The Lions drove down to the 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter and on fourth down faked a field goal with holder Sam Martin taking the snap, taking it three yards before he was hit by Steve McLendon, who forced a fumble. Ryan Clark recovered and the Steelers took over at the three-yard line.
Working from deep in their own territory, Ben Roethlisberger got them some breathing room when he hit Antonio Brown for a 16-yard reception. Heath Miller pulled in a nine-yard reception to 29-yard line and Le’Veon Bell got the first down on a six-yard carry. Roethlisberger went back to Miller over the middle for a 21-yard gain. Bell was stopped for a two-yard loss, and on second down Rashean Mathis broke-up Roethlisberger’s pass. Roethlisberger scrambled down the right sideline on third down for 10 yards, coming up two yards short of the first down at the Lions 36-yard line. Roethlisberger hit Bell for a three-yard gain and the first down, keeping the drive alive. Roethlisberger hit Jonathan Dwyer for a 13-yard gain and then went to Jerricho Cotchery for a 19-yard gain to the one-yard line. A pass interference call gave the Steelers a new set of downs. Dwyer was stopped for no gain. On second down Roethlisberger hit Will Johnson for the one-yard touchdown and 30-27 lead.
The defense came up huge, with Will Allen intercepting Matt Stafford’s pass and returning it 27-yards to the Lions 34-yard line.
The Steelers offense took advantage with Roethlisberger hitting Cotchery for a 20-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 37-27.
The defense was able to hold off the Lions late to secure the win.
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