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    Lions vs. Colts recap: Backups step up as Lions win 27-26

    The Detroit Lions are looking to improve to 1-1 in the 2022 NFL preseason when they pay a visit to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

    Nearly all of Detroit's starters will be watching this game out of uniform; however, Jeff Okudah, Will Harris and Malcolm Rodriguez will be on the field.

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    Stay tuned to this piece with live constant updates and highlights for all of today's action.

    First Quarter

    The Colts win the coin toss and elect to defer; the Lions will have the ball first with quarterback David Blough starting under center. And he's already making a case to be Detroit's backup this year, connecting early with Kalif Raymond on a 3rd and short conversion to extend Detroit's opening drive that would ultimately last 7:20 and 14 total plays.

    Detroit would find the scoresheet first courtesy of an Austin Seibert field goal from 28 yards, leading 3-0. Blough completed three of four passes while also rushing 18 yards. 3-0 Lions.

    It wouldn't be long before the Colts would return the favor, tying the score at 3-3 on their opening drive, a total of 64 yards and 11 plays resulting in a field goal. 3-3 tie.

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    Second Quarter

    The Lions began the second quarter on a roll, as RB Justin Jackson scampered 19 yards to put Detroit in good field position:

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    However, the run would stall after a fumble from Jackson that he was able to recover himself. Detroit would soon re-take the lead, once again courtesy of a Seibert field goal from 40 yards. 6-3 Lions.

    Unfortunately, the first turnover of the game would come via a Blough interception that deflected up into the air and was returned by Tony Brown back to the Detroit 21-yard line.

    Thanks to some strong defensive play, the Lions were able to keep the Colts from gaining any more yardage following the turnover. Indianapolis would have to settle for a field goal. 6-6 tie.

    Immediately afterwards, it would be Maurice Alexander making his presence known with a 61-yard return to the Indianapolis 34-yard line. However, the score remained tied at 6-6 after Seibert's attempt from 55 yards nailed the upright.

    Shortly after the 2-minute warning, the Colts took the lead thanks to the 1st touchdown pass of the afternoon thanks to Sam Ehlinger connecting with Michael Strachan in the end zone.

    The subsequent field goal was good. 13-6 Colts.

    The 1st half finished with a bang, as the Lions elected to keep their offensive unit on the field on 4th-and-goal rather than attempt a field goal; Blough connected with Tom Kennedy as time expired.

    Blough ends the 1st half going 16-for-22 with 76 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

    HALFTIME: Colts 13, Lions 13

     

    Third Quarter

    How about a nice double-dip from Kennedy? He would record his second touchdown reception of the game midway through the 3rd quarter, giving the Lions the lead right back.

    The response from the Colts would be swift, however, Sam Ehlinger would launch a dime of a 50-yard touchdown to Dezmon Patmon:

    Colts 20, Lions 20

    Detroit's defense continues to hold down the fort, as Saivion Smith laid an absolutely massive hit on Indianapolis' DeMichael Harris.

    Fourth Quarter

    Not long afterward, it would be Austin Bryant with a second 3rd-down sack shortly into the afternoon's final frame:

    With time ticking away in the 4th quarter, quarterback Tim Boyle would lead the Lions 85 yards down the field on an 18-play drive, ultimately resulting in a Godwin Igwebuike two-yard touchdown run to put Detroit back on top:

    Lions 27, Colts 20

    The Colts refused to lay down and die, advancing down the field with under a minute remaining in regulation and coming back to within one point courtesy of quarterback Jack Coan connecting with Samson Nacua.

    However, Indianapolis elected to go for two points in an attempt that would fall short.

    Detroit's defense holds, and they'll leave Indianapolis with their first win of the 2022 preseason.

    FINAL SCORE: Lions 27, Colts 26

     


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