Lions rookie Matthew Stafford was able to return to the game because the Browns called a timeout after he hurt his left shoulder on what would have been the last play. Detroit was given an untimed play because of a pass interference call in the end zone when Stafford heaved a desperation attempt.
Stafford was hit after his throw to the end zone and replaced by Daunte Culpepper. He came back to throw his fifth touchdown pass from 1 yard to Brandon Pettigrew for the 38-37 win.
Coach Jim Schwartz said X-rays showed Stafford’s collarbone wasn’t broken, but added more tests are needed.