Rams 17

(1-7, 1-4 away)

Lions 10

(1-6, 1-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2009

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 3 7 0 717
DET 0 2 0 810

Top Performers

Passing: M. Bulger (STL) - 176 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Jackson (STL) - 22 CAR, 149 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Burton (STL) - 5 REC, 54 YDS

Jackson's 25-yard TD run in final minutes lifts Rams over Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The St. Louis Rams beat the Detroit Lions in each phase to snap their 17-game losing streak.

Offense. Defense. Special teams. Coaching.

Jackson Finds End Zone

Steven Jackson scored his first touchdown this season as part of a big second half that helped the Rams get their first win.

Jackson by half
1st half 2nd half
Rushes 7 15
Yards 38 111
TD 0 1
1st downs 1 6

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Steven Jackson's 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left lifted the Rams to a 17-10 win Sunday over Detroit.

"As a rookie I said, 'That was an ugly win,' and I got chewed out," Jackson said. "I understand in the National Football League, there's no such thing as an ugly win."

The Rams (1-7) avoided matching their worst start in franchise history and ended talk about joining Detroit as the only teams in NFL history to have 0-16 seasons.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo earned his first victory at any level.

"It's special and I know I'll remember it for a long time," he said.

Fellow rookie head coach, Jim Schwartz, won't be able to forget it.

The Lions (1-6) spent their bye week analyzing their season, searching for ways to fix their many problems.

Fast Facts

• The Rams snapped their 17-game losing streak and managed to score their first rushing touchdown of the season.

• The win also snapped the Rams' nine-game road losing streak.

• Steven Jackson carried the ball 22 times for 149 yards and his 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left sealed the win.

• The Lions have allowed 19 sacks in their last four games.

• Detroit has lost four straight and fallen to 2-29 in their last 31 games.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

They overlooked one tendency and it haunted them on a trick play when St. Louis lined up to kick a long field goal late in the first half.

Holder Donnie Jones took the snap, flipped it to kicker Josh Brown, who threw a short pass to a wide-open Daniel Fells for a 36-yard TD pass that gave the Rams a 10-2 lead.

Brown wasn't surprised how bad the Lions bit on it because they had two players on his left set up to push the pile.

"We had watched tape and they came every single time when they were set up that way," Brown said. "It was ours for the taking."

Schwartz said the Lions were too aggressive, but they knew Brown was within his range.

"We expected them to kick," he said. "If we force a miss, we've got good field position to do something of our own."

Detroit scored its only points on offense early in the fourth quarter when Matthew Stafford had a 4-yard run and 2-point conversion pass to tie the game. The Lions were credited with a safety when James Butler intercepted a pass in the end zone, returned it past the goal line then went back and was tackled.

"Don't ask about that dumb play," Butler said. "I knew it wasn't going to hurt us. I just knew we were going to win because I have faith."

St. Louis hadn't won since beating Dallas on Oct. 19, 2008.

"I haven't forgotten how it feels, it's just been a long time," Jackson said.

Detroit had the league's first 0-16 season last season and St. Louis won just two games in 2008.

The Lions have won just two of their past 31 games dating to the midway point of 2007. The last team to have two victories in a 31-game stretch was the Houston Oilers during the 1982-84 seasons, according to STATS.

Since 2001, the Lions are 32-103 and their .237 winning percentage is the lowest by an NFL team during a nine-season span since World War II.

After Detroit ended its 19-game skid with a Week 3 win over Washington, center Dominic Raiola blew kisses to the crowd at Ford Field.

During the Lions' latest loss, Raiola was screaming back at fans taunting Matthew Stafford.

"I understand their frustration, I've been here 8 1/2 years, and I know what they've been through," Raiola said. "But if you say something to one of my teammates, I'm going to stand up for him. This isn't all on him."

Stafford played after missing two games with an injured right knee and getting an extra week to rest during Detroit's bye. The No. 1 pick in the draft didn't have much to work with, missing standout receiver Calvin Johnson (right knee) and having teammates drop several passes. It took three-plus quarters for a wide receiver to catch a pass and Bryant Johnson's drought-ending reception set up Stafford's game-tying run.

Stafford was 14 of 33 for 168 yards with an interception.

As expected, the lowly teams showed how bad they are with an assortment of mental and physical mistakes.

Jackson, though, ran for a season-high 149 yards on 22 carries and his go-ahead TD was St. Louis' first rushing score of the season.

"It couldn't happen to a better guy," Fells said. "Steven is the rock of this team. We all look up to him."

Game notes

Marc Bulger was 17 of 35 -- getting numerous passes batted down at the line -- for 176 yards and an interception into the arms of defensive end Dewayne White. ... Detroit's Kevin Smith, slowed by a shoulder injury, had 45 yards rushing. ... Rams TE Randy McMicheal (bruised rib), OG Jacob Bell (head) and WR/KR Danny Amendola (head) were injured during the game. ... The crowd of 40,857 was the smallest to a Lions home game in two decades.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2117
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6268
Total Yards362289
Yards per play5.84.3
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-31-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

stlFG4:01Josh Brown 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 5:53
detSF12:17James Butler 0 Yard Interception Return, Tackled In Own End Zone
Drive info: 13 plays, 68 yds, 6:50
stlTD1:03Daniel Fells 36 Yard Pass From Josh Brown (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 2:07
detTD13:58Matthew Stafford 4 Yard Run (Matthew Stafford Pass to Maurice Morris For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 4:55
stlTD1:44Steven Jackson 25 Yard Run (Josh Brown Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yds, 0:48