Detroit fullback James Jones carried 36 times for 114 yards and a touchdown today and Eric Hipple threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns -- one to Jones -- as the Lions upset the Miami Dolphins, 31-21.
The Lions (5-3) are the first team in NFL history to defeat the previous Super Bowl teams on consecutive weekends. Last week, Detroit beat San Francisco, 23-21.
"We're very disappointed in our football team," Miami Coach Don Shula said. "We just did all the things that losers do. We gave the Lions every opportunity and they played a great football game."
Trailing by 10 points entering the third quarter, Miami (5-3) closed to within 24-21 with 3:32 left in the period on Bob Brudzinski's seven-yard return of Hipple's fumble. Hipple was sacked by Mike Charles.
But the Lions scored again at 2:41 of the final quarter on Jones' one-yard run. That score finished a 14-play, 89-yard drive.
Dan Marino (23 of 44 for 247 yards) then moved the Dolphins to the Detroit seven. Marino was sacked back to the 20, however, and Miami lost the ball on downs.
The 36 carries by Jones, who turned in his first NFL 100-yard game against the 49ers, tied the club record for rushes in a game set by Billy Sims.
Hipple threw a six-yard scoring pass to Jones following a Miami turnover and Eddie Murray kicked a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. Hipple threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Leonard Thompson (six catches, 133 yards) and a 30-yard scoring pass to Mark Nichols as the Lions gained a 24-14 halftime lead.
Hipple had his best first half of the year, completing 11 of 14 passes for 162 yards and three scores.