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Posted Oct. 10, 2010 @ 5:19 p.m. ET

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions ended their losing streak in a big way.

Stefan Logan's 105-yard kickoff return broke a tie and sent the Lions to a 44-6 rout of the St. Louis Rams for their first win of the season and ended their 10-game losing streak.

The win Sunday was the Lions' most-lopsided since beating the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars 44-0 in 1995.

Logan's franchise-record tying score helped the Lions (1-4) outscore St. Louis 21-3 in the second quarter, and they didn't let up.

The Rams (2-3) lost standout receiver Mark Clayton with an injured knee in the first quarter and limited rookie Sam Bradford's passing options.

Shaun Hill threw for 227 yards and connected with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson for touchdowns. Hill has started since Matthew Stafford separated his right shoulder in Week 1.

The Lions' last win came against Cleveland on Nov. 11, 2009, when Stafford threw a fifth TD after getting briefly knocked out of the game.

Detroit, which had the NFL's first 0-16 season two years ago, had won just three of its previous 44 games.

The Lions got off to a good start because a risky move backfired for St. Louis, which opened the game with a failed onside kick.

Detroit settled for a field goal and gave up one at the end of the first quarter. Then, Logan caught the ensuing kickoff in the middle of the end zone and raced to the other one for a 10-3 lead.

Johnson made a leaping, twisting catch for a TD midway through the second quarter and Pettigrew scored after Hill found him wide open while standing in the pocket for several seconds.

Johnson left the game in the second half with an injured right shoulder that was wrapped and iced.

Bradford, who was coming off his best game, had one of his worst. He was 23 of 45 for 215 yards with two interceptions, one that was batted into the air and caught by Ndamukong Suh and one to Alphonso Smith, who returned it for the final score.

Bradford was drafted No. 1 overall this year and Suh was selected second.

Steven Jackson did his part for the Rams, running for 114 yards on 25 carries.

Clayton's injury might be serious. He fell to the ground while running a deep pass pattern along the left sideline and stayed down until he was carted off the field. Clayton started the game among NFC leaders in receptions and yards receiving.

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