By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 18th, 2011 at 5:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Quarterback Matt Stafford threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to Titus Young and 6 yards to Calvin Johnson in the last five minutes as the Detroit Lions came back for a 28-27 win over the Raiders Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
Losers of three straight, the Raiders are 7-7 and probably still a game back of the Denver Broncos, who were well behind New Englnad in the fourth quarter.
Stafford completed 29 of 52 passes for 391 yards, with Calvin Johnson catching 9 passes for 214 yards. The Lions, 9-5, remain in contention for an NFC wild card spot.
The Raiders, who led the game 27-14 with 7:47 left after a strip-sack by Tommy Kelly resulted on a 4-yard touchdown by linebacker Aaron Curry, got the ball near midfield as the game ended.
Janikowski had a 65-yard field goal attempt at the gun partially blocked.
Oakland also scored on a 43-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey, a 12-yard reverse by Louis Murphy in the first quarter and field goals of 46 and 51 yards by Sebastian Janikowski.
For Detroit, Stafford had touchdown passes of 51 yards to Calvin Johnson, 39 yards to Nate Burleson and 4 yards to Titus Young, the last one coming with 4:59 to play and getting Detroit within 27-21.