PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 45
DETROIT LIONS: 13

NOTABLE STATS:

M. STAFFORD: 20 of 42, 414 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
T. Brady: 10 of 18, 282 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT

K. SMITH: 11 runs, 11 yards, 1 TD, 1 FUM (1 lost) + 3 rec, 15 yards
M. MORRIS: 1 runs, 3 yards, 1 TD
F. Taylor: 14 runs, 57 yards, 1 TD + 1 rec, 12 yards
L. Maroney: 5 runs, 27 yards

C. JOHNSON: 10 rec, 297 yards, 1 TD
B. JOHNSON: 4 rec, 65 yards
B. PETTIGREW: 1 rec, 28 yards
R. Moss: 4 rec, 110 yards, 1 TD
W. Welker: 3 rec, 132 yards, 2 TDs
J. Galloway: 2 rec, 30 yards

A. Thomas / T. Banta-Cain: 2 sacks each
Not Even A Challenge
2009 Super Bowl: Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots
The David and Goliath line that had been floating throughout the ESPN studios the past
two weeks emphasized the mismatch between the New England Patriots and the
underdog Detroit Lions. The Lions rode into the Super Bowl on the back of one of their
best seasons in history, sparked the QB play of young Matthew Stafford and rising
superstar, Calvin Johnson.

The Patriots offense got moving like a speeding bullet from a 357 Magnum as they
zipped from one end of the field to the other in just 6 plays, highlighted by a 28 yard gain
by Randy Moss. Moss just missed getting his second toe down on 3rd and goal and the
Patriots kicked a 25 yard field goal for the first points of the game. 3-0 Patriots.

The Lions were not deterred though, and came right back at New England’s defense,
gaining big chunks through the air with Brandon Pettigrew and on the ground with a
couple great runs by Kevin Smith. Calvin Johnson just missed a fantastic try at a catch on
3rd and long and the Lions settled for the field goal, tying the score at 3-3. That is how
the quarter would end.
WR Randy Moss just missed getting his second foot
down in the back of the endzone.
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The atmosphere was incredibly intense as the Lions and the Patriots took the field. The Pre-game was highlighted by a flyover by the famous Blue Angels.
A three and out gave the ball right back to the Detroit. It was all smiles as Stafford grouped the
huddle together for the next drive and Lions fans could feel the momentum on their side.
Stafford hit Johnson for 18 yards. Three straight runs and it was 2nd and 14 and Stafford was
forced to throw. He hit Smith out of the backfield on a perfect swing pass that gained 8 yards.
On third down, however, Leigh Bodden spied Stafford looking to C. Johnson and he got a
hand on it to bring up fourth and 6. Hanson connected on a 42 yarder for the Lions first lead of
the game. 6-3 Lions.

Brady rallied the troops and took the field. First pass- incomplete. Second pass- sacked! Third
pass- a 73 yard strike to Wes Welker running in stride on a post route. The wasn’t a Lion
within ten yards. Welker walked into the endzone and the Pats were back on top, 10-6.
WR Randy Moss just missed getting his second foot
down in the back of the endzone.
Both teams had drives that went nowhere and eventually the Lions got the ball back on New England's
39 yard line. Kevin Smith plowed off tackle right and looked to have some room when Tully Banta-Cain
popped the ball loose as Smith spun away from him. The Patriots jumped on the loose ball and the
drive was over.

The Lions held and got the ball back and on the Lions’ last drive of the half, Stafford tried to make
something happen by forcing a ball into the crowd in the middle. Jarod Mayo intercepted it and gave
the Pats one last chance before half. Brady used the opportunity to hit Wes Welker once again, this
time for 59 yards and a score. The Patriots went into the tunnel at halftime up a comfortable 17-6.
Banta-Cain made play after play, forcing a
fumble and later snagging an interception.
The third quarter meant the Lions would get the ball first and Stafford came out firing passes. He was sacked on first down, had Bryant Johnson
drop a sure catch on second down and finally connected with Calvin Johnson on third. It was a short-lived victory, however, as his next pass was
picked by James Sanders and run back 50 yards for a score. 24-6 Patriots.

