Lions quarterback Jared Goff found running back D'Andre Swift for a short screen pass that he turned into a 63-yard touchdown at 12:07 in the opening quarter. Detroit would take a 7-0 lead on the play, in which Swift broke a tackle and sprinted toward the end zone.
For Detroit, that marked their first touchdown in a first half since Week 2 at Green Bay and was the longest receiving touchdown by a Lions running back since Reggie Bush scored on a 77-yarder against the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.
Then, on the next play, kicker Austin Seibert booted an onside kick that was recovered by the Lions at the Detroit 47.
The Lions' special teams would continue their trickiness, catching the Rams off guard as they lined up as if they would punt on fourth-and-7 from midfield -- but instead ran a fake and completed a pass from punter Jack Fox to cornerback Bobby Price for a first down. Detroit would take a 10-0 lead on the drive after Seibert made a 37-yard field goal with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
Detroit continued its special teams trickery on its first drive of the second half, as the Lions called a second fake punt. This one was a 28-yard run by upback C.J. Moore on fourth-and-8 from the Lions' 35. The drive didn't result in points, as the Rams held the Lions on fourth-and-short to keep a 17-16 lead.