Packers vs. Lions: Slow Start Once Again Dooms Lions, Kills Playoff Chances

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18:  Quarterback Matthew Stafford #12 of the Detroit throws under pressur by Brad Jones #59 of the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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There are games left, but aside from the chance to play spoiler, it's unlikely they will make a huge difference.

So it's safe to say that the Detroit Lions' season ended, and it ended in fitting fashion, with yet another slow start to a game which ended up dooming the team to yet another loss.

Yes, the Lions led at one point, but when the Packers offense was sputtering and the Lions defense was playing very well, Detroit's offense couldn't put anything together. 

For the majority of the first two quarters, the offense was once again unable to do much of anything. It's all well and good that Calvin Johnson is scoring touchdowns, but it doesn't matter when nobody else does.

Johnson's production aside (his third straight 100-yard game, second straight with a touchdown), nobody else in the offense stepped up all game, forget the first half.

Titus Young and Ryan Broyles accounted for three receptions, while Brandon Pettigrew had four catches but just 22 yards.

Mike Leshoure did have a nice yards total and a touchdown, but aside from him it was Johnson or nothing.

Here's the shocking thing: Tony Scheffler was thrown to 10 times, but only caught two passes. That's stunning. I don't know which is more surprising, the amount of targets or the sheer number of missed catches. Or that Stafford kept going back to him.

Stafford finally threw the ball to someone else, and that guy can't catch the ball. It's a shame because it wasted a pretty solid outing for the Lions defense. The banged up secondary kept all the Packers receivers under 100 yards and picking Rodgers off.

It also wasted Nick Fairley's two sacks and forced fumble. The defense folded near the end, but you can chalk that up to being gassed from being on the field too long as much as anything else.

One of these days the Lions offense will get out the gate quickly and be able to take advantage of the good first-half play of the defense.

That day was not Sunday, though.


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