The Detroit Lions dropped to 4-9 and remain winless against NFC North opponents after losing to the Green Bay Packers for the second time this season.
The 27-20 loss means the Lions' losing streak in Wisconsin now stands at 22 games. The streak started when the Packers still played some home games in Milwaukee.
There was a time in this game, however, when that streak appeared to be in jeopardy.
Matthew Stafford led a brilliant opening drive which took a significant chunk of time off the clock. The Lions used a good mix of run and pass plays to make their way into the red zone. Finally, on fourth-and-one from inside Green Bay’s 5-yard line, Stafford snuck in for the touchdown.
Aaron Rodgers responded with a solid drive of his own, but a sack-fumble in the red zone cost the Packers a chance to tie the score. Lawrence Jackson recovered the ball, and with that, Detroit's offense returned to the field.
Newly-added wide receiver Kris Durham made an amazing one-handed catch deep in Packers territory on the drive. From there, Stafford hit Tony Scheffler on a slant route for a touchdown, making it a 14-0 Lions lead early in the second quarter.
It was 14-3 midway through the quarter when the Lions lost their momentum.
On an innocent-looking play, Stafford lost control of the ball as he went to throw and fumbled. Packers defensive end Mike Daniels grabbed the loose ball and 43 yards later found the end zone for the score.
On the ensuing possession, cornerback Sam Shields intercepted Stafford deep in Packers territory, but the Packers failed to turn the turnover into points.
The half ended with the Lions up 14-10.
Early in the second half, Ndamukong Suh was flagged for roughing the passer, which cost the Lions 15 yards. Rodgers took advantage soon after, scoring on a 27-yard run, the longest touchdown run of his career.
With the game tied 17-17, DuJuan Harris ran in from 14 yards out to give the Packers the lead.
Randall Cobb would help put the game out of reach with a 36-yard reception on third-and-11 as the fourth quarter was winding down. That set up a 41-yard field goal attempt for Crosby, which he made.
Jason Hanson added a field goal for Detroit and tried an onside kick with less than 20 seconds remaining, but the Lions failed to recover, and the game ended.
The Packers ran the ball effectively all game, led by Alex Green who had 69 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Grant had his first and only carry of the evening early in the fourth quarter for 13 yards. Harris finished with 31 yards on seven carries.
Rodgers went 14-of-24 for 173 yards passing and no passing touchdowns. That ends Rodgers' streak of 35 home games with a TD pass, which is second to only Dan Marino (39). Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley did a good job disrupting the quarterback.
Stafford went 27-of-45 for 264 yards passing, one touchdown, one interception and a rushing touchdown. Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell each finished with 49 yards rushing, while Bell added another 47 yards receiving.
Calvin Johnson was once again the star for the Lions. "Megatron" finished with 10 receptions for 118 yards, although he failed to find the end zone.
With that said, Johnson is one of the true bright spots for Detroit fans this season. With 1,546 yards already, Johnson has a shot at breaking the record for most receiving yards in a season. Jerry Rice set the record with 1,848 receiving yards in the 1995 season.
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