Final

Broncos 7

(3-5, 1-2 away)

Lions 44

(6-2, 4-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 4, 2007

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 0 0 0 77
DET 3 13 14 1444

Top Performers

Passing: P. Ramsey (DEN) - 262 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: K. Jones (DET) - 17 CAR, 71 YDS

Receiving: B. Marshall (DEN) - 9 REC, 96 YDS

Playoff bound? Lions now 6-2 after dominating Denver

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions had confidence in themselves back in training camp, when Jon Kitna boldly declared he would be disappointed with anything short of 10 wins.

They're not alone now because people outside their locker room are believing in them, too.

Kitna threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions scored twice on defense, leading to a 44-7 rout over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Late-Scoring Lions
Detroit Lions
If the Lions put up points in the second half, it usually means victory. Here's the week-by-week second half scoring breakdown by Detroit this season.
2nd Half PointsResult
26 Win vs. Raiders
7 Win vs. Vikings
0 Loss vs. Eagles
34 Win vs. Bears
3 Loss vs. Redskins
10 Win vs. Bucs
3 Win vs. Bears
28 Win vs. Broncos

The Lions (6-2) have established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC and perhaps the surprise team in the entire league at the midway point of their season. They are one game behind Green Bay (7-1) in the NFC North.

"This is real," defensive tackle Cory Redding said. "This is a different team. It's not the same-old Lions anymore."

In the Super Bowl era, 76 percent of the 146 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs. The Lions haven't won six of their first eight games since 1999, the last season they made the playoffs.

"I hope we keep playing one snap at a time," coach Rod Marinelli said. "The rest of that is too far down the road. I know that's boring. I'm boring."

At this point, Detroit already has twice as many wins as last year, Marinelli's first season, and matched the most victories in any year under team president Matt Millen. It was also the third straight win for Detroit, which also more than doubled its largest margin of victory since Millen took over in 2001.

Denver (3-5) dropped below .500 halfway through the season for the first time since its last losing season in 1999. The Broncos also lost in similarly lopsided fashion to San Diego (41-3) earlier in the season.

"If you play at the level we did, you get embarrassed," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "I've been embarrassed a couple of times this year. Now, we find out what we're made of."

The banged-up Broncos took more hits when quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Travis Henry were sidelined with injuries. Cutler left the game with a lower leg injury in the second quarter and was replaced by Patrick Ramsey.

"I'll get an MRI," he said. "Hopefully, it's just a bruise."

Henry did not play in the fourth quarter after hurting his left knee, but said he felt fine.

Denver scored with 2½ minutes left to avoid being shut out for the first time since 1992.

The Broncos were about to add another meaningless score in the final seconds, but receiver Brian Clark fumbled into the end zone.

"We're not a good football team right now," said cornerback Dre' Bly, who played in Detroit the previous four seasons. "We've got to look in the mirror and see if we're doing our jobs."

The Lions started slowly, scoring only once in the first quarter on Jason Hanson's first of three field goals. They led 16-0 at halftime.

"Then, every phase just took over," Hanson said.

It became a blowout in the third when defensive end Dewayne White picked up Ramsey's fumble and returned it for a TD and Shaun McDonald was untouched on a 49-yard reception.

Adding to the laugher, Shaun Rogers intercepted a screen pass and the 340-pound defensive tackle rumbled 66 yards, scoring after stiff-arming Selvin Young to make it 37-0 in the fourth quarter. Rogers also had 2½ sacks, broke up a pass and was credited with four QB hits.

"He's making big-time plays for a down guy," Marinelli said.

Detroit is the only team in the NFC undefeated at home, starting 4-0 for the first time since moving back downtown in 2002.

"The 12th man was awesome," linebacker Boss Bailey said.

Kitna was 16-of-31 for 252 yards, with two scores and no turnovers. Kevin Jones ran for 71 yards and four receivers caught at least three passes.

Ramsey completed 29 of 46 passes for 262 yards with a TD pass to Brandon Stokley, an interception and a fumble. Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 96 yards, but dropped three passes on one drive alone.

Game notes


Detroit, which had won two games by 18 points under Millen, enjoyed its biggest win since beating Jacksonville 44-0 in 1995. ... Denver was handed its worst loss since losing 42-0 to New Orleans in 1988. ... White (left arm) was injured on his score. ... Broncos FS John Lynch was inactive with a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Denver CB Champ Bailey played against his brother, Boss, for the first time. ... Hanson became the 11th player in NFL history to score 1,600 points, moving past ex-Lion Eddie Murray on the career scoring list.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Denver
Detroit
1st Downs1620
3rd down efficiency
9-186-15
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Yards303376
Yards per play4.36.2
Total Drives31
Passing256246
Comp-Att
32-5016-31
Yards per pass
5.17.9
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-261-6
Rushing47130
Rushing Attempts
1629
Yards per rush
2.94.5
Penalties12-842-32
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
10
Possession31:3228:28

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Ramsey29/462625.7113-13
Cutler3/4205.0002-13
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna16/312528.1201-6

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry9313.4022
Young6122.006
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones17714.2012
Duckett5489.6122

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall99610.7016
Scheffler6467.7015
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald57815.6149
Johnson34715.7020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENDET
FG07:06Jason Hanson 43 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERDENDET
FG14:09Jason Hanson 53 Yd 06
TD04:59Mike Furrey 15 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) 013
FG00:35Jason Hanson 38 Yd 016
THIRD QUARTERDENDET
TD11:07Dewayne White 3 Yd Fumble Return (Jason Hanson Kick) 023
TD06:35Shaun Mcdonald 49 Yd Pass From Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson Kick) 030
FOURTH QUARTERDENDET
TD08:03Shaun Rogers 66 Yd Interception Return (Jason Hanson Kick) 037
TD05:15T.J. Duckett 3 Yd Run (Jason Hanson Kick) 044
TD02:31Brandon Stokley 2 Yd Pass From Patrick Ramsey (Jason Elam Kick) 744