DETROIT — Matthew Stafford threw two of his three touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay and the Detroit Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 31-26 victory over the slumping Giants on Sunday.
The Lions (3-3-1) took a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, and Stafford’s 41-yard flea flicker to Golladay early in the fourth put them ahead by 12 points.
The Giants (2-6) turned the ball over on downs at the Lions’ 39-yard line with 6 minutes 25 seconds remaining and at their 14-yard line with 3:27 left, but had another chance to come back and win the game.
The Giants rookie Daniel Jones threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, and an extra point pulled them within 5 points late in the game. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, sealing Detroit’s victory.
The Giants have lost four games in a row before the end of October for the second straight season.
Jones had career highs with 28 completions, 41 attempts and four touchdown passes, and fell just short of another mark with 322 yards passing. He fumbled the ball attempting a pass that the former Giants linebacker Devon Kennard recovered and returned 13 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Jones provided a promising performance after throwing one touchdown pass in each of his last four games and seven total interceptions during that span. He threw 22- and 28-yard touchdown passes to the rookie receiver Darius Slayton, who pulled the Giants within a point late in the first half only to have kicker Aldrick Rosas miss his first extra point attempt of the season.
The Giants hurt their chances in the first half with penalties, including a questionable flag for running into the kicker that extended a Lions drive, which ended with Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal to give them a 17-13 lead.
Stafford finished 25 of 32 for 342 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.