Packers Fight Off Lions


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Aaron Rodgers did not throw a touchdown in a home game for the first time in 36 games, but he seems to care more about winning against the Lions at home instead. The Green Bay Packers held off the Detroit Lions Sunday night, 27-20 in a game filled with snow, turnovers, and not a whole lot of passing offense. Rodgers did not throw for a touchdown, but ran one in from 27 yards out, and DuJuan Harris added a 14 yard touchdown to give the Packers a late lead which they held on to for the win. Matt Stafford played well for most of the game, but his blunder ultimately turned the tide and sparked a Packers victory.

Detroit had all of the momentum early in the game. Having driven down the field in the first quarter, the Lions reached fourth down on the Green Bay 4 yard line, Matt Stafford faked a handoff and rolled left for the touchdown to cap off an impressive opening drive that silenced the crowd at Lambeau Field. After a Rodgers fumble killed a promising Packers drive, Detroit marched down the field again, highlighted by an amazing one handed grab by Kris Durham, who dove to make the catch down to the 6 yard line. Stafford then connected with Tony Scheffler for the touchdown, and quickly it was 14-0 Lions. Green Bay answered with a field goal, before Stafford turned the game around with one of the more humorous fumbles in a long time. Stafford was in a shotgun position, and took the snap to drop back to pass. He looked to his left for a wide receiver screen, but the ball slipped out of his hands. Stafford then tried to fall on it, but inadvertently knocked it forward to Green Bay lineman Mike Daniels who scooped it and rumbled for a 43 yard touchdown capped off with his own Lambeau Leap. That play turned the momentum, as neither team would score for the rest of the half. The second half was dominated by Green Bay, and Rodgers eluded the rush on 3rd and 4 to scamper for a 27 yard touchdown to put the Packers on top, 17-14. After Jason Hanson tied it with a field goal, the Packers used their running attack to control the ball and move down the field. That drive was capped off by Harris’s touchdown, and a field goal by Mason Crosby later put Green Bay up 10, a lead they would not relinquish.

Green Bay found a way to win a tightly contested game once again, as they are rolling in the second half of the season. Their only loss in their last 8 games was the Sunday night game against the Giants, which the Packers have moved past and are now in control of their own NFC North destiny. While Rodgers did not throw a touchdown pass, he ran for one and did enough in the air to keep Packers drives alive. Detroit will be kicking themselves for their unforced errors, as they now find themselves at 4-9 and in last place of the division. Next up for the Packers is a road trip to Chicago, which will be anxious to try to take back a share of the NFC North division lead.

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