Drummond's Heroics Can't Save Hapless Lions

From a bird's eye view, the Detroit Lions 23-17 overtime loss on Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn't so bad. But oh, it was bad. It was very, very bad.

From a bird's eye view, the Detroit Lions 23-17 overtime loss on Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn't so bad.

After all, the Jags entered the game with a 5-3 record and home field advantage.

But oh, it was bad. It was very, very bad.

After falling behind 17-0 heading into the 4th quarter, the Lions utilized two Eddie Drummond punt return touchdowns -- one with less than a minute remaining -- to send the game into overtime. The returns also made things look deceivingly close.

Outside of Drummond's late heroics, it was another offensive struggle for Detroit, which drop its third straight game.

Offensively, the Lions were putrid, putting up a Jason Hanson field goal in the 4th quarter but unable to muster anything against a suspect Jaguars' defensive secondary throughout the contest.

The Lions finished with 202 total offensive yards. Drummond, meanwhile, finished with 234 special teams' yards.

Quarterback Joey Harrington threw for just 121 yards, completing only 33 percent of his passes, including one interception. Harrington finished with a QB rating of 32.5 -- a season-low.

The Lions had difficulty just moving the ball past midfield, punting six times and converting four of their ten third-down opportunities -- two of which were caused by Jacksonville penalties.

The team did manage 81 yards on the ground, an improvement, thanks to rookie Kevin Jones who picked up the yardage on 19 carries.

Defensively, the Lions made Jaguars' back-up David Garrard, a third-year man replacing the injured Byron Leftwhich, look imposing. Garrard, in just his second career start, tossed for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-36 passing.

Garrard was assisted by a healthy Fred Taylor, who recovered well from last week's hip pointer, running 23 times for 144 yards.

The loss drops the Lions to 4-5 on the year, and likely back into the division cellar with the Chicago Bears.

The Lions host the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving Day. Kick-off is slated for noon.

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