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NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Green Bay
(Sunday, October 18th)
Final Score: Green Bay 26, Detroit 0
Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers continued their home field dominance of the Detroit Lions with a 26-0 rout at Lambeau Field.
The win is Green Bay's 18th straight home victory against the Lions, which includes 15 straight games at Lambeau Field. Detroit's last win on the road in the series came in 1991.
Rodgers went 29-for-37 with 358 yards and an interception for the Packers (3-2), who were coming off their bye week after losing to Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. Mason Crosby connected on all four of his field goal attempts.
James Jones and John Kuhn each caught a touchdown while Ryan Grant had 24 carries for 90 yards in the win for Green Bay, which shut out Detroit for the first time since November 17, 1946.
"I felt the game today started with defense," said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. "I thought they played at a very high level by holding Detroit to no points. Home wins and individual wins are very important."
Donald Driver finished the game with seven catches for 107 yards. His first catch of the game in the first quarter, a short five-yard grab, gave him 596 for his career to set a Green Bay receiving record. The previous record of 595 catches in a Green Bay uniform was held by Sterling Sharpe.
"It feels good," said Driver about the record. "I'm happy and more excited than anything else. It's a long time coming. You never expect it to happen, but it couldn't have come at a better place, at home in front of your home crowd."
Daunte Culpepper, making his second start under center in place of an injured Matthew Stafford, went just 6-for-14 for 48 yards and a pick for the Lions (1-5), who have dropped 15 straight road games. Culpepper left the game in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury, while Drew Stanton entered and went 5-for-11 with 57 yards and two interceptions
"It is very disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing to me," said Culpepper. "We need to figure out a way to move down the field and put points on the board. It is as simple as that."
Kevin Smith had 15 carries for 61 yards while Dennis Northcutt caught five passes for 40 yards in the loss for Detroit, which has dropped its past three games after snapping a 19-game losing streak.
"When something like this happens, you can't sugarcoat it," said Detroit coach Jim Schwartz. "You can't blame it on one side of the ball. You have to move on and find a way to make sure it doesn't happen again. That is going to be our objective over the next couple of weeks."
The Packers started the game with the ball and Jordy Nelson took the kickoff into the end zone, but a holding call negated the score and the team started with the ball at its own 20. On 3rd-and-7, Detroit brought the rush, but Rodgers threw a pass over the middle and Greg Jennings made a one-handed catch that went for 26 yards. Three plays later, Rodgers hit Jones, who was wide open, at the right sideline and he took it into the end zone on a 47-yard score.
On the third play of Detroit's next touch, Culpepper was rushed and tried to dump the ball off, but Cullen Jenkins grabbed the ball for his first career interception. Six plays later, fullback Kuhn got into the end zone on a one- yard catch, making it a 14-0 game with 7:20 left in the first.
Later in the first, Detroit drove into Green Bay territory and opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the 21, but Smith was smothered on a run to the right and the Packers got the ball back.
After an exchange of punts, the Packers made it a 17-0 game on Crosby's 46- yard field goal with 7:22 to play in the first half. The scored was set up by a 17-yard catch by Jennings.
Detroit was again forced to punt on its next touch and the Packers got a 45- yard return by Tramon Williams, which helped set up a 28-yard field goal by Crosby with 1:56 left.
A 31-yard field goal from Crosby gave the Packers a 23-0 lead at the break.
On its first touch of the third quarter, Green Bay drove down the field and got into the red zone, but had to turn to Crosby again, this time for a 26- yard boot for a 26-0 lead with 7:43 to play in the third frame.
Stanton, who took over for Culpepper in the previous series, was picked off by Al Harris on the first play of the Lions' next drive. Green Bay drove to the Detroit three-yard line, but Rodgers fumbled as he was sacked and Detroit took over.
In the middle of the fourth quarter the Lions got into the red zone, but Stanton was picked off in the end zone by Atari Bigby and Green Bay killed the rest of the clock.
The Packers have won eight straight games against the Lions...Detroit has next week off and next plays on November 1 at home against St. Louis...The Packers play at Cleveland next Sunday...Green Bay had been outscored 27-0 in the third quarter coming into the game...Detroit also lost wide receiver Bryant Johnson in the game as he left with an injury after taking a big hit on an incompletion in the third quarter. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson sat out the game with a thigh injury...Each team had five sacks in the game...Green Bay got called for 13 penalties for 130 yards in the game...The Packers had 23 first downs in the game, compared to just 10 for Detroit, and controlled the ball for 40:48. Green Bay outgained Detroit, 435-149.
10/18 17:35:36 ET