National Football League
Detroit 20, Carolina 19
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 18, 2018
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Temperature: Dome
Head Official: Clay Martin
Attendance: 61999

Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on a go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown pass and the Detroit Lions hung on for a 20-19 victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Panthers pulled within one on Cam Newton's 8-yard touchdown pass to DJ Moore with 1:07 remaining. Carolina coach Ron Rivera decided to go for a two-point conversion, but Newton's pass attempt fell incomplete.

Stafford completed 23 of 37 passes for 220 yards. Golladay made eight catches for 113 yards and recently-signed Bruce Ellington made six receptions for 52 yards for the Lions (4-6).

Detroit rookie Kerryon Johnson rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown but was forced out of the game with a knee injury.

Newton completed 25 of 37 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns while getting intercepted once. Moore caught seven passes for 157 yards for the Panthers (6-4). Christian McCaffrey rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries and caught six passes for 57 yards.

Matt Prater connected on a 32-yard field goal during the third quarter to give Detroit a 13-7 lead.

The Panthers drove 92 yards in 10 plays early in the fourth quarter and Newton found Curtis Samuel for a 12-yard scoring strike. But Graham Gano missed the extra point, leaving the score tied at 13.

The Lions regained the lead on Stafford's 19-yard pass to Golladay. The rookie receiver made a leaping catch while falling backward into the end zone and getting pushed by cornerback James Bradberry.

The Lions held a 10-7 halftime lead.

Carolina drove 90 yards after the opening kickoff and scored on Newton's 1-yard pass to a wide open Greg Olsen. Newton completed a 23-yard pass to Devin Funchess during that drive.

Detroit answered with a 72-yard drive the first time it had the ball. Johnson scooted around the left side for an 8-yard touchdown to cap it off.

The next five possessions in the game ended with punts before the Lions moved in front on Prater's 54-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Detroit
Christian McCaffrey Player Kerryon Johnson
13 Attempts 15
53 Yards 87
4.1 Avg Yards 5.8
0 Touchdowns 1
10 Long 24
Carolina   Detroit
DJ Moore Player Kenny Golladay
7 Receptions 8
157 Yards 113
22.4 Avg Yards 14.1
1 Touchdowns 1
82 Long 36
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Carolina 387 56 331 3 0 0 1.0 0
Detroit 309 94 215 2 2 1 3.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Lions have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Seattle. The Panthers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .750 after a loss.