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DETROIT (AP) &#37413;&#25989;&#29165;odd Gurley&#32893;ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the&#32893;Los Angeles Rams&#32893;overcome a sputtering start to beat the&#32893;Detroit Lions&#32893;30-16 Sunday and clinch the NFC West title for a second straight season.The Rams (11-1) also moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs T.J. Jones Jersey , taking a one-game lead over New Orleans after it lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It is a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month.The Lions (4-8) have lost five of six since a surge of success gave them a winning record in late October.Detroit’s defense held Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in check for three quarters, giving the slumping team a shot to potentially pull off a stunning upset. The Lions, though, failed to make the most of the opportunity because their offense struggled to move the ball and score.Aaron Donald&#32893;helped seal the win by forcing&#32893;Matthew Stafford&#32893;to fumble midway through the fourth quarter. The star defensive tackle had two strip-sacks in his last game on Nov. 19, a 54-51 win over Kansas City.Linebacker&#32893;Samson Ebukam&#32893;recovered Stafford’s fumble at the Detroit 24 and Gurley scored on a 13-yard run three snaps later, giving the Rams a 23-13 lead.Jared Goff, perhaps rusty coming off a bye week, was off the mark on many passes and lost a fumble to help keep the game close. His lackluster performance led to Los Angeles settling for&#32893;Greg Zuerlein&#32893;kicking three field goals. Goff was 17 of 33 for 207 yards with a tie-breaking 8-yard touchdown pass to&#32893;Robert Woods&#32893;late in the second quarter. Goff also threw an interception on an overthrown pass in the second quarter and lost a fumble in the third period.The Rams were able to lean on Gurley, who has a single-season franchise record with 15 rushing touchdowns. The standout running back also caught three passes for 33 yards.Stafford was 20 of 33 yards for 245 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tackle&#32893;Taylor Decker, who faked the Rams out by blocking for a moment before releasing into the flat, where he was wide open. Decker’s touchdown pulled Detroit within three points late in the third quarter.The Lions had a chance to cut the deficit to three again late in the game, but&#32893;Kenny Golladay&#32893;couldn’t get both feet in the end zone on a pass from Stafford. They had settle for&#32893;Matt Prater‘s&#32893;third field goal.Gurley converted a third down on the ensuing drive and after breaking free, he chose not to score to run more time off the clock and force Detroit to take timeouts. It proved a good move because Gurley ran for a 2-yard score with 1:54 left.The Lions’ final drive that ended with&#32893;Troy Hill&#32893;intercepting a pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left.INJURY REPORTRams: RB Malcom Brown left with a shoulder injury. CB&#32893;Aqib Talib&#32893;played for the first time since going down with an ankle injury in Week 3.Lions: LB Devon Kennard went out with a hip injury.UP NEXTRams: Play at Chicago on Sunday night.Lions: Play at Arizona on Sunday. Our observations from Thursday’s practice." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePride Of Detroita Detroit Lions communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryLionsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsFiled under:Detroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions OTA Day 5 observations: Jahlani Tavai gets some time with the first teamNew Kerry Hyder Jersey ,21commentsOur observations from Thursday’s practice.EDTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Lions OTA Day 5 observations: Jahlani Tavai gets some time with the first teamStephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Lions took the practice field on Thursday, hoping to get an opportunity to work on ball security on a rainy day.“As far as today with practice, we’re going to try to go outside,” head coach Matt Patricia said before the team broke for practice. “I know it’s raining out – I haven’t really seen it yet. We do have new fields out there, so I don’t really feel like tearing them up. But they’ve actually done a great job of holding up with the rain. Good opportunity for us to work on some ball-handling, some things in the wet weather that you never know when they’re going to come up, so you take advantage of those opportunities when you can.”Well, unfortunately (fortunately?) for Patricia and the Lions, the sun immediately came out as the team took the field for a beautiful two-hour stretch of football activities. Here are our observations from Day 5 of OTAs:Jahlani Tavai getting some first-team workIn “base” formations, it was still Devon Kennard, Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones working with the first team, but in positional drills and certain subpackages, we saw—for the first time publicly—Davis and second-round rookie Tavai working alongside each other. For the most part Zach Zenner Jersey , it was still Davis patrolling the middle with Tavai on the outside, but Tavai was getting work all over the place, including his normal spot as the middle linebacker for the second team. Frank Ragnow stays at centerThe offensive line remained the same as last week. From left to right: Taylor Decker, Kenny Wiggins, Frank Ragnow, Graham Glasgow, Rick Wagner. The second team was also the same: Tyrell Crosby, Joe Dahl, Leo Koloamatangi, Oday Aboushi and Andrew Donnal. With Ragnow now taking part at center in at least three of five practices, it certainly looks like this positional switch is more than just a test of versatility. At this point, Ragnow is the favorite to start at center this year.Another minor note on the offensive line: Kenny Wiggins spent some time with the twos as a replacement for Joe Dahl. Dahl, on those limited reps Quandre Diggs Jersey , spent time as a fullback, since Nick Bawden remained with trainers on Thursday. Tom Savage looks sharpAs we head towards mandatory minicamp next week and training camp in late July, it looks like Savage has a firm grasp on the backup position over Connor Cook. Savage drew some audible gasps from media members with some serious displays of arm strength Thursday. In a goal-line drill, Savage’s arm cannon was really on display. He fit several balls into small windows, which allowed the offense to beat the defense and had defenders doing pushups at the end of the drill. You can see one rep of that drill at the 16 second mark here: His deep ball accuracy remains an issue, especially on the run, but he impressed today more than any backup in recent memory.Participation I’m going to split this into three categories: Completely absent (not on the field), mostly with trainers (in attendance, but not working with position groups), very limited (with position groups, but not going through most drills).Completely absent: Darius Slay, Damon Harrison Sr., Tommylee LewisMostly with trainers: Marvin Jones Jr. Theo Riddick Jersey , Kenny Golladay, Nick Bawden, Steve Longa, Isaac Nauta, David JonesVery limited: Trey Flowers, Austin Bryant, Justin ColemanIt was a step in the right direction for Flowers and Bryant, who spent most of their time with trainers last week. Note: ESPN’s Michael Rothstein is reporting that Matt Prater was also absent. I can’t confirm nor deny that as I spent no time watching special teams. No standouts at wideoutOne of my positions to watch was wide receiver. With Jones and Golladay still sidelined, I was hoping that someone would differentiate themselves from the pack. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. I noted Andy Jones with a drop, Travis Fulgham with a drop, Deontez Alexander with two, and no significant plays from anyone else in the wide receiver corps.The best catch of the day came from Danny Amendola, who made a twisting grab over the middle of the field. For a good portion of practice (five minutes or so) Tavon Wilson Jersey , Matthew Stafford was working exclusively with Amendola in the middle of the field, while the backups worked with the rest of the wide receiver corps. Random observationsTeez Tabor, again, made the defensive play of the day. He had an excellent pass breakup on Amendola on a comeback route. Barely a step behind, Tabor showed some rare closing speed that allowed him to get the PBU.A’Shawn Robinson got into a very minor scuffle with Oday Aboushi. A little rare to see before the pads came on, but no blows were thrown. Logan Thomas appears to be the early favorite to win the TE3 job. He was getting a lot of reps with the first and second team on Thursday.Like last week, Da’Shawn Hand was the last guy off the field, as he helped mentor two undrafted rookie defensive tackles on their technique: Ray Smith and Kevin Strong Additionally, the entire linebacking crew stayed on the field after sprints. The meeting appeared to be led by Jarrad Davis among others. Also included in that group was Eric Lee and Austin Bryant:
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