On Sunday, the Detroit Lions came out flat and were defeated by the Green Bay Packers by a score of 30-20. The loss extends Detroit’s streak of losing in Wisconsin to 23 games now. Matthew Stafford has extended his road losing streak to teams with a winning record to 0-17.
For Detroit, this game meant a lot. It meant a first round bye in the playoffs. It meant their first division title since the early 90s. It meant ending the streak of losses in Wisconsin. For some, it was the biggest game of their careers. They just did not show it. For Green Bay, it was business as usual.
Detroit started the game the way they always do, they went 3 and out and give the ball to the Packers. Green Bay moved the ball well, utilizing the run game successfully. Packers running back Eddie Lacy broke several tackles and ran hard against Detroit’s top ranked run defense. The stood tall holding the Packers to 0 points on a failed 4th and goal situation. The Lions just could not get the offense going and after punting again, they saw Micah Hyde run one back for a touchdown. Special teams was looking to be an issue for the Lions again.
Detroit continued its ineffective offensive ways throughout the second quarter before watching Aaron Rodgers lead his Packers team down the field. He capped the drive off with an injury to his banged up calf, but he did so by throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Watching Rodgers leave with the injury must have motivated the Lions as they got the ball back and scored on a pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson. With Rodgers still in the locker room, Detroit loaded up to stop Lacy, knowing Matt Flynn was not going to beat them with his arm. They forced a punt and took the ball down the field for another touchdown to tie the game. Stafford hit Johnson again for Johnson’s second of the day. Rodgers returned though completely deflating the Lions.
Rodgers, fresh out of the locker room, led his team down the field and into the end zone on his second touchdown pass to Cobb. The Lions struggles continued with a poor kickoff and a fumble on offense that led to Green Bay getting a 14 point lead at 28-14. With the ball inside their 10, Stafford tried to get things going but the pass rush was too strong and he threw the ball away. Since he was in the pocket in the end zone at the time, it was ruled a safety and Green Bay got a free 2 points. With the game seemingly out of reach at 30-14, Detroit did an onside free kick. The kick was successful as Cassius Vaughn recovered it. Detroit scored on that drive with a touchdown pass to Theo Riddick. The two point conversion looked good as Joique Bell appeared to score before being touched down, but the replay reversed the call. Detroit attempted another onside kick but did not recover, and Green Bay ended the game 30-20.