Detroit Lions Roar Past Green Bay Packers, 19-7
In Week Two, the Green Bay Packers fumbled early, and gave the New York Jets an early lead. On Sunday, the Packers did the same thing and unfortunately, weren't able to muster a comeback and win.
Eddie Lacy put the ball on the ground three minutes in the game, and Don Carey and the Lions returned it 40 yards for an early score. The Packers tied the game before the end of the first quarter when Aaron Rodgers hit Andrew Quarless for a 10-yard touchdown. However, that's all the points the Green Bay offense was able to score. Surprising, right?
Early in the second quarter, Lacy got tackled in the endzone for a safety and the Lions defense was stifling Rodgers and the offense. By halftime, it was 12-7. The Packers were still in the game.
There was no scoring in the third quarter, and with 10:40 in the fourth quarter, Reggie Bush's 26-yard touchdown run gave Detroit a 19-7 lead. That was pretty much the dagger, too. Green Bay couldn't do much on offense and Detroit's defense was stout. The Packers only had 223 total yards in the game, and the early fumble and safety turned out to doom them. The Lions had 353 total yards, and dominated the time of possession, (38:13 to 21:47), yet their offense couldn't score. It was odd game for two offenses that are usually lethal, and instead the defenses ruled the game.
Rodgers was 16 of 27 for 162 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. Lacy ran the ball 11 times for 36 yards. James Starks actually rushed for more yards (eight carries on 38 yards).
For Detroit, Matthew Stafford was 22 of 34 for 246 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Bush ran the ball 12 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Next week, the Lions head to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets. The Packers continue their road stretch by facing Chicago on the road at 1:00 p.m.
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