COIN TOSS: Wesley Woodyard, Brian Dawkins, Russ Hochstein, Kyle Orton, Mario Haggan and Jabar Gaffney stepped to midfield as captains for the coin toss. Detroit calls heads — and it is heads. The Lions elect to receive, so Matt Prater is out for the kickoff to get the game underway.
14:56: David Bruton gets the game started with a tackle of Tim Toone at the 20-yard line, where the Lions will start their drive. The first play of the game is a short pass to Jahvid Best, followed a run by Best. On third-and-4, Matthew Stafford is in the shotgun formation. The quarterback drops back and tries to find Calvin Johnson, but the pass falls incomplete. There is a flag on the play, however — rather, a hat thrown by the ref. As it turns out, there were two fouls on the play — an illegal formation on the Lions and pass interference on the Broncos. The penalties offset and it’s third down again.
13:37: On the following play, Stafford drops back and finds Nate Burleson for the first down. The next play brings a run by Best, and the back picks up a big chunk of yards, plus 15 — Brian Dawkins is called for a facemask. The next play is another first down pass from Stafford to the Denver 12-yard line.
10:45: After an incompletion, the Lions face a third-and-7 from the Denver 9-yard line. Stafford sets up in the shotgun and fires a pass toward Johnson in the back corner of the end zone, but Andre’ Goodman is right there in coverage and the pass falls incomplete. Kicker Steven Hauschka is out to attempt a short field goal — and he knocks home the 28-yarder to give the Lions the lead.
LIONS 3, BRONCOS 0