PONTIAC, MICH., DEC. 10 -- The Los Angeles Raiders kept their share of first place in the AFC West as Jay Schroeder passed for three touchdowns tonight in a 38-31 comeback victory over the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders (9-4), who overcame a 24-14 second-quarter deficit, needed the victory to keep pace with Kansas City because the Chiefs have swept the season series between the two clubs.
The teams combined for 35 points in the first quarter, second-highest in NFL history. The record was set Nov. 12, 1967, when Green Bay led Cleveland 35-7 after one quarter.
Barry Sanders of Detroit gained 176 yards on 25 carries, becoming the 10th back to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. Bobby Humphrey of Denver became the ninth when he went over 1,000 Sunday. Sanders now has 1,081 yards with three games remaining.
Bo Jackson gained 129 yards on 18 carries for Los Angeles.
The Raiders, trailing 24-21 at halftime, took control with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Schroeder tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Mervyn Fernandez on the Raiders' first possession of the period and found Tim Brown from three yards on the Raiders' next drive for a 35-24 lead with 4:21 left in the quarter.
Rodney Peete scored on a six-yard keeper with 8:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Lions (4-9) within four points. Jeff Jaeger kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Raiders with 1:55 remaining.
The game turned into a track meet on the opening kickoff as Mel Gray went 49 yards to put the Lions at midfield for their first snap.