It’s been quite a month for Darius Slay. On September 10th, he proposed to girlfriend Jenn Williams (she said yes by the way), on October 5th, the two announced via Twitter that they will be having a baby girl, expected around February of next year, and yesterday, October 9th, Darius Slay practically single-handedly won an NFL game against an undefeated team. Entering Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia was heavy favorites to walk out of Detroit with a win, and remain unbeaten and atop the NFC East; Detroit however had different plans.
The Lions offense started the game with the potency that many hoped would be shown this season. The first three drives of the game resulted in three passing touchdowns for Matthew Stafford and company, two to Theo Riddick, and one to Marvin Jones just before halftime. This scoring came against an Eagles defense which through week 4 had not allowed a single passing score. Entering the half, the Lions had pulled out to a 21-10 lead, however any Lions fan knows that is nowhere near enough to relax.
The Eagles turned the heat after the break, scoring on their first 3 possessions, and taking their first lead of the game with 6:40 left in the 4th quarter. The Lions got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff and took the field for what many would think to be the most critical drive of the game. However, in “Classic Lions” fashion, Detroit pulled a quick 3 and out, giving the Eagles the ball and the lead with under 5 minutes to play.
Through a series of short passes and runs, Philadelphia had dwindled nearly three minutes off the clock, and faced with a 3rd and short, went with a pitch to running back Ryan Mathews; This was where “Big Play Slay” took over. After noticing that Mathews continuously held the ball in his inside arm on right sweep plays, Slay swept in for a tackle, and knocked the ball out of Mathew’s hands, tumbling towards the sideline, where it was recovered by defensive tackle, Tyrunn Walker at the 45 yard line. The fumble was the first offensive turnover this season for the Eagles.
Detroit scored a field goal after a short drive, putting them back in the lead 24-23 with 1:28 on the clock. The very first play of the drive, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz decided to take the game into his own hands, and threw a deep pass to Nelson Agholor, who was coincidentally being covered by Slay. The ball was in a perfect position for a reception, if it wasn’t for Mr. Big Play himself, who reached over Agholor to come down with the game sealing interception. Thus ended Carson Wentz’ impressive streak of 134 passes without an interception to start his career, and with it, Darius Slay showed exactly why he was worth the $50.2 million contract extension which he signed just prior to training camp this year.
The Lions stay in Detroit next week, taking on the Los Angeles Rams, with a chance to pull to 3-3, and back into the playoff hunt.
Some interesting stats from Sunday’s contest:
Eagles first 257 offensive plays: 0 Turnovers
Eagles most recent 2 offensive plays: 2 Turnovers
The Lions, who currently sit at 2-3, are 11 points away from being 5-0 while simultaneously 5 points away from being 0-5.
Jim Caldwell showed emotion for possibly the first time in recorded history.
WE HAVE AN EMOTIONAL COACH!!! https://t.co/kGusz7QFWW
— Detroit Moments (@DetroitMoments) October 9, 2016