Thursday Night Football: Packers vs. Lions
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions met for the second time this year on Thursday night as the Packers looked for redemption after losing to the Lions 18-16 in Week 9’s matchup. The Packers had lost four of their last five games, while the Lions had won three straight as they lost their chances to make it four, and to sweep the season series for the first time since 1991. The Packers offense had a slow start to the game, being held scoreless for the first time in the first half, after holding the longest streak at 56 consecutive games. The Packers were able to turn it around and erase a 20-point deficit and rally back to beat shock the Lions and beat them as time expired 27-23.
The Lions offense struck first, as Matt Prater kicked a 51-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead. The Lions offense was not done, as they ended the first quarter strong, scoring 14 points in under two minutes. Stafford completed a TD pass to tight end Eric Ebron for three yards, and then in under a minute after an interception by the Lion’s defense, Stafford connected with receiver Calvin Johnson for 17-yards, to take a 17-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Packers, who hold the longest streak in the league scoring in the first half, with 56 consecutive games had that streak snapped on Thursday Night against the Lions. The Packer’s offense has now been held 60 minutes without a score, there’s longest drought since 2006. The Packers had plenty of tries at it, and was even able to get the ball back with 2:16 remaining in the second quarter forcing their 3rd straight 3 and after sacking Lion’s Quarterback Matthew Stafford. The offense flopped once again, failing to get a first down.
It was a defensive battle as both defenses stepped up and contained one another’s offense. As both offenses put up zero’s in the second quarter..
The Lions offense started the half strong, putting together a good drive, that ended in their second field goal by Kicker, Matt Prater as The Lions took a commanding 20-0 lead.
The Packers offense finally broke through, and started a mixed combination of running and passing the ball as they were moving the chains. In the red zone, with 5:44 left, Rodgers handed the ball to James Starks for a run. Starks was stripped and fumbled the ball, but luckily was recovered by Packers’ wide receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb recovered the ball in the end zone after pouncing on the ball for a Packers’ touchdown, for their first score of the game. As the Packers trailed led 20-7.
Julius Peppers got around the edge and was able to hit Stafford to force the fumble and get the ball back to the Packers’ offense. Rodgers continued to throw the ball, and connect with his receivers, as he and Davante Adams connected for an 8-yard touchdown pass to cut into the lead. 14-20.
On 4th & two in the 4th quarter and the Lions went for it, rather than going for the long field goal. Stafford completed a pass to Tate to get the first down, and put their offense in field goal range. Stafford then ran for 9 yards on the next set a downs to once again move the chains. The Packers defense stood strong from there, as the Lions had to settle for a field goal to extend their lead to 9, leading 23-14.
As the Packers entered the red zone, and just being called for a first start, Aaron Rodgers took it into his own hands to make sure the Packers were going to cut into this lead as he kept the ball and ran for 17 yards for the TD. The score made it Rodgers’ 21st career rushing.
The Lions punted the ball, and the Packers were able to get the ball back with 0:23 remaining, with zero time-outs, having to go down the field 41 yards to get in field goal range. The Lions defense played Rodgers and the offense well, as they were able to stop Rodgers on a last second lateral heave before #98 Taylor being called on a facemask penalty, to give the Packers offense one last chance to win the game. With no time remaining, Aaron Rodgers heaves the ball as hard as he can to the crowded end zone as tight end, Richard Rodgers boxed out everyone, and with no one in front of him was able to bring down the ball to score a last second 61-yard touchdown to beat and stun the Lions 27-23.
Final: Green Bay Packers (8-4) 27, Detroit Lions (4-8) 21
Matthew Stafford: 23-35, 220 YDS, 2 TD
Golden Tate: 8 REC, 63 YDS
Calvin Johnson Jr: 3 REC, 44 YDS, 1 TD
Aaron Rodgers: 24-36, 273 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Richard Rodgers: 8 REC, 146 YDS, 1 TD
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