Cardinals 38, Lions 10
GLENDALE, Ariz. (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – Christmas came early for the Arizona Cardinals beating the Detroit Lions 38-10 on Sunday.
As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – The Lions helped the Cardinals snap their nine-game losing streak and give Detroit another one for the loss column.
A storm of mistakes led the Lions to their sixth loss in a row.
The bright spot for the Lions occurred as Calvin Johnson became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 1,600-yard receiving seasons and tied an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game.
Johnson was congratulated on the record then asked about the loss:
“It was the turnovers … and (we) couldn’t stop them on defense.”
“You have no choice, you are a professional athlete … you have no choice,” said Johnson about bouncing back from the string of losses.
Greg Toler brought back an interception 102 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, the longest return in franchise history, to seal Arizona’s victory over Detroit.
The Cardinals (5-9) intercepted Matthew Stafford three times, returning two of them for touchdowns and setting up a TD with the other, while sending the Lions to their sixth straight loss. Rashad Johnson brought back a pick 53 yards for a touchdown to cap Arizona’s 21-point second quarter. Patrick Peterson’s interception set up another score.
Another TD by Arizona came after Detroit (4-10) muffed a punt.
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