NFL: Detroit 27, St. Louis 23

Sept. 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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DETROIT, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Matthew Stafford found Kevin Smith on a five-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds to play Sunday, boosting the Detroit Lions to a 27-23 win over St. Louis.

Stafford overcame a generally poor game in which he was intercepted three times to pull out the late win at home in the season opener for Detroit (1-0), leading the Lions to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Smith compiled 62 rushing yards with a score and made four receptions for 29 yards and the winning TD for the Lions.

The Rams (0-1) were led by Sam Bradford's 17-for-25 passing performance for 198 yards and a score.

Brandon Gibson paced the St. Louis receiving corps with four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.

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