Lions hand Jaguars 5th straight loss

Jags lose 26-19 in Detroit, Fall to 2-8 on season

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory (33) tries pulling away from Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory (33) tries pulling away from Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) (Associated Press)

DETROIT – Eric Ebron had a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19 Sunday.

Ebron's first carry of his career, a handoff as he went from left to right after lining up as an off-the-line tight end, was set up by his career-long, 61-yard catch.

The Lions (6-4) have won five of six despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game. For a change, Matthew Stafford didn't have to lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Jacksonville (2-8) has lost five straight.

The Jaguars had a chance to force Detroit to punt, or to go for it on a fourth-and-3 from their 46. Nose tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, though, was penalized for encroachment on a play in which Stafford probably didn't intend to have the ball snapped.

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Stafford converted a third-and-5 from the Jacksonville 36 with a 7-yard pass to Theo Riddick with 2:18 left that helped set up Matt Prater's 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left.

Tavon Wilson sealed the victory with an interception with 2 seconds left.

Coming off a bye, the Lions were very rusty on offense.

They had more punts (five) than rushing yards (two) and just 18 yards passing late in the first half, but led 6-3 because Andre Roberts returned a punt 55 yards early in the second quarter. They were also fortunate their defense scored, putting them ahead 16-9 early in the third when Rafael Bush returned an interception 39 yards for a TD.


The Jaguars avoided having a dubious NFL record all by themselves, finally getting a takeaway. In fact, they recovered two fumbles against a team that had lost only one fumble all season.


Jaguars: RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and CB Aaron Colvin (concussion, chest) were among the Jacksonville players injured during the game.

Lions: S Don Carey had a hamstring injury during the game, taking one of Detroit's key special teams players off the field.


Jaguars: Jacksonville stays on the road to play the Buffalo Bills.

Lions: Detroit hosts Minnesota in a possibly pivotal game in the NFC North race. If the Lions win, they will sweep the season series to win a tiebreaker between the two teams if necessary