil Dawson 24 yd FG 10 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Lions
04:22 Marvin Jones Jr. 6 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (failed 2pt Rush) 10 6
00:00 Matt Prater 58 yd FG 10 9

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Lions
05:37 Kerwynn Williams 3 yd run (Phil Dawson kick) 17 9
03:07 Theo Riddick 7 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (failed 2pt Pass from Matthew Stafford) 17 15

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Cardinals Lions
09:27 Kenny Golladay 10 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (failed 2pt Pass from Matthew Stafford) 17 21
04:13 Kenny Golladay 45 yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick) 17 28
04:03 Miles Killebrew 35 yd interception return (Matt Prater kick) 17 35
01:33 J.J. Nelson 1 yd pass from Carson Palmer (failed 2pt Pass from Carson Palmer) 23 35

Team Stats
  Arizona Detroit
1st Downs 24 19
Total Yards 308 367
Passing 263 285
Passing Completions/Attempts 27-48 29-41
Yards/Pass 5.4 6.8
Rushing 45 82
Rushing Attempts 18 27
Yards/Rush 2.5 3.0
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Possession 26:40 33:20

Arizona Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Palmer 27 48 268 5.6 1 3

Detroit Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matthew Stafford 29 41 292 7.1 4 1

Arizona Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
David Johnson 11 23 2.1 0 6
Kerwynn Williams 5 10 2.0 1 4
John Brown 1 10 10.0 0 10
Carson Palmer 1 2 2.0 0 2

Detroit Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ameer Abdullah 15 30 2.0 0 7
Dwayne Washington 6 22 3.7 0 6
Matthew Stafford 2 14 7.0 0 15
Kasey Redfern 1 10 10.0 0 10
Golden Tate 2 7 3.5 0 6
Theo Riddick 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Arizona Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Larry Fitzgerald 6 74 12.3 0 33
David Johnson 6 67 11.2 0 24
J.J. Nelson 5 43 8.6 1 14
Andre Ellington 2 35 17.5 0 24
John Brown 4 32 8.0 0 12
Jermaine Gresham 3 15 5.0 0 11
Kerwynn Williams 1 2 2.0 0 2
Troy Niklas 0 0 0.0 0

Detroit Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Golden Tate 10 107 10.7 0 19
Kenny Golladay 4 69 17.2 2 45
Marvin Jones Jr. 2 37 18.5 1 31
TJ Jones 2 32 16.0 0 16
Theo Riddick 6 27 4.5 1 13
Ameer Abdullah 3 11 3.7 0 6
Eric Ebron 2 9 4.5 0 5

Arizona Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tyvon Branch 9 1 0 0
Haason Reddick 6 2 0 0
Karlos Dansby 5 2 0 0
Antoine Bethea 4 1 0 0
Josh Bynes 4 0 0 0
Chandler Jones 3 0 1 7
Justin Bethel 3 1 0 0
Josh Mauro 3 0 0 0
Tyrann Mathieu 2 1 0 0
Corey Peters 2 0 0 0
Frostee Rucker 2 1 0 0
Markus Golden 1 0 0 0
Ifeanyi Momah 1 0 0 0
Xavier Williams 1 0 0 0
Budda Baker 0 0 0 0
Rudy Ford 0 0 0 0
Jermaine Gresham 0 0 0 0
D.J. Humphries 0 0 0 0
David Johnson 0 0 0 0
Elijhaa Penny 0 0 0 0
Patrick Peterson 0 1 0 0
Brandon Williams 0 0 0 0

Detroit Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jarrad Davis 9 0 0 0
Glover Quin 4 1 0 0
Anthony Zettel 3 0 1 5
Quandre Diggs 3 0 0 0
DJ Hayden 3 0 0 0
Nevin Lawson 3 0 0 0
A'Shawn Robinson 3 0 0 0
Tavon Wilson 3 0 0 0
Miles Killebrew 2 0 0 0
Tahir Whitehead 2 3 0 0
Jamal Agnew 1 0 0 0
Ezekiel Ansah 1 0 0 0
Darius Slay 1 0 0 0
Akeem Spence 1 1 0 0
Alex Barrett 0 1 0 0
Jeremiah Ledbetter 0 2 0 0
Haloti Ngata 0 0 0 0
Jeremiah Valoaga 0 0 0 0
Charles Washington 0 0 0 0
Cornelius Washington 0 1 0 0
Paul Worrilow 0 0 0 0

Arizona Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Justin Bethel 1 82 1

Detroit Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Miles Killebrew 1 35 1
Glover Quin 1 25 0
Tavon Wilson 1 23 0

Arizona Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kerwynn Williams 2 46 23.0 0 23

Detroit Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dwayne Washington 2 31 15.5 0 18
Jamal Agnew 1 18 18.0 0 18

Arizona Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kerwynn Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0

Detroit Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jamal Agnew 3 48 16.0 0 24

Arizona Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Phil Dawson 1 2 50.0 24

Detroit Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Prater 1 1 100.0 58

Arizona Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Andy Lee 4 184 57

Detroit Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Prater 4 139 47
Kasey Redfern 1 50 50