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Stafford's 4th winning drive leads Lions over Bucs 24-21

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) With the clock running down in a tie game, the Detroit Lions didn't have any qualms about the ball being in Matthew Stafford's injured throwing hand.

They've come to expect their quarterback to find a way to lead them to victory in those situations, and Stafford didn't disappoint Sunday, when he threw for 381 yards and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21.

The victory stopped a two-game skid and kept the Lions (7-6) in playoff contention with three games remaining.

''I just think we have a lot of confidence. I think guys that have been around here have understood that sometimes that's the way the game boils down. We go out there and make plays,'' Stafford said after directing a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for the 32nd time in his career.

''When you have success, it breeds confidence,'' he added, ''Frankly, there's been some times this year where we haven't been successful in those situations, some really close calls in some other games. It feels good to get back out there and have a two-minute drive, go down there and win the game.''

Stafford made his 109th consecutive start despite being limited in practice after his right hand was stepped on during the previous week at Baltimore . He completed 36 of 44 attempts against the Bucs (4-9), and the Lions overcame two interceptions and a fumble to stay alive for a playoff spot.

Jameis Winston rallied Tampa Bay, which has lost eight of 10 following a 2-1 start, with a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes. But once again, the Bucs' defense couldn't hold off an opponent down the stretch.

A week ago, the Bucs led by a field goal in the closing minutes of regulation before losing 26-20 in overtime at Green Bay.

''This team is always going to fight. We've just got to learn how to come out on the other side of these things,'' Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said.

''We fought back last week. We fought back this week,'' McCoy, who left the game in the opening half with a biceps injury. ''It's a fine line between winning and losing. The fine line was a field goal today.''

Stafford moved the Lions 49 yards in eight plays to set up Prater's winning kick with 20 seconds left - the fourth winning drive he's led this season.

''Tough guy who heals quickly. It's always been that way,'' Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. ''He's a great leader. Did a tremendous out there for us under tough circumstances. ... He threw the ball pretty well. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but he did a nice job.''

Stafford threw a 5-yard TD pass to Golden Tate and Theo Riddick scored on runs of 2 and 18 yards to help the Lions take a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Winston, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, led a 75-yard drive that he finished with a 2-yard scoring pass to O.J. Howard and then used a 40-yard pass interference call against Detroit cornerback DJ Hayden to set a 2-yard TD throw to seldom-used offensive lineman Leonard Wester to make it 21-21 with eight minutes remaining.

Winston completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards. His fumble led to Riddick's second TD run. Tampa Bay finished with five turnovers, and Winston was sacked three times.

The loss ensures the Bucs, who haven't made the playoffs since 2007, will finish with a losing record . The team entered this season with heightened expectations after going 9-7 in their first year under coach Dirk Koetter, who now finds himself deflecting questions about whether his relationship with Winston - the top pick in the 2015 draft - is deteriorating.

''That's obviously news to me. I think Jameis and I have an extremely consistent relationship for the last three years. I don't think anything's different about it, but that's just my opinion,'' the coach added before shrugging off another question about if he was concern about speculation about a possible riff between the two.

''It concerns me that we're not winning enough games. That's my biggest concern,'' Koetter said. ''I know the truth about our relationship. My big concern is our football team.''

TOUGH GUY

Stafford's streak of 109 consecutive starts is the third-longest among NFL quarterbacks behind Matt Ryan (128) and Philip Rivers (119).

BAD CALL

It took two replay reviews for officials to get it right on a play initially ruled an incomplete pass and 15-yard penalty against the Lions for a hit on a defenseless receiver in the first half.

Officials first looked at Winston's first-quarter completion to Howard, who fumbled after being hit in the shoulder by safety Quandre Diggs at Detroit's 18-yard line. The Bucs retained possession when the play was ruled an incompletion and that a 15-yard penalty should be assessed from the spot of the previous play.

The Lions then successfully challenged the ruling of an incomplete pass. Following another review, referee Ed Hochuli announced Howard indeed caught the ball and took four steps before being hit, and the Lions were awarded the ball on the fumble recovery. There was no foul for the hit, which was legal.

INJURIES

Lions: Played without RT Rick Wagner (ankle), who was inactive.

Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy left in the first half with a shoulder/biceps injury and did not return.

UP NEXT

Lions: Return home to face Chicago on Saturday.

Buccaneers: Begin a stretch of three consecutive games to end the season against NFC South rivals, hosting Atlanta next Monday night.

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Key Players
T. Riddick 25 RB
29 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 64 ReYds, 6 RECs
20
FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
285 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 2 INTs, 10 RuYds
18
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:20
M.Prater 46 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
9
plays
49
yds
2:34
pos
24
21
Point After TD 8:05
P.Murray extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 8:05
L.Wester reported in as eligible. J.Winston pass short left to L.Wester for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN [A.Spence].
6
plays
72
yds
2:06
pos
21
20
Point After TD 13:41
P.Murray extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 13:41
J.Winston pass short right to O.Howard for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
4:30
pos
21
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:11
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 3:11
T.Riddick left tackle for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
51
yds
2:59
pos
20
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:36
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 7:36
M.Stafford pass short left to G.Tate for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
46
yds
3:21
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:51
P.Murray extra point is GOOD, Center-G.Sanborn, Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:51
D.Martin right tackle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
5:14
pos
7
6
Point After TD 8:05
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-S.Martin. PENALTY on TB-R.Ayers Jr., Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:05
T.Riddick up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
7
plays
74
yds
3:04
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:47 30:13
1st Downs 21 28
Rushing 3 8
Passing 16 19
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-11 4-8
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 434 400
Total Plays 62 69
Avg Gain 7.0 5.8
Net Yards Rushing 53 133
Rush Attempts 18 28
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 4.8
Net Yards Passing 381 267
Comp. - Att. 36-44 26-38
Yards Per Pass 8.7 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 3-18
Penalties - Yards 8-105 7-65
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 5
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 3-3
Int. Thrown 2 2
Punts - Avg 5-41.4 3-49.3
Return Yards 100 60
Punts - Returns 3-16 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-70 3-60
Int. - Returns 2-14 2-0
Kicking 4/4 3/3
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 3-3 -100% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 3-3 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Lions 7-6 777324
Buccaneers 4-9 7001421
381 PASS YDS 267
53 RUSH YDS 133
434 TOTAL YDS 400
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.8% 381 1 2 91.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.6% 3683 23 9 97.9
M. Stafford 36/44 381 1 2 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Riddick 25 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 29 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 211 3
T. Riddick 10 29 2 18 20
T. Green 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 66 1
T. Green 5 15 0 6 1
K. Golladay 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
K. Golladay 1 9 0 9 1
Z. Zenner 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 26 1
Z. Zenner 2 0 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Ebron 85 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 10 94 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 449 2
E. Ebron 11 10 94 0 21 7
G. Tate 15 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 85 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 79 852 4
G. Tate 9 8 85 1 24 14
T. Riddick 25 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 6 64 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 397 2
T. Riddick 10 6 64 0 27 20
M. Jones 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 64 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 885 8
M. Jones 4 3 64 0 38 6
T. Jones 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 373 0
T. Jones 3 3 26 0 11 2
D. Fells 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 165 3
D. Fells 1 1 23 0 23 2
K. Golladay 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 340 2
K. Golladay 4 3 17 0 7 1
M. Roberts 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 46 0
M. Roberts 2 2 8 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-16 3 0.0
G. Quin 8-1 0.0 0 1
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-8 1 0.0
Q. Diggs 6-1 0.0 1 1
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-3 0 6.0
E. Ansah 6-1 1.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-23 0 2.0
J. Davis 6-3 1.0 0 1
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-6 5 0.0
D. Slay 5-1 0.0 1 0
T. Whitehead 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
65-21 1 1.0
T. Whitehead 4-4 0.0 0 0
J. Reeves-Maybin 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 0 0.5
J. Reeves-Maybin 3-1 0.5 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-7 0 6.0
A. Zettel 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-14 0 1.0
A. Spence 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Robinson 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-12 1 0.0
A. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Ledbetter 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-0 0.0 0 0
