NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Green Bay|
(Sunday, December 9th)
Final Score: Green Bay 27, Detroit 20
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - DuJuan Harris rushed for a tiebreaking
touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Green Bay Packers seized sole
possession of first place in the NFC North with a 27-20 victory over the
Aaron Rodgers also ran for a score in the snow while completing 14-of-24
passes for 173 yards. The Green Bay quarterback did not throw a touchdown pass
at Lambeau Field for the first time since Sept. 21, 2008, snapping a streak
that had reached 35 games.
Randall Cobb had 102 yards on seven receptions for the Packers (9-4), who have
won 11 in a row against divisional foes and moved one game ahead of Chicago in
the North standings.
"It's going to be ugly at times, but the main thing is the wins," Rodgers
Matthew Stafford finished with 264 passing yards and one touchdown for Detroit
(4-9), but he threw one interception and had a fumble returned for a momentum-
Jason Hanson kicked a 34-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, but the
ball wound up going out of bounds on the ensuing kickoff, sealing Detroit's
fifth straight loss.
The Lions haven't won a game in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, dropping 22
in a row. The epic slide includes a 1994 playoff contest.
Detroit owned the first half in time of possession, holding the ball for 22-
plus minutes, and scored touchdowns on its first two drives.
The Lions churned out 80 yards on the game's opening series, with most of the
damage coming on the ground. Stafford capped the 12-play trek by scoring on
a 4-yard bootleg.
Green Bay looked to counter, reaching the Detroit 12 when Rodgers threw a 21-
yard pass to Cobb. But two plays later, Lawrence Jackson sacked Rodgers and
forced a fumble that Stephen Tulloch recovered for the Lions.
Stafford then hooked up with Kris Durham for 27 yards and Durham's great one-
handed grab set up Tony Scheffler's 3-yard TD catch early in the second
After Mason Crosby's 49-yard field goal put the Packers on the board, the
Lions' third drive looked as equally promising. However, on 1st-and-10 from
the Green Bay 42, Stafford had the ball slip out of his hand as he brought
his arm back.
Defensive end Mike Daniels fielded the ball cleanly and rumbled 43 yards to
the end zone.
"That was a big play. We had all the momentum," Stafford said.
Stafford was picked off on the next drive, but the Packers were forced to
Rodgers gave Green Bay a 17-14 lead by capping the opening drive of third
quarter with a 27-yard touchdown run.
Detroit, though, responded quickly and tied the game on a 46-yard Hanson field
goal. The Lions were helped along by an unnecessary roughness penalty after
Calvin Johnson had caught a 19-yard pass to convert a 3rd-and-7 from the
Detroit 30. Morgan Burnett was flagged for making contact with Johnson's head.
The Packers squandered an opportunity to reclaim the lead after pinning the
Lions deep in their territory and forcing them to go three-and-out. Green Bay
started from midfield and a nifty catch by Cobb near the right sideline on
first down moved the ball to the Detroit 26.
However, Nick Fairley sacked Rodgers for a 7-yard loss on third down, and
Crosby's 51-yard attempt sailed wide left.
Detroit couldn't capitalize on the field position as Hanson's try was short
from 51 yards in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.
Green Bay's next two drives ended in points. Harris scored on a 14-yard
touchdown run and Crosby drilled a 41-yarder, giving the Packers a 10-point
lead with 4:02 to play.
Rodgers' streak of 35 straight home games with at least one TD pass was the
second-longest in NFL history, trailing only Dan Marino's 39-game run from
1983-88 ... Green Bay ran only 16 offensive plays in the first half ...
Johnson caught 10 passes for 118 yards. He became the third player in league
history to reach 1,500 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons, joining Marvin
Harrison (Indianapolis, 2001-02) and Andre Johnson (Houston, 2008-09) ... The
Packers have won nine straight NFC North games at home.
12/10 01:28:48 ET