TAMPA BAY (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Lions win their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20 on Sunday.
The Lions dominated the first half then the Buccaneers made it a close game in the end but the Lions held on for the win.
Matthew Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns helping the Detroit Lions beat the Buccaneers for their fifth consecutive victory dating to the final month of the 2010 season.
Stafford completed 24 of 33 passes, including TD throws of 36 and 1 yards to Calvin Johnson and 11 yards to Tony Scheffler.
The only interception Stafford threw glanced off the hands of intended receiver Will Heller and was returned 28 yards by Aqib Talib for the only touchdown Tampa Bay managed until Josh Freeman threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams with less than two minutes to go.
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