WATCH: Lions' Ameer Abdullah nearly scores on 104-yard kick return
After going into the halftime break tied with the division-leading Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Detroit Lions got a big lift when rookie running back Ameer Abdullah returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards.
Packers defensive back Micah Hyde barely brought down Abdullah from behind, saving the touchdown. According to ESPN, it tied for the longest non-scoring play in NFL history. However, the Lions scored three plays later, when quarterback Matthew Stafford found tight end Brandon Pettigrew open in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown.
The Lions, who entered the game with only one win, took a 9-3 lead on Pettigrew's touchdown, set up by Abdullah's return. Although Detroit has struggled to create big plays this season, the second-round pick from Nebraska serves as a reminder that this team still has some playmakers in place for the future.