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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 8:34 a.m.

Down by 17, Lions rally behind Matthew Stafford, Kevin Smith

By Jim Knight

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Running back Kevin Smith scored three touchdowns Sunday against Carolina.

Associated Press

The Detroit Lions piled up a lot of stats in their come-from-behind 49-35 victory Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

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.

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