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PHILADELPHIA -- The Detroit Lions overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 in overtime when Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal on Detroit's first possession of the extra period.

The Lions' defense set up winning kick after the Eagles won the coin flip to start overtime and elected to receive. Quarterback Michael Vick was sacked twice and the Lions (2-3) got the ball back at midfield, then moved close enough for Hanson's fourth field goal of the game.

The Eagles (3-3) had taken a 23-13 lead on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Jeremy Maclin with 5:18 left to play, but the Lions scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Nate Burleson and a 19-yard field goal by Hanson with three seconds left to play.

Stafford also scored on a 1-yard bootleg right before Vick and Maclin hooked up on their 70-yarder that had looked like the decisive play of the game until the Lions' late rally.

The two teams mostly traded field goals through the first three quarters, with Hanson hitting from 34 and 46 yards and the Eagles' Alex Henery from 26, 32 and 49 yards. The Eagles also scored a touchdown on a 2-yard reception by LeSean McCoy.

The Lions (1-4) took an early 3-0 lead after a 48-yard punt return by the Lions' Stefan Logan to the Eagles' 34. The Eagles' defense held the Lions there and Hanson kicked a 46-yarder with 11:08 left in the first quarter.

Another Hanson field goal padded the lead and the Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the first half, when Vick flipped the ball to McCoy on a screen pass and McCoy fought his way into the end zone to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead with 1:16 left until halftime.

Henery added a 32-yarder late in the third period to give the Eagles a 13-6 lead and at first it appeared they had more than that as Vick hit tight end Brent Celek in the end zone for a touchdown. But Celek was penalized for interference and the Eagles' had to settle for Henry's second field goal of the game.

Henery kicked his third field goal of the game on the Eagles' next possession, but they weren't settling this time - Henery booted a 49-yarder to give the Eagles a 16-6 lead with 13:39 left to play.

NOTES: Eagles WR Mardy Gilyard returned punts for the first time this season, replacing rookie WR Damaris Johnson. The Eagles also beefed up their coverage teams by activating WR Riley Cooper for the first time this season as well as LB Casey Matthews. ... Lions DT Corey Williams was deactivated because of a knee injury and second-year man Nick Fairly made his first NFL start in his place. ... Lions had two other changes to starting defense -- Jacob Lacey started at RCB for Bill Bentley and Amari Spievey replaced Erik Coleman at SS. ... Eagles WR Riley Cooper caught his first pass of the season, an 8-yarder that picked up a first down. He missed first five games with broken collarbone.
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