Down by 17, Lions rally behind Matthew Stafford, Kevin Smith
Down by 17 points midway through the second quarter, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford and reclaimed and revived running back Kevin Smith put together a memorable second half.
The Lions finished with 495 total yards as Stafford passed for five touchdowns. Smith, out of the NFL just a few weeks ago, rushed for a career-high 140 yards and scored three times.
The most important statistic, according to MLive.com Lions beat writer Anwar S. Richardson? The Lions are 7-3 heading into a Thanksgiving date with the Green Bay Packers.
Seven victories, Richardson notes, are the most the Lions have had in a season since 2007.
- MLive.com: Kevin Smith on his comeback: "I've been working hard."
- Detroit Free Press: Columnist Mitch Albom says Kevin Smith moved with confidence and authority
- Detroit News: Columnist Bob Wojnowski says Matthew Stafford is just fine
- CharlotteObserver.com: Columnist Scott Fowler says Cam Newton, Panthers still not good enough in crunch time
- NFL.com: Lions-Panthers video highlights
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