Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Matthew Stafford lunged for a touchdown with 12 seconds left to give the Detroit Lions a 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in a thriller at Ford Field.
Detroit trailed by six points with 1:02 left and started the winning drive at its own 20.
A 17-yard catch from Calvin Johnson was followed by Stafford's toss down the left sideline for Kris Durham for 40 yards. Stafford then went back to Johnson for 22 yards down to the Dallas 1 and raced to set up a spike.
However, Stafford leaped after the snap and just got the ball over the goal line. After a review determined he had crossed the plane, David Akers kicked the extra point and the Lions had a 31-30 lead with 12 seconds to play.
"There was a lot of options he had there," said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "But they never even tackled him there and I was kind of confused what they were reviewing there."
Dallas had one shot after the kickoff, but didn't get anywhere with a catch and laterals as time ran out.
Stafford finished the game with 488 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions while completing 33-of-48 attempts. Johnson set a career high with 329 yards on 14 catches with a score for the Lions (5-3), who bounced back from a three-point loss to Cincinnati last week.
Johnson's game was just seven yards short of the NFL record for most receiving yards in one game, set by Flipper Anderson. Reggie Bush totaled 92 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, while adding 30 yards on eight receptions in the win.
"That was just a lot of crazy out there today," said Johnson. "We were all over the place today. I'm just glad that I was able to be out there and do my job."
Tony Romo was 14-for-30 for 206 yards and three touchdown passes, with Dez Bryant catching three balls for 72 yards and two scores for the Cowboys (4-4), who had won two straight and still lead the NFC East by one game over Philadelphia despite being at .500.
"We didn't do what we needed to do to win the ball game, period," said Dallas head coach Jason Garrett. "They did, we didn't and we have to live with that. It starts with me, then the coaching staff, and then the players. We had opportunities to end the game, and we didn't."
The offenses on both sides sputtered out the gate, with each team punting the ball on both of their first two possessions.
Starting its third drive at its own 10, Detroit quickly got into scoring position when Stafford slung a short pass over the middle for Johnson, who stiff-armed the nearest defender and raced down the field for 87 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Dallas 3.
The Cowboys' defense firmed up in front of its own goal line and forced Detroit into a fourth down from the 2-yard line, but the Lions went for it and Stafford hit Johnson just inside the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
Sean Lee picked off a Stafford pass that fell out of the hands of Johnson early in the second, but Dallas had to punt the ball away again.
Following another Detroit punt, the Cowboys started with the ball at their own 20, and catches of 13 yards from Joseph Randle and Jason Witten moved the ball to midfield. The drive eventually stalled at the Lions' 35 and Dan Bailey booted a 53-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game with 5:39 to play in the first half.
Detroit drove the field on its next touch and got into scoring position. The Lions faced a 3rd-and-5 at the Dallas 27, but Lee read the route and picked off Stafford's pass and returned it 74 yards down to the Detroit 4.