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NFL: Detroit 28, Oakland 27

Dec. 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Calvin Johnson hauled down his second TD pass of the game with 39 seconds left Sunday and the Detroit Lions rallied past Oakland 28-27.

Johnson's 6-yard scoring grab was one of two fourth-quarter scoring strikes from Matthew Stafford that erased a 24-17 deficit and handed the Lions (9-5) their second straight win.

The victory enabled them to keep pace in the NFC playoff race.

Johnson finished with a career-high 214 yards on nine grabs.

Stafford (29-of-52, 391 yards, four touchdowns) began the comeback with a 3-yard TD pass to Titus Young with 5 minutes to play.

Detroit later went 98 yards on the decisive final drive, highlighted by Johnson's 48-yard reception.

Sebastian Janikowski tried a 65-yard field goal as time expired for Oakland (7-7), but it was blocked.

With the loss, the Raiders stayed one game behind Denver in the AFC West.

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