Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers had one touchdown pass and
Mason Crosby connected on five field goals as the Green Bay Packers took a
22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Rodgers went 20-for-30 for 274 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown strike to
James Jones for the Packers (2-2), who were coming off their bye week after
dropping a game to Cincinnati.
Jones finished the game with four catches for 127 yards, while Eddie Lacy had
23 carries for 99 yards for Green Bay, which ran its winning streak at home
against the Lions to 23 straight games.
Matthew Stafford was 25-for-40 for 262 yards and a touchdown for the Lions
(3-2), who were coming off wins against Washington and Chicago.
The Detroit offense sputtered much of the day thanks in large part to wide
receiver Calvin Johnson sitting out the game with a knee injury. He had been
listed as questionable on the team's injury report after sitting out practice
both Wednesday and Thursday before participating in Friday's session on a
Detroit's first drive stalled near midfield and a punt saw Green Bay get the
ball back at its own 20.
Over the course of the 15-play drive, the Packers converted three third downs,
one on a penalty and the other two with receptions. The team eventually had a
1st-and-goal at the 4, but was unable to punch it in and Crosby's 26-yard
field goal made it a 3-0 game.
Following a three-and-out from Detroit, Green Bay started a drive at its own
30 and ran 12 plays over the next four minutes.
Included in the drive was a fourth down conversion that saw Rodgers' pass fall
incomplete, but a holding call on Detroit moved the chains. The team made it
a 6-0 game on Crosby's season-high 52-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the
After each team punted, the Lions had the ball at their own 11 with 3:47 to
play in the opening half. After converting one third down, the team faced a
3rd-and-10, but Stafford turned it with a 22-yard catch by Ryan Broyles.
Another third down saw Brandon Pettigrew catch a short pass and turn it into a
25-yard gain. David Akers capped the march with a 53-yard field goal, a
season-high, for a 6-3 Lions deficit right before the break.
Green Bay's second touch of the second half saw the team get a 67-yard run
from Randall Cobb on the first play. That set up a 31-yard field goal from
Crosby for a 9-3 lead with 5:04 to play in the third.
Following another three-and-out from Detroit, Green Bay essentially put the
game away as Rodgers went down the left sideline for Jones, who caught the
ball near midfield and raced into the end zone on an 83-yard score for a 16-3
lead with 3:12 left in the third.
A 42-yard field goal from Crosby capped a nine-play, 55-yard march for a 19-3
advantage with 10:16 showing on the clock.
Crosby later hit a 45-yard field goal, and Stafford countered with Detroit's
only touchdown march of the game that saw him hit Kris Durham on a 13-yard
score with 2:06 to play.
Detroit's last win on the road against Green Bay came in 1991 ... The Packers
have a nine-game winning streak at home ... It was the first game Johnson had
missed since the final game of the 2010 season ... Green Bay totaled 449
yards, while Detroit had just 286 ... Green Bay plays at Baltimore next Sunday
... Detroit plays in Cleveland next Sunday ... The Packers have won five
straight and 15 of the last 16 against the Lions.
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