DETROIT, MI — A sea of Honolulu blue packed Ford Field and brought the noise for the Detroit Lions home opener.
But, after beating the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to open the season, the Lions lost a 37-31 heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in front of a rowdy crowd in Detroit.
In the fourth quarter, the Detroit Lions came from behind, scoring 10 unanswered points to tie the game and force overtime.
But their defense was unable to get a stop in the extra frame to mark the Lions first loss in Week 2.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff completed 28-of-35 passes for 323 yards with three touchdowns and his first interception since early last season.
Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was sharp again against these Lions, too. Seattle’s quarterback hit 32 passes on 41 attempts for 328 yards and two scores.
Smith got it clicking with DK Metcalf and Lockett, while making a killing on his play-action rollouts to tight ends Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson and Noah Fant. Metcalf caught all six targets for 75 yards. Lockett corralled eight-of-10 targets for 59 yards and two touchdowns. And the trio of tight ends combined for nine catches for 132 yards.
The Seahawks have won nine of their last 10 meetings against the Lions, including all three meetings against Dan Campbell’s team. And Pete Carroll’s offenses have continued to be a thorn in this group’s side, with 136 points and 1,410 total yards of offense across the last three games against coordinator Aaron Glenn’s group.
“Well, certainly that’s a disappointing loss,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said. “That was hard. Appreciate our fans, they showed up and did their part and we didn’t finish it. Listen, credit to those guys over there. They came in and they took that game, and they earned it and we didn’t. So we wanted a fast start in both halves and we didn’t do that, we did the opposite of that and that’s not the type of game we wanted to play. Then once we got into that game, we said, ‘Well, that’s fine. We can play that game,’ and we didn’t finish it.
“I just think inadvertently it always — it gets your focus back on. We’re on one track now, here’s what it is, it’s Atlanta, it’s getting back to what we do, it’s cleaning up all the little things, and forget everything else because if we’re not all collectively — me included — all of us just focused on what’s right in front of us, then we’re not all on the same page and I just think that’s what happens with a loss. It stinks, it stinks to lose, it does, but this is not a sprint. It’s a marathon, and I know this though, we’ve got to get cleaned up in a hurry. We’ve got some good opponents we’ve got ready to face coming in.”
MLive photojournalist Jake May was there to capture photographs throughout the day. Take a look through the gallery above to see some of the biggest plays of the game, the touchdowns, the celebration, the fans, the cheerleaders, celebrities and more.
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