The Titans had their chances to win in regulation. Verner picked off a Hill pass that was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer penalty on linebacker Akeem Ayers before Hill found Calvin Johnson for a 3-yard TD on the next play. The Lions then recovered an onside kick.
Hill threw a short pass to the sideline to Nate Burleson, who took at least a step before losing the ball when hit by Titans cornerback Jason McCourty. An official threw down his bean bag, indicating a change of possession. Verner picked up the ball and started to run to the end zone before another official ran up and called it incomplete.
Because it was in the final 2 minutes, a review is left up to the officials and coaches cannot challenge. No replay review was done, but the Titans’ defense finally made sure those miscues didn’t hurt them.
‘‘It’s definitely one that I'll never forget for my first win,’’ Locker said.
Notes: Stafford left after pulling up limping on Verner’s TD return with what the Lions called a strain muscle. Stafford threw for 278 yards and a TD, and he said he’s not fast enough to pull anything. Hill threw for 172 yards in his relief duty. ... Leshoure ran for 100 yards in his NFL debut. The Lions running back missed his rookie season with an Achilles’ tendon injury and was suspended for the first two games of this season. ... The Titans also scored two TDs on punt return and or kickoff return for the first time in the same game.
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