Quarterback Matthew Stafford leads Detroit Lions’ late winning drive at Tampa Bay for 24-21 win
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Fla. — With time running down, the Detroit Lions had no qualms about the ball being in Matthew Stafford’s injured throwing hand.
They’ve come to expect their quarterback to find a way to lead them to victory Sunday, and Stafford didn’t disappoint, when he threw for 381 yards and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds to beat Tampa Bay 24-21.
The victory stopped a two-game skid and kept the Lions (7-6) in playoff contention.
“I just think we have a lot of confidence. I think guys that have been around here have understood that sometimes that’s the way the game boils down. We go out there and make plays,” Stafford said after directing a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime for the 32nd time in his career.
He completed 36 of 44 attempts against the Buccaneers (4-9) as the Lions overcame two interceptions and a fumble.
Jameis Winston rallied Tampa Bay, which has lost eight of 10 following a 2-1 start, with a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes.