14 unanswered 4th quarter points–the only points score by either team in the second half–help the Lions (8-5) beat the Cardinals (7-6) by a score of 24-13, positioning themselves into an NFC Wildcard spot.
After trailing early 10-0 and then again 13-10 at the half, the Lions stuck to their gameplan of focusing on RB David Johnson, the league leader in receptions and a thread on the ground every time he has the ball.
Matthew Stafford struggled a bit this week, but help the team convert on some key third downs. LaGarett Blount led the way with 108 yards on 20 carries, including a 24-yard TD run. The Lions defense remained steadfast as they adjusted to a tough 1st quarter to hold the Cardinals scoreless and to remain a top-5 defense in the NFL.
The Lions will head to Buffalo for their Week 15 matchup with the Bills (3-9 as of the posting of this story). The Lions control their own destiny and will at least secure a wildcard spot if they were to win-out. There is still a small chance of the Lions winning the NFC North division as well.
The Lions started the season 0-3 with Matthew Stafford out with an injury he sustained in the preseason. Since returning, the Lions are 8-2 including a stretch of 5-straight wins at one point.