Although Johnson did have six receptions for 68 yards, he also fumbled the ball twice and left the game late in the third quarter due to a wrist injury.
But instead of capitalizing on the mistake, the Lions did the opposite.
Jones had a very productive first year with Matthew Stafford, catching 55 passes for 930 yards and scoring four touchdowns.
The throw had been intended for Golden Tate, but the receiver was knocked off his route by a nasty jam by linebacker Josh Bynes, resulting in the easy turnover.
Punter Kasey Redfern bobbled the snap in his end zone, then got tackled shy of a first down at the 13-yard line.More news: Odell Beckham Jr. likely out for Giants' season opener in Dallas
Redfern suffered a knee injury scrambling on the play, which forced kicker Matt Prater to handle punting duties the final three quarters and Jake Rudock to handle holding duties on kicks.
Fantasy fallout: Ameer Abdullah was a fantasy non-factor with 30 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards.
The Cards tacked on a 24-yard Phil Dawson field goal after a special teams gaffe by the Lions.
In addition to the two interceptions, the Lions limited the Cardinals offense to 118 yards in the first half, but they got on track in the third quarter, driving 94 yards for a touchdown with their first possession.More news: "Coming back to Paris was key" claims Mbappe at PSG unveiling
Rookie LB Jarrad Davis was fast and physical through the preseason picking up a roster spot and could possibly help the Lions with their declining defensive power. If the offense can find rhythm and the defense continues its strong play, the Lions might have a chance to be pretty good this year. Defensive backs Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew all came away with picks.
Detroit took a 21-17 lead with 9:27 remaining.
After forcing yet another punt, Stafford looked to Golladay again, heaving a bomb out of play-action.
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