Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys: Live updates, game highlights

Fresh off clinching the NFC North crown, the Detroit Lions return to primetime in Week 17 with a road trip against the Dallas Cowboys. This is the fifth night game of the season, with the Lions holding a 4-0 record so far.

The Lions (11-4) are guaranteed at least one home playoff game after locking up the division against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 with a 30-24 victory. Detroit is now battling for seeding with the NFC’s other top teams and has a slim chance of getting the No. 1 seed by winning out and getting some help.

The road starts with a trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys, who are currently the top wild card in the NFC and are still in the thick of the NFC East race with a 10-5 record. Dallas has lost its last two games with a 31-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills and a 22-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The game starts at 8:15 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Since it’s technically Monday Night Football even though it’s Saturday, the game will be on ESPN and ABC. It can also be streamed to Fubo. The Cowboys are 4½-point favorites at home.

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Lions vs Cowboys Live Updates, Highlights

The Lions were inches away from taking a 5-0 lead by sacking Dak Prescott in the end zone, but the Dallas quarterback got away from Derrick Barnes, who hit his punt, and threw a snap to Lamb, who beat Kindle Vildor as he it was falling deep down the field. Lamb easily made the catch and went in for a touchdown to take the lead. The 92-yard touchdown was the longest by the Lions this season and the longest passing touchdown in the NFL this season.

Melifonwu, fresh off winning NFC Defensive Player of the Week, continues to play for the Lions’ defense. On third-and-4 from the Lions’ 34-yard line, Prescott rolled to his right and attempted a pass in a tight window to CeeDee Lamb, but Melifonwu jumped in front of the floor and secured the interception. He returned the ball to the Detroit 43 to set up the offense with good field position. Melifonwu has two interceptions in the last two snaps for the Lions defense, the only two interceptions of his career.

The Lions got the kickoff and drove into Cowboys territory, but had to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Michael Badgley. The drive started with a third-and-10 conversion when Jared Goff hit Josh Reynolds on a slant for an 11-yard gain. Goff followed with a 23-yard completion to Amon-Ra St. Brown to move to the 50. David Montgomery took another first down on two runs for a combined 18 yards, but the Lions gained no more yards after that, prompting the field goal. .

Pregame Notes

Instead of getting caught up in the moment of winning the division for the first time in 30 years, head coach Dan Campbell said he still has plenty of goals on the table to focus on, such as winning the franchise’s first playoff game since 1991. and the climb to one of the top two seeds in the NFC.

The Lions need to beat the Cowboys this week to move above the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 2 seed, but that will be no small feat. Dallas has won 15 straight games at home dating back to the start of the 2022 season and has one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, along with a defense led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Micah Parsons.

The Cowboys are second in the NFL in scoring (30.1 points per game) and sixth in total offense (366.2 yards per game). The offense is led by quarterback Dak Prescott, who is averaging 259.5 yards and two touchdowns per game while boasting a 30-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His favorite target is CeeDee Lamb, who is first in the NFL in receptions (109) and second in total receptions (1,424).

The Lions’ offense has found its stride again the past two weeks after hitting a bit of a rut midway through the season. Detroit has averaged 36 points over the past two games, rushed for 328 yards as a team, and Jared Goff has thrown for 535 yards and six touchdowns without a single loss. The rebound means the Lions are now third in the league in total offense (394.1 yards per game) and fifth in scoring (27.5 points per game). Dallas’ defense is fifth in the league in scoring defense (19.1 points allowed per game), but has struggled against the run the past two weeks, giving up 357 yards on the ground in the two losses.

Lions injury report

Lions get healthy at the right time of the season. C.J. Gardner-Johnson and James Houston returned to practice after being on injured reserve since Week 2, but will sit out Saturday. Detroit’s offensive line will be intact after left tackle Taylor Decker missed practice this week with a groin injury. Cornerback Cam Sutton is active despite a toe injury and tight end Brock Wright (hip) is out again. Linebackers Tyson Alualu and Bruce Irvin were activated for the game.

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