Lions take down Falcons 27-26 in preseason tilt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown, an interception and had some passes dropped in his debut with the Detroit Lions.

Jason Hanson's 47-yard field goal as time expired lifted Detroit to a 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener for both teams.

Stafford, the No. 1 pick of the NFL's first 0-16 team, completed half of his 14 passes for 114 yards, with a 25-yard TD to fellow rookie Derrick Williams and an interception that Tony Gilbert returned for a score. Keary Colbert dropped Stafford's first pass and two more.

Daunte Culpepper started and completed 5 of 6 passes for 41 yards for Detroit.

Atlanta's Michael Turner ran for a 40-yard TD and Matt Ryan was 5-of-7 for 33 yards.

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