Lions QB Stafford shines in blowout win over Eagles

Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:10pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes, three to Calvin Johnson, and the revived Detroit Lions won their third straight by walloping the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thursday at Ford Field.

Stafford completed 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards for the Lions (4-7), who have also won three consecutive U.S. Thanksgiving Day games.

Johnson, who tied his career high with his three touchdown grabs, caught eight passes for 93 yards. He has an NFL-record 11 TD receptions on Thanksgiving and at least one for seven consecutive seasons.

Running back Theo Riddick and wide receiver Golden Tate hauled in Stafford's other scoring passes. Running back Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown.

Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah recorded a career-high 3 1/2 sacks and recovered a fumble.

Mark Sanchez passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (4-7), who gave up 45 points for the second time in five days and lost their third straight. Sanchez started in place of Sam Bradford, who was inactive for the second consecutive game because of a concussion and separated left shoulder.

The Lions led 24-7 at halftime.

Stafford connected with Riddick on an eight-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter. Riddick had a 23-yard catch earlier in the drive.

Philadelphia tied it during the opening minute of the second quarter. Sanchez found tight end Brent Celek for a two-yard score on third-and-goal to cap off an 80-yard drive.   Continued...

Nov 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass during the first quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports