NFC North: Lions Grab Control Of Division

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Oct 26, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (5) celebrates with Travis Swanson (64), Sam Martin (6) and Kellen Davis (89) and Riley Reiff (71) after kicking a 48-yard field goal with no time remaining against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. The Lions defeated the Falcons 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFC North Standings

Lions 6-2

Packers 5-3

Bears 3-5

Vikings 3-5


The Lions reeled off an incredible 22 unanswered points in the second half on Sunday to defeat the Falcons at Wembley Stadium in London.  Matthew Stafford finished the day with 325 passing yards and two touchdowns, most of which went Golden Tate’s way, who racked up seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.  Tate has provided a tremendous boost to a Lions offense that is still without injured star Calvin Johnson and starting running back Reggie Bush.  Detroit has utilized a steady combination of solid defense and a home run-hitting passing game to help take control of the NFC North with a 6-2 record.  They’ll get a much-needed break during the upcoming bye week to get Johnson and Bush healthy, along with defensive tackle Nick Fairley who may miss nearly a month due to a right knee injury.