As I watched the Detroit Lions defeat the St. Louis Rams 27-23 I was all prepared to declare Cortland Finnegan the hero in a Rams win and Matthew Stafford as the goat having thrown three first half interceptions. All that changed with :10 left in the game.
While Finnegan should still be considered a hero, leading St. Louis in tackles, seemingly always around the ball, and an interception return for a touchdown.
But in the end it was Matthew Stafford that overcame three first half interceptions and several dropped passes to lead Detroit on a game winning drive that started with 1:55 left and only one timeout and ended with a winning pass to Kevin Smith with just :10 remaining.
Stafford finished the day 32 of 48 for 355 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. It was the way he overcame the mistakes and drops that made him the hero in the end.
The zero is Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar who completely blew the coverage on the game winning score. Up to that point he had played a decent game recording 6 tackles, two for loss, a pass defensed, and an interception.
It could have went to any number of players that let the Lions move so quickly at the end of the game or even whoever was calling the defensive plays. But on the scoring play the defense appeared to be called correctly, it was Dunbar that broke down and left Smith wide open to walk in for the winning score.
In the end the Rams played harder for the entire game then almost any other game a season ago and the Lions overcame the turnovers to win the game. A great game to watch.