Eagles Vs Lions Highlights: Eagles Can’t Stop Megatron in 45-14 Defeat
Eagles Vs Lions: Matthew Stafford tied a career-best five touchdown passes while “Megatron” Calvin Johnson caught three of them as the Detroit Lions routed Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thanksgiving Day.Advertisement
The Lions (4-7) have now won three straight games since firing their team president, Tom Lewand, and general manager, Martin Mayhew. “That’s as complete a victory as we’ve had since we’ve been here,” said Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, who has turned the team’s fortunes since a 1-7 start.
“Megatron” Johnson finished with eight catches for 93 yards and three TDs, matching his career-best set in 2010.
Lions also rounded off a hat-trick of Thanksgiving wins. “Third year in a row (we’ve won on Thanksgiving), let’s keep this streak going,” an elated RB Joique Bell said after the win. “Offense played great, defense played awesome. We were able to run the ball, throw the ball. Matt had a heck of a game today. … That was a team victory today.”
Stafford was the star of the show, completing 27 of 38 passes for 337 yards, finishing with a career-best passer rating of 137.8. Early into the game, Stafford felt it was imperative to get Megatron involved. “We started the game, I think we got through the first quarter without him (Johnson) even having a catch, and I was sitting there going, ‘Man, we got to get 81 the ball,’” said Stafford. “Jim Bob dialed up some plays for him and he got open, made some big-time catches.”
The Eagles were dominated from start to finish, except for a second quarter play by Mark Sanchez that briefly tied the score at 7-7. Sanchez went 3-for-3 for 58 yards and a TD on a seven-play, 80 play drive early in the second.
The Eagles (4-7) have now lost three consecutive games. “We all take accountability,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly rued after the loss. “I’m a coach, not a player, so it starts with me. I’m not pointing fingers at anybody, and I don’t think anybody points fingers at anybody.”