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The best and worst of Week 8 in the NFL

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013 9:21 p.m. MDT

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With 1:02 left in the game, Dallas kicker Dan Bailey drilled a 44-yard field goal to extend the Cowboys' lead over the Detroit Lions to 30-24. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford took the field with no timeouts and 80 yards to go.

Four passes and 79 yards later, Stafford found himself hurrying his team to the line of scrimmage at the one-yard line with 12 seconds remaining on the clock. He motioned and yelled at every player on his team that he was going to spike the ball.

That was when Stafford did something that not even his team saw coming. Instead of spiking the ball, Stafford leaped over his offensive line and stretched the ball toward the end zone. The late-responding defense reacted by trying to shove Stafford back. Stafford landed on his feet, and then proceeded to run into the end zone, finishing off the drive and the comeback.

Stafford passed for 488 yards and a touchdown in the 31-30 win. Calvin Johnson set an NFL regulation record with 329 yards receiving, including a touchdown.

When reflecting on the final touchdown run by Stafford, not even the offense knew what he was about to do.

"I was just as fooled as the defense was," offensive guard Larry Warford told ESPN.

According to Stafford, the plan was originally to spike the ball, until he saw the way the defense set up.

"I was yelling that I was going to spike the ball," He said. "But their linebackers were just standing there."

With the win, the Lions now sit at 5-3, one game behind the Green Bay Packers for the division lead.
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