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Prater’s kick, Bush’s pick give Lions win over Rams

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Prater made a tiebreaking, 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left and Rafael Bush followed with a victory-sealing interception two plays later, giving the Detroit Lions a 31-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

The Lions (3-3) have won two straight games with Prater making the winning kick and a defensive back following up with an interception on the ensuing possession. Last week, Prater’s kick and Darius Slay’s interception gave Detroit a win over previously unbeaten Philadelphia.

The Rams (3-3) have lost two straight.

Case Keenum completed a Rams-record 20 straight passes, but couldn’t connect with Lance Kendricks on the long throw that Bush stepped in front of near midfield. Keenum finished 27 of 32 for 321 yards with three touchdowns — two to Kenny Britt, one to Kendricks — and an interception.

Britt had season highs with seven receptions and 136 yards, 47 of which came on a highlight-reel catch.

Todd Gurley gained 15 yards on his first carry, but finished with just 58 yards on 14 rushes. He did have four receptions for 49 yards.

Detroit’s Matthew Stafford was 23 of 31 for 270 yards, with a season-high four interceptions.

Detroit Lions, Golden Tate
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) avoids Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Detroit.

Golden Tate had eight receptions for a career-high 165 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts also caught TDs for the Lions.


Britt’s best game of the season included quite a catch. Keenum lofted a 47-yard pass over Britt’s left shoulder which the receiver corralled with his right arm. The ball was jarred loose when Britt hit the turf, he squeezed it between his legs, lost it again and pinned the ball against his shoulder pads on a play that stood after review.


Zach Zenner made the most of an opportunity to play with Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington out with injuries. The second-year pro had career highs with 14 carries and 58 yards rushing, and caught two passes for 19 yards.


Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers aggravated his hip injury and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner left with a forearm injury. Detroit defensive end Ezekiel Ansah returned after missing three-plus games with an ankle injury, but he was replaced on the inactive list by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder). Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy (quadriceps, knee) and tight end Eric Ebron (ankle, knee) were also inactive.


The Rams planned to fly to London after the game for the second leg of their road trip with a game against the Giants. The Lions will host Washington in their third straight home game.

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