Co. Washington 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 2.0
Co. Washington 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-5 0 0.0
N. Lawson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-8 0 0.5
D. Hayden 1-1 0.5 0 0
T. Tabor 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Tabor 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Worrilow 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 0.0
P. Worrilow 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
25/29 33/34
M. Prater 1/1 46 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 43.4 8
S. Martin 5 41.4 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jones 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 17.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 21.0 35 0
T. Jones 4 17.5 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jones 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.3 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.8 17 0
T. Jones 3 5.3 17 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 285 2 2 86.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.6% 2475 14 8 89.7
J. Winston 26/38 285 2 2 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Barber 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 248 2
P. Barber 12 58 0 16 5
D. Martin 22 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 26 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 402 3
D. Martin 10 26 1 7 8
D. Jackson 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 31 0
D. Jackson 1 23 0 23 6
C. Sims 34 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 89 0
C. Sims 3 16 0 11 2
J. Winston 3 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 79 0
J. Winston 2 10 0 11 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Godwin 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 298 0
C. Godwin 6 5 68 0 19 6
O. Howard 80 TE
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 54 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 402 5
O. Howard 6 4 54 1 21 9
D. Jackson 11 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 657 3
D. Jackson 7 4 41 0 16 6
M. Evans 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 760 4
M. Evans 5 2 25 0 13 2
A. Humphries 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 435 0
A. Humphries 3 3 25 0 10 2
D. Martin 22 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 84 0
D. Martin 3 2 24 0 12 8
F. Martino 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 19 0
F. Martino 1 1 19 0 19 1
C. Brate 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 492 6
C. Brate 1 1 11 0 11 1
C. Sims 34 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 224 1
C. Sims 3 2 11 0 10 2
P. Barber 25 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 77 0
P. Barber 1 1 5 0 5 5
L. Wester 66 T
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 2 1
L. Wester 1 1 2 1 2 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
69-16 0 0.0
L. David 13-1 0.0 0 1
K. Alexander 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-22 2 0.0
K. Alexander 7-5 0.0 0 0
C. Conte 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-11 1 0.0
C. Conte 6-0 0.0 0 0
R. Smith 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
42-11 0 0.0
R. Smith 5-3 0.0 0 0
R. McClain 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-8 3 0.0
R. McClain 4-1 0.0 1 0
K. Beckwith 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-8 0 1.0
K. Beckwith 3-0 0.0 0 0
W. Clarke 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 2.0
W. Clarke 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Grimes 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-3 3 0.0
B. Grimes 2-1 0.0 1 0
R. Ayers 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-11 0 2.0
R. Ayers 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-14 3 0.0
J. Evans 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Elliott 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Elliott 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Russell 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
R. Russell 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Bond 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
D. Bond 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Baker 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-7 0 0.0
C. Baker 0-1 0.0 0 0
S. Siliga 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
S. Siliga 0-1 0.0 0 0
W. Gholston 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-13 0 0.0
W. Gholston 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. Murray 7 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
14/16 15/15
P. Murray 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Anger 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 49.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 43.4 20
B. Anger 3 49.3 0 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Rodgers 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 22.0 29 0
J. Rodgers 3 20.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 20 1:56 3 9 Punt
11:09 DET 26 3:04 7 74 TD
2:51 DET 21 0:16 1 11 Fumble
1:53 DET 18 4:29 8 39 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:57 TB 46 3:21 6 46 TD
3:31 DET 24 1:40 4 27 INT
0:36 DET 40 0:22 4 30 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:46 DET 47 2:20 3 4 Punt
6:10 DET 49 2:59 6 51 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:41 DET 17 3:30 5 17 Punt
8:05 DET 26 3:16 7 32 Punt
2:54 DET 23 2:34 9 49 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:04 TB 21 1:55 3 8 Punt
8:05 TB 25 5:14 11 75 TD
2:35 TB 46 0:42 2 36 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 TB 20 1:27 4 13 INT
7:36 TB 19 4:05 8 57 Fumble
1:51 TB 15 1:15 5 6 Punt
0:14 TB 19 0:14 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 11 3:14 7 36 INT
9:26 TB 20 3:16 6 32 Fumble
3:11 TB 25 4:30 10 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:11 TB 28 2:06 6 72 TD
4:49 TB 15 1:55 5 17 Punt
0:20 TB 25 0:20 1 -1 Game