Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons - GiveMeSport reports live from Wembley Stadium, London.
The NFL returns to London for the second time this year as the Atlanta Falcons host the Detroit Lions to kick off Week Eight of the 2014 season.
The big news before the game gets under way is that Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is INACTIVE as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain.
But with the likes of Julio Jones, Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan in action the game still promises to be an action packed exhibition of the NFL.
GiveMeSport will be providing regular updates throughout the game so stay tuned to make sure you don't miss any of the action...
FINAL score: Detroit Lions 22 Atlanta Falcons 21
WOW! What an ending. The London crowd couldn't have asked for much more drama and you can see how much it means to the Lions players as they celebrate.
This is what a 48 yard field goal means to the Detroit Lions as they secure a huge come from behind win.
Take TWO: Prater makes no mistake this time and DETROIT WIN in the most dramatic fashion DETROIT LIONS 22 ATLANTA FALCONS 21 FINAL SCORE
The crowd is on their feet and... THERE IS MASS CONFUSION
Kick went wide but delay of game called and clock re-set. Prater has another shot at glory... Falcons players and staff had rushed the field thinking they had the W
Penalty gives Detroit a 1st down and takes them to the 24 yard line. Stafford takes a knee and it is over to Prater to win it for the Lions in London.
Falcons use their final timeout with 0.25 left on the clock. Detroit are 3rd & 9 on Atlanta's 30. Matt Prater is warming up on the sidelines.
Theo Riddick with an amazing one handed grab leaves the Lions at the Falcons' 41 as Atlanta call a time out. 0.49 on the clock
Tate gets free near the half way and Stafford finds him with a great pass. Lions only need a field goal to win this thing. The noise inside Wembley is INCREDIBLE.
Lions have the ball back but they have only 1.38 to get 90-plus yards as they start on their own 7. Time for Stafford to step up...
2 Minute Warning - Julio Jones makes a nice catch and run to lead the Falcons over half way and to Detroit's 40 yard line.
Falcons looking to move the ball and seal the win but with only 35 yards on offense this half Detroit may yet get a chance. Atlanta 3rd & 5 on their own 25 yard line 3.04 remaining and they call a time out.
Lions 19, Falcons 21: Fourth Quarter - 3.56 remaining
It is NO GOOD as Stafford tries to find Tate out wide but the Falcons player bats the ball away. Suspicions of pass interference on that one.
TOUCHDOWN!!! Stafford finds RB Theo Riddick in space in the end zone and Detroit go for the two point conversion.
Lions 13, Falcons 21: Fourth Quarter - 14.10 remaining
Lions back in possession at their own 31 after Atlanta survive a Ryan fumble to punt away with 11.25 left on the clock
The Lions fail to make the most of the turnover and have to settle for a 20 yard Matt Prater field goal. Points on the board at least.
End of Third Quarter: Detroit Lions 10 @ Atlanta Falcons 21
BIG PLAY ALERT - Lions intercept a wayward pass from Matt Ryan (when we say wayward we mean there was NO ONE in a Falcons jersey near it) and Cassius Vaughn runs it all the way to the Falcons' 7. Momentum has definitely swung here at Wembley as the 3rd quarter comes to and end.
And that TD pass was Stafford's 119th in a Lions jersey - a franchise record
TOUCHDOWN!!! Falcons 21, Lions 10: Third quarter 4.38 remaining
Stafford, left with a 3rd and 25 situation at half way unleashes a cannon to Golden Tate on the end of the end zone. And just like that the Lions are back in the game. That's a 59 yard touchdown pass for Stafford.
Falcons 21, Lions 3: Third quarter, 7.54 remaining
Lions drive stopped at the 4 yard line after an 18 play, 76 yard drive. Matt Prater's field goal is good as Detroit finally get on the scoreboard.
Third quarter is under way with the Lions in possession and looking to mount some sort of comeback
HALF TIME: Detroit Lions 0, Atlanta Falcons 21
The Falcons, spurred on by a vocal London crowd, have dominated on both sides of the ball and have three TDs and a first half shut out to show for their efforts.
The Lions need to do something and quick if they are to salvage this game.
And it gets worse for Stafford and the Lions offense. Falcons corner Robert Alford picks of the Detroit QB on his own 18 yard line. This should see Atlanta go into the half with a shut out on the cards.
Jackson has another reason to celebrate today...
TOUCHDOWN: Falcons 21, Lions 0 - Second quarter - 3.45 remaining
The Falcons make the most of their good fortune. Steven Jackson with a 1 yard run for a TD. That completes another long drive by Atlanta - 12 plays, 89 yards, 6 minutes 7 seconds in possession.
Mathis had been called for pass interference after pushing Julio Jones in the end zone.
WOW! Lions CB Rashean Mathis thought he had made the play of the day with an interception in his own end zone returned 103 yards for a TD...BUT penalties on the play mean it is brought all the way back and the Falcons keep hold of the ball in the Lions red zone.
Update on the Fairley injury - He is OUT for the rest of the game with a knee injury.
Continuing the theme of today the Lions hand over possession in double-quick time. After failing to get a first down they punt the ball away. Falcons will start on their own 11.
Lions take up possession on their own 38 and Falcons forced to punt for the first time today.
Injury time out - After receiving extensive treatment Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley limps off assisted by his teammates. Right knee doesn't look good
Detroit again forced to punt on 4th & 6 at the Falcons 37 - Lions offense struggling to get any momentum with 12.40 left until the half. Falcons to start on their own 10 yard line.
First Quarter comes to an end with Lions QB Matthew Stafford coming under pressure once again. This time he scrambles for a couple of yards. Lions ball, 3rd & 2 on their own 40
Lions RB Joique Bell comes in for his first touch of the game and duly fumbles the ball. Fortunately he manages to recover his own fumble and the Lions maintain possession.
TOUCHDOWN - Falcons 14, Lions 0: First quarter, 3 minute 26 yard drive
Falcons TE Bear Pascoe is in acres of room in the end zone and catches a lofted pass from Matt Ryan. Extra point converted. That completes a 46 yard, 3 minute 26 second drive for the home team.
Lions on 3rd and 13 from their 30 and they fail to move the ball. The Falcons force a punt on the Lions' first possession. Devin Hester returns the kick for the Falcons and, after evading initial pressure, makes it to the 44.
And it nearly works, Stafford JUST escapes a sack as he throws the ball away under intense pressure.
The Lions begin their first drive of the game with the Wembley crowd doing their best to replicate the Georgia Dome intensity.
TOUCHDOWN - Falcons 7, Lions 0
Ryan finds Devonta Freeman who runs in from seven yards to register the first points of today's game. Falcons make the extra point and lead 7-0. That was an 80 yard drive which lasted just over 5 minutes.
Falcons reach first and goal after Ryan connects with TE Levine Toilolo.
Atlanta began the first drive of the game on their own 20 yard line and after a couple of limited plays, Ryan unleashes a 24 yard pass to Roddy White - Wembley crowd duly erupts. Falcons reach half way.
Detroit Lions won the coin toss and elected to defer meaning it will the Atlanta Falcons to receive with kick off just moments away
- It's not just the Falcons and Lions who are getting support here in the UK, with virtually every NFL franchise represented in the crowd at Wembley...
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