Detroit Lions shock Arizona Cardinals with 30-12 win at home

Fifteen weeks into the season, Dan Campbell’s vision for the Detroit Lions finally came to life.

The Lions played their most complete game of the season Sunday, controlling play with a demoralizing rushing attack and flustering one of the NFL’s best offenses with a relentless pass rush to shock the Arizona Cardinals, 30-12, at Ford Field.

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“Today was really the first day we really seen what our brand of football is,” Lions fullback Jason Cabinda said. “Smash-mouth, run the ball (to) open up the pass, defense just balling. So it was awesome to see.”

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Ford Field in Detroit.

Practice squad running back Craig Reynolds, playing in place of D’Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (COVID), ran for 112 yards in his first career start and Jared Goff threw three touchdown passes in arguably his best game of the season as the short-handed Lions won for the second time in three weeks.

The Lions opened Sunday with a tone-setting 15-play, 63-yard drive that chewed 8 minutes, 50 seconds off the clock, and never trailed against a Cardinals team that could have clinched a playoff spot with a win.