NFL: Detroit 17, Buffalo 6

Sept. 3, 2009 at 10:06 PM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Free-agent rookie Tristan Davis scored on a 79-yard run in the fourth quarter Thursday to wrap up the Detroit Lions' 17-6 exhibition victory over Buffalo.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, locked in a battle with Daunte Culpepper for the starting position, completed 5-of-9 passes for 81 yards with an interception. Culpepper did not play, having suffered a cut foot in an accident at his home last weekend.

Stafford, the No. 1 choice in this year's draft out of Georgia, finished the exhibition season with 30 completions in 55 attempts for 389 yards and a touchdown. He also threw four interceptions.

The Lions never trailed, scoring on a 1-yard run by Jerome Felton in the first period and a field goal of 32 yards by Billy Cundiff in the fourth. Rian Lindell kicked field goals of 24 and 48 yards for the Bills.

Detroit finished the pre-season with a 3-1 record. The Lions won all four of their exhibition games last year and then lost all 16 regular-season contests. Their overall losing streak of 17 games is two away from the second-longest in NFL history.

The Lions open the season at New Orleans. Buffalo, which wound up 1-4, will begin its campaign at home against Tampa Bay.

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