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Lions win another close one, edge Dolphins 20-16 on Stafford's last-minute TD pass

  • Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81), defended by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21), catches 49-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81), defended by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21), catches 49-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions defensive end Darryl Tapp (52) loses his helmet after deflecting a pass intended for Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions defensive end Darryl Tapp (52) loses his helmet after deflecting a pass intended for Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  (The Associated Press)

Matthew Stafford led Detroit to another thrilling victory in the final minutes, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Lions to a 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an ankle injury, and the Lions (7-2) won their fourth straight game. Their past three victories have been by a combined six points, all with fourth-quarter comebacks.

The Dolphins (5-4) only managed one touchdown — after they blocked a Detroit field goal attempt and returned it deep into Lions territory. Miami's Ryan Tannehill threw for 215 yards, but it was Stafford who made the final big play, snapping a sidearm pass to a sliding Riddick in the back left corner of the end zone.

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