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The Lions who were trying to win their first home game opener dropped to 0-3.
The game got off to a slow start with both sides’ defense standing strong, and the Broncos and the Lions both got acquainted with punt out city. By the end of the first quarter both teams were scoreless, and the game was going nowhere.
Second quarter opened up, and the Broncos started a drive from their 20 yard line using Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Bennie Fowler, Virgil Green and Juan Thompson to take it to the 1 yard line, and Ronnie Hillman went across for the touchdown to make the score with a good PAT 7-0.
The Lions turned around and answered with a 25-yard gain for Calvin Johnson, and quarterback Matt Stafford took his team down to the red zone and the 1 yard line before he sent Joique Bell in for the touchdown to make the score 7-6. Bronco Aqib Talib blocked the PAT.
With seconds to go before the end of the half Manning got fired up on a fourth down and sent Demaryius Thomas a 45-yard touchdown pass to make the score with a good PAT 14-6 at halftime.
The third quarter opened up with a fumble by Demaryius Thomas, and the Lions grabbed it and moved back and forth from the goal line with penalties; Amer Abdullah got it there from the Bronco 16 yard line to make the score 14-12. The Lions failed to make a two point conversion.
Broncos and Lions went back to punt out city for the rest of the quarter.
The fourth quarter opened up with the Lions still stuck in punt out, city and the Broncos were about to set up residence there again when Stafford fumbled the ball at the Detroit 49 yard line. The Broncos set Brian McManus up with a 53-yard field goal attempt which he missed, but the Lions lined up wrong and the Broncos got that necessary 5 yards, and McManus nailed a 48-yard attempt to make the score 17-12.
Lions started to put another drive together and got to the 46 yard line when Bronco David Bruton grabbed an interception . The Broncos marched down to the 11 yard line where Peyton Manning hit Owen Daniels with a touchdown pass to make the score 24-12
With seconds to go in the game Stafford managed to get back in the red zone and went out on and fourth and five at the Denver 15 yard line with an incomplete pass.
Manning let the time run out and took the victory.
Next week the Broncos will play the Minnesota Vikings at home at Sports Authority field in Denver. The Vikings are 2-1 after defeating the San Diego Chargers 31-14 Sunday in Mineapolis.
The Lions are now 0-3 and next meet the Seahawks Monday, Oct. 5, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears 26-0 in Seattle Sunday and are now 1-2.