A touchback gave the Lions a new start. Stafford set up the screen, but didn’t see Banta-Cain who stepped in front of Kevin Smith and went the 17
yard distance to the house. 31-6 Patriots.
Injuries compounded the problems the
Lions were having moving the ball.
Things were getting out of hand and the coaching staff tried to
calm things down a bit by calling some running plays to establish
a drive. It last 6 plays and then Stafford was sacked on 3rd
down. At the New England 35, the coaches went against their
own better judgment and decided to go for it. The pass was
deflected and the Pats got the ball back. Two Fred Taylor runs
went nowhere and on third Brady was forced to throw. It was a
good decision. Brady hit Randy Moss in streaking downfield on a
59 yard scoring pass. The game became laughable at 38-6.
Jonathan Wilhite leaps for an INT.
Things were getting out of hand and the coaching staff tried to calm things down a bit by calling some running plays to establish a drive. It last 6
plays and then Stafford was sacked on 3rd down. At the New England 35, the coaches went against their own better judgment and decided to
go for it. The pass was deflected and the Pats got the ball back. Two Fred Taylor runs went nowhere and on third Brady was forced to throw. It
was a good decision. Brady hit Randy Moss in streaking downfield on a 59 yard scoring pass. The game became laughable at 38-6.
Stafford looked like a lost puppy returning to the huddle for the next drive. His ego shattered, his back
hurt from the pressure of being hurried and sacked, he ran for his life on first down, but was sacked.
On second, his pass was knocked down. With few options remaining, he threw one up in desperation
to Johnson. Calvin, of course, bailed the kid out and caught a 42 yarder. Stafford’s future seemed a
little brighter. He jogged up to the next huddle and called another pass. That would be a mistake.
Johnathan Wilhite saw Stafford looking at his target the whole way and picked off yet another ball.  
Fred Taylor went to work right away with a 28 yard run, followed by a 19 yard pass to Joey Galloway.
It set up the Patrots on the 2 yard line. A run left was stuffed at the line. A run right was open for a
moment until Louis Delmas, who never gave up the whole game, stuffed Taylor again. On third a very
short, Taylor ran it up the middle once again, but the line’s push was just too strong and the Pats
scored once again. The score made it 45-6 and Detroit fans started checking flight times back home.
Louis Delmas came up big a number of
times in the Super Bowl, stopping Fred
Taylor twice on the goal line.
There would be only one score in the fourth quarter. Stafford gave the remaining fans
something to see when he hit Calvin Johnson for a 71 yard touchdown. No one but Johnson
celebrated. 45-13 Pats.

New England brought in back-up QB Kevin O’Connell who handed off to Laurence Maroney
a few times and the game was officially in the books as a 45-13 blow-out. David had not
slew Goliath on this day. In fact, Goliath buried David, his family and the whole town where
he grew up. The Lions never thought they’d make the Super Bowl, but when they finally did,
they never thought it would end like this.
Stafford looked like a lost puppy returning to the huddle for the next drive. His ego shattered, his back hurt from the pressure of being hurried and
sacked, he ran for his life on first down, but was sacked. On second, his pass was knocked down. With few options remaining, he threw one up in
desperation to Johnson. Calvin, of course, bailed the kid out and caught a 42 yarder. Stafford’s future seemed a little brighter. He jogged up to
the next huddle and called another pass. That would be a mistake. Johnathan Wilhite saw Stafford looking at his target the whole way and picked
off yet another ball.  Fred Taylor went to work right away with a 28 yard run, followed by a 19 yard pass to Joey Galloway. It set up the Patrots on
the 2 yard line. A run left was stuffed at the line. A run right was open for a moment until Louis Delmas, who never gave up the whole game,
stuffed Taylor again. On third a very short, Taylor ran it up the middle once again, but the line’s push was just too strong and the Pats scored
once again. The score made it 45-6 and Detroit fans started checking flight times back home.
Calvin Johnson's fourth quarter TD was too little too
late.
NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTS WIN 45-13
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