Lions surprise Cowboys, Chiefs go to 8-0

Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:48pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Detroit Lions scored a dramatic late touchdown to beat the Dallas Cowboys, while the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten and the Denver Broncos rallied for a big win in National Football League action on Sunday.

On a day when the Miami Dolphins frittered away a two-touchdown lead against the New England Patriots to lose their fourth straight, Detroit pulled off an unlikely 31-30 victory as Calvin Johnson had 329 yards receiving, the second-most in NFL history.

Following a Dallas field goal, the Lions regained possession trailing by six points with barely one minute left in the game.

But quarterback Matthew Stafford broke the heart of the team he supported as a boy by driving the Lions 80 yards in six plays.

A Stafford pass to Johnson moved the ball to the one-yard line with 22 seconds left.

As the clock ticked away, Stafford rushed his offense to the line and indicated to his team-mates he was going to spike the ball.

Instead, he caught his own team - and the Cowboys - by surprise, extending his arms over the goal line for a game-tying touchdown, before David Akers converted the extra point with 12 seconds left.

"I told everybody I was going to spike it… I looked down and I just needed to go. I sure am glad I got across," Stafford said.

Added wide receiver Johnson: "He caught the guys napping on the defensive line. I didn't know he (Stafford) was going to do it but it was a great move by him."   Continued...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates with cornerback Chris Houston (23) after defeating the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports