Linebacker Lawrence Taylor intercepted a pass and returned it 97 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown today, giving the New York Giants their first victory this season, a 13-6 defeat of the Detroit Lions in the Silverdome.
Earlier this season Taylor had been burned for a touchdown when a running back went wide and beat him near the goal line.
The same situation arose today. This time Taylor was ready.
He grabbed a pass intended for Horace King at the New York three and ran down the sideline untouched for the game's only touchdown.
"I think Taylor was looking for that play," said Detroit quarterback Gary Danielson, who relieved starter Eric Hipple in the second half and threw three interceptions, two of which were turned into scores. "I have to wait," Danielson said, "and see whether the back goes inside or outside before I throw the ball.
"Taylor forced him (King) to the outside and the ball would have been caught if it wasn't for a white jersey (Taylor's). Green Bay ran the same play for a touchdown (against the Giants)."
Detroit still had an opportunity to tie in the last five minutes but an interception on the four-yard line by cornerback Terry Jackson sent the crowd of 64,348 into a derisive chant of "Strike, Strike, Strike!"
Giants return specialist Leon Bright was hospitalized overnight as a precautionary measure to see if he suffered any lingering effects from having been run into by Detroit's Leonard Thompson. Thompson slammed into Bright before he had a chance to catch a fourth-quarter punt, getting flagged for a 15-yard penalty for interfering with the receiver's right to make the play.