For the first time since 1991 when now general manager Sheldon White was a player for them, the Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin by a score of 18-16 in what turned out to be a wild finish. With both teams actively trying to lose the game, Detroit ended up with the victory.
The game started off quick for Green Bay, taking the opening drive within Lions territory but the Detroit defense held the Packers to a field goal. From that point on, it was a defensive battle with both teams going nowhere on offense. For Detroit, the defense looked good but the offense looked terrible. For the Packers, both looked terrible. Detroit’s offense was not very good so stopping them was not much of a feat. Detroit started to get it going at the end of the half though when they drove into Packers territory and kicked a 49 yard field goal to tie the game at 3.
Being tied with the Packers at halftime had to give the Lions some extra motivation because Ameer Abdullah took the kickoff 104 yards to the Green Bay 1 yard line. Replay showed that it looked like Abdullah was not down and should have scored but the Lions did not challenge. Instead, Matthew Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew for a 2 yard touch down. Ironically, perfect kicker Matt Prater missed the extra point. The score was 9-3. With both teams still struggling to move the ball throughout the third quarter, something finally clicked for both teams in the fourth. The Lions drove the field and capitalized on a 51 yard Prater field goal to give them a 12-3 lead. The Packers returned the scoring, driving the field and capping it off on a 4 yard touchdown pass to Richard Rogers, making it 12-10. Detroