Line-Tampa Bay -2
*Lions lead all-time series 28-25
*-Tampa Bay has won 5 out of the last 7 meetings since 2001 with the Lions winning last year
*Detroit and Tampa Bay were both residents of the NFC Central from 1977-2001, before the current four-division format was instituted.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Matthew Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns Sunday to help the Detroit Lions beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20 for their fifth consecutive victory dating to the final month of the 2010 season.
Stafford completed 24 of 33 passes, including TD throws of 36 and 1 yards to Calvin Johnson and 11 yards to Tony Scheffler. The only interception he threw glanced off the hands of intended receiver Will Heller and was returned 28 yards by Aqib Talib for the only touchdown Tampa Bay managed until Josh Freeman threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Mike Williams with less than two minutes to go.
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