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7-6, 2nd in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

According to the Westgate Sports Book in Vegas, the Lions open as 6.5 point favorites over Chicago for Saturday's game.

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Spence 'ecstatic' after Lions' win (0:22)
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Lions remain in playoff hunt after win over Bucs (1:18)
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Lions squeak by Buccaneers (1:09)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

What Matthew Stafford's hand looked like after the game.

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Stafford's 4th winning drive leads Lions over Bucs 24-21

Matthew Stafford passed for 381 yards with an injured throwing hand and set up Matt Prater for a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds Sunday, helping the Detroit Lions remain in playoff contention with a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Golladay helps set up game-winning FG with amazing catch (0:21)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

It was not a pretty win for the Lions, but it kept their faint playoff hopes alive -- and that's about all Detroit can do at this point. The Lions have to be happy with their secondary, which forced multiple turnovers and continues to be the strength of this team. The run game was still nonexistent but got enough from Theo Riddick.

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Prater drills game-winning FG for Lions (0:18)
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Riddick shakes off Bucs for second TD of game (0:22)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions led by 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter. And in less than eight minutes, Detroit blew it. Two straight touchdown drives for Tampa Bay and a Lions team that desperately needs to win to stay in the playoff picture is now tied with the Bucs, 21-21. Not that Detroit has looked like a playoff team at all at any point in the past month and a half.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

That's a career-high nine catches for Eric Ebron. Beat his old mark of eight, set in Week 16 of last season. Ebron has caught all nine passes thrown to him for 85 yards but he also had a fumble that Tampa Bay recovered. So even with the good comes a little bad for the tight end, but overall this has been a strong performance from him.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

That was one of the better runs I think I've seen Theo Riddick have during his Lions career. Fought through contact and broke a couple of tackles to get into the end zone. He's definitely improved as a back from his first two years in the league, when he couldn't do much as a rusher. First time in Riddick's career he's had more than two rushing touchdowns in a season (and also his first-ever two-touchdown game rushing).

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Stafford's long throw hauled in by Jones (0:22)
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Tate celebrates good TD with 'good putt' (0:24)
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19hJenna Laine

Visibly upset, Bucs' McCoy exited with injury

Upset on the sideline after suffering a shoulder/biceps injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy won't return against the Detroit Lions.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions and Bucs have combined for seven turnovers today, but still a long way from the NFL record of 17, which happened twice: Detroit vs. Chicago on Nov. 22, 1942 and Boston vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 1946.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford's right hand looks fine. Some of his decisions, though, have not been. He's thrown two poor interceptions in the first half with the Lions driving down the field -- potentially costing Detroit points on both drives. It's the type of decisions Stafford had not been making the majority of the season, but the Lions have devised a pretty pass-heavy gameplan against Tampa Bay, with 24 pass attempts and nine rush attempts in the first half. Those two interceptions have kept Tampa Bay in the game -- and have dampened an otherwise strong first half for the Lions quarterback. Detroit's defense has been strong, though, forcing two fumbles and intercepting a pass to limit the Bucs chances, too. Six combined turnovers, though, have led to an ugly overall game.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

After that touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the red zone "snag" route (corner, flat, curl combo), Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 15-of-17 passes for 186 yards.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Also, Matthew Stafford has passed Troy Aikman in career attempts. Stafford entered the game with 4,709 attempts (now with 4,722). Aikman had 4,715 in his career. Stafford is now 31st all-time in pass attempts.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford went 10 of 10 in the first quarter for 122 yards. He's one of two quarterbacks to have a perfect first quarter of 10 or more attempts this season. The other? Tom Brady, who went 11 of 11 in Week 11 this year. Stafford's hand seems fine.

Team Stats

Passing Yards268.24th
Rushing Yards76.332nd
Points For26.05th
Points Against25.328th