Marinelli earns first win as coach

Lions 20 Bills 17

Nfl Week 6

October 16, 2006

DETROIT -- Roy Williams and Kevin Jones ended Rod Marinelli's long wait for a win.

Williams had 10 receptions for 161 yards - both career highs - and scored a touchdown while Jones ran for a season-high 127 yards and a touchdown to lead the Detroit Lions to a 20-17 win over the Buffalo Bills yesterday.

"I'm glad we got this because the coaching staff has really been under the microscope and they don't deserve that," Jones said.

Instead of the late mistakes that have cost the Lions (1-5) in four of five opening losses, they made clutch plays on both sides of the ball to give Marinelli victory No. 1 as an NFL head coach. Marinelli had to bide his time for more than three decades to be a head coach at any level, and the Lions made him wait just a little longer for his first victory.

When the former Tampa Bay defensive line coach saw the final seconds tick off the clock, he smiled and walked across the field to shake Dick Jauron's hand, the Buffalo (2-4) coach, who ended last season as the interim coach in Detroit.

"It's been a long time coming for him, but it's the first of many," Williams said.

Marinelli wouldn't even acknowledge that he enjoyed the moment for a fleeting second.

"It's the process," he said - repeatedly.

Buffalo 0 10 0 7-17

Detroit 10 7 0 3-20

First quarter Det-FG Hanson 43, 7:05. Det-Jones 7 run (Hanson kick), 3:23.

Second quarter Buf-Parris 44 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 14:11. Det-R.Williams 28 pass from Kitna (Hanson kick), :40. Buf-FG Lindell 53, :00.

Fourth quarter Det-FG Hanson 29, 14:10. Buf-Neufeld 4 pass from Losman (Lindell kick), 9:23. A-60,704.

Buf Det

First downs 16 21

Total Net Yards 242 394

Rushes-yards 21-85 27-132

Passing 157 262

Punt Returns 4-35 1-16

Kickoff Returns 5-152 3-55

Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-7

Comp-Att-Int 21-34-1 24-36-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 5-50 3-16

Punts 7-41.3 5-44.2

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0

Penalties-Yards 2-20 6-40

Time of Possession 28:19 31:41 Rushing-Buffalo, McGahee 17-66, Losman 3-16, Thomas 1-3. Detroit, Jones 23-127, Calhoun 2-5, Kitna 2-0. Passing-Buffalo, Losman 21-34-1-204. Detroit, Kitna 24-36-1-278. Receiving-Buffalo, Evans 8-82, Price 4-27, Reed 3-24, Parrish 2-48, McGahee 2-14, Royal 1-8, Neufeld 1-4. Detroit, R.Williams 10-161, Jones 6-36, Furrey 3-39, Hakim 3-14, Pollard 1-22, Schlesinger 1-6. Missed field goal-Detroit, Hanson 56 (SH).

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