TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Keep running, the Detroit Lions reasoned, and eventually James Stewart would find a chink in Tampa Bay's armor.
"We know they're a great team defensively, and they're going to stop you a number of times," Stewart said after rushing for 116 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
"But you've got to keep pounding away because there's going to be little seams in there that you can get through ... We just stuck with it and didn't give up on the run."
Stewart scored on runs of 4, 4 and 1 yards, and Jason Hanson kicked two field goals for the Lions, who have won three of four games since losing 31-10 to Tampa Bay at the Silverdome on Sept. 17.
The Bucs haven't won since beating Detroit to improve to 3-0. Their four-game losing streak is Tampa Bay's longest since the team started 0-5 in 1996 -- Tony Dungy's first year as coach.
"I think for the first time in my life, I can't even put into words what this team is feeling right now," Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "But I think we'll be alright. We've been here before."
Tampa Bay led 8-0 when things began to unravel against Detroit, which has won three consecutive games on the road to begin a season for the first time since 1961.
Shaun King threw three interceptions. Mike Alstott lost a fumble. And the special teams wasted a golden opportunity when Nate Webster blocked a punt and Ronde Barber couldn't recover in the end zone for what would have been a first-quarter touchdown.
Instead, Detroit's Ron Rice recovered for a safety, costing the Bucs five points and leaving them with their eight-point lead.
Stewart made it 11-all with a touchdown run and two-point conversion run just before the half, then scored twice in the final 4:28 as the Lions pulled away from a 14-14 tie.
"Some people might say James Stewart got the glory," Stewart said. "But no, it all goes to the offensive line because whatever I do, they've done their work out there on the field."
Martin Gramatica kicked field goals of 27, 43, 50 and 55 yards for Tampa Bay. The Bucs made only seven first downs after a first quarter in which they outgained the Lions 107-28.
King completed 17 of 34 passes for 149 yards. Keyshawn Johnson, who left the game for one play after Corwin Brown broke up a pass with a hit that knocked Johnson's helmet off, had six receptions for 79 yards.
"It's very frustrating in the sense we're a lot better team than our losing four straight games," King said. "I didn't play as well as I'm capable of playing. It hurts knowing it was needed tonight."
Charlie Batch was 13-of-31 for 144 yards and no interceptions. The Bucs sacked him seven times -- boosting their NFL-leading season total to 35 -- but didn't force any turnovers.
The Lions are 5-0 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponents.
"We talked all week about outplaying their defense and we did," said cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who had two interceptions. "Turnovers are our key. When we get turnovers, we win games."
Notes: The Lions defense has gone 33 consecutive games without allowing a touchdown on an opponent's opening drive, the longest active streak in the NFL. ... Warrick Dunn's 34-yard run, setting up Gramatica's second field goal, was his longest in two years for Tampa Bay. ... Detroit's Kurt Schulz, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, sat out the second half with a neck strain. ... Tampa Bay's Marcus Jones had four sacks, a team record for one game.
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