After quarterback Stafford threw his first touchdown pass of the year to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, special-teams mistakes and back-breaking penalties killed Detroit's offensive momentum and put the defense in awful positions. Stafford had a strong fantasy day (29-of-41, 292 yards, four touchdowns) and the beneficiaries were Tate and Golladay - with Golladay becoming an emerging star.
In addition to the two interceptions, the Lions limited the Cardinals offense to 118 yards in the first half, but they got on track in the third quarter, driving 94 yards for a touchdown with their first possession. That capped a 94-yard, 12-play drive. The Lions were in scoring range, so the swing in momentum here was huge. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Arizona in front by two points. He beat Justin Bethel for both scores. Punter Casey Redfern fumbled the snap in the back of his end zone, then had to run it out to the Detroit 13, but he got hit hard and eventually got carted to the locker room.
After forcing yet another punt, Stafford looked to Golladay again, heaving a bomb out of play-action.
Killebrew's 35-yard interception return on a deflected pass moments later gave Detroit a 35-17 lead with 4:03 remaining. His ability to turn small receptions into big gains opens up Detroit's offense.
NOTES: LB Deone Bucannon (ankle) and DT Robert Nkemdiche (calf) were among the inactives for the Cardinals.
Golladay was the Lions' third-round selection in this year's draft.