Lions Tie Cardinals in Season Opener

Matthew Merrifield

                The Detroit Lions started off their 2019 campaign with a

T.J. Hockenson celebrates 1st touchdown ith Danny Amendola

27-27 tie to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday. While it was a tie, it feels like a loss to many for the Lions as they held a 24-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals lead by this year’s number one overall pick and reigning Heisman winner Kyler Murray mounted a comeback with eighteen unanswered points including a touchdown pass from Murray to Larry Fitzgerald with 47 seconds remaining. In overtime both teams traded field goals before the clock expired ending the game. This was a tough blow for the Lions as it was a game that they had in hand, and with the tough schedule they have this year wins may be tough to come by.

                Although the score was not what the Lions wanted there were a few impressive performances. Quarterback Matthew Stafford opened his eleventh season as the Lions signal caller with an impressive 385 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Also, The Lions first round pick this year T.J. Hockenson had an impressive debut as he had six catches for 131 yards including a 23 yard touchdown catch. On the defensive side, second year safety Tracy Walker led the way with 9 tackles and an interception. For the Cardinals, Kyler Murray led the way 308 yards and 2 touchdowns. He starred in the fourth quarter with 238 yards and 2 touchdowns along with the Cardinals 18 point comeback. The Lions look to bounce back this week in their home opener against a tough opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers at 1p.m. Sunday, September 15th, on CBS.