Lions’ Murray Give Eagles a Kick, 13-11

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

With Eddie Murray, the Detroit Lions knew they had a shot.

Murray kicked a 41-yard field goal with 12 seconds left Sunday to lift the Lions to a 13-11 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

“When I saw we got the ball back, I thought, ‘We’ve got a big chance, especially with the kind of kicker we’ve got,’ ” Lion quarterback Joe Ferguson said.

“He’s a pressure kicker. That’s why we were running off tackle to set up the field goal.”


Murray’s second field goal of the game came after Eagle quarterback Randall Cunningham fumbled and Michael Cofer recovered at the Eagle 37 with 1:44 to go.

The Lions (4-7) moved the ball to the 23 in five plays to set up Murray’s kick, which snapped Detroit’s four-game losing streak.

Murray earlier kicked a 38-yard field goal for the Lions, who also scored on a 72-yard pass play from Ferguson to Jeff Chadwick.

“I don’t worry about the distance,” said Murray, who has made 10 of 16 field-goal tries this season. “I’m normally comfortable from 53 yards in, depending on the wind and conditions. If everything else is perfect, the kick should be good.”

Paul McFadden kicked field goals of 33, 28 and 25 yards for the Eagles (3-8), who also got a safety when Greg Brown sacked Ferguson in the end zone.

McFadden’s 25-yard field goal gave the Eagles an 11-10 lead with 2:15 to play following a 43-yard run by rookie Anthony Toney.

Detroit’s Pete Mandley returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Philadelphia 46, but the Eagles appeared to have the game in hand when rookie linebacker Seth Joyner intercepted Ferguson’s pass on the first play.

But on the Eagles’ second play, Demetrious Johnson stripped the ball from Cunningham and it was recovered by Cofer.