JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – Mikel Leshoure ran for three touchdowns to help lead the Detroit Lions to victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-14 on Sunday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – it was the Leshoure TD day, running for the first three touchdowns of the day and helped the Lions take a 21-0 lead into the second half.
Detroit dominated from start to finish, building a solid lead before halftime and coasting after the break. It was a much different feeling for the Lions (4-4), who trailed in the second half in each of their other wins.
Post-game Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said it was important for the team to hit the .500 mark:
“(We had to) fight our way back to .500, that was the most important thing,” said Schwartz. “We were just sort of methodical … we were able to finish the game.”
Leshoure finished with 70 yards rushing and scored on runs of 7, 1 and 8 yards, becoming the first in franchise history to run for three touchdowns in the first half. Not even Hall of Famer Barry Sanders accomplished that feat.
“We’ve had some injuries there but that’s what the NFL is all about … and guys stepped up,” said Schwartz.
Johnson, who got off to slow starts in Detroit’s last three games, had five receptions for 99 yards before the Jaguars (1-7) even recorded a first down. He finished with seven catches for 129 yards despite playing through a knee injury.
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