Dan Carpenter scored a late field goal as the Buffalo Bills came from 14-6 down to snatch a late 17-14 win in Detroit.
The smash and grab result consolidates their position on top of the AFC East while the Lions will have to be content with an equal record with the Packers in the NFC North.
The first quarter was marred by a serious head and neck injury to Buffalo cornerback Ron Brooks. After being flipped in the air the 25-year-old landed on his helmet and required extensive treatment on the field of play before being carted off – thankfully still able to move his arms to wave to the Lions fans at Ford Field.
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There was more controversy not soon after as Detroit tight end Eric Ebron (the rookie from North Carolina) caught the ball deep into his body on the 2-yard line and carried it into the end zone under a tackle from Leodis McKelvin.
But after review Ebron was adjudged to have hit the ground before crossing the line and dropping the ball so the play was ruled as an incompletion.
Although the Lions only had to wait one more play for their opening touchdown as wide receiver Golden Tate span past Stephon Gilmore to catch a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford.
And Buffalo seemed to crumble as Kyle Orton was intercepted by Rashean Mathis whilst intended receiver Sammy Watkins looked the wrong way.
The Bills had struggled to get any momentum going on the inside running game and to make matters worse they had given up nine penalties in the first half alone.
And so the Bills were limited to two field goals before the break while the Lions scored another touchdown.
The Lions missed out on some chances to kill off their opponents and the struggles with their kicking game continued as they struck the upright early in the second half before Dan Carpenter did the same for the Bills.
But hope emerged for Buffalo when Calvin Johnson had to leave the field of play in the third quarter due to injury.
And late in the fourth an impressive 42 yard throw by Kyle Orton was caught by Marquise Goodwin, which took the Bills into the redzone.
Craig Gragg made the catch that brought the Bills to within an two point conversion of tying the game.
And Fred Jackson did exactly that – his rush up the middle took the score to 14-14.
And with nine seconds left on the play clock, former Dolphin special teamer Dan Carpenter launched his kick through the posts to give Buffalo a surprising and unexpected victory.
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