The Lions sure didn’t take long to get the upper hand over the Ravens.
Detroit put together a dominant opening drive, going 78 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead on Reggie Bush’s 14-yard touchdown run with 11:03 to go in the first quarter.
Bush ran three times for 16 yards on that possession while Matthew Stafford went 2-for-3 for 40 yards, and did so without passing to Calvin Johnson.
Baltimore started slow on offense, going three and out to punt the ball back to the Lions.
Update: The Ravens’ second drive was far better than their first, as they went 81 yards in 15 plays, keeping the Detroit offense off the field for 6:25.
But the possession ended with three points instead of seven, as Justin Tucker’s 29-yard field goal cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3 just over two minutes into the second quarter. Tucker has now converted 28 straight field goals for the longest active streak in the NFL.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is 5-for-8 for 54 yards while Baltimore has run for 31 yards, led by 15 from Bernard Pierce.
Update II: Tucker extended that streak to field goals in a row with a 24-yard boot, cutting the Lions’ lead to 7-6 with 2:32 remaining in the first half.
That capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive. Two big Detroit penalties fueled the possession - a 15-yard facemask and a 24-yard pass interference that gave the Ravens first and goal.
Flacco has passed for 79 yards with Torrey Smith making three catches for 50 yards. Smith is now up to 1,013 receiving yards on the season, eclipsing 1,000 for the first time in his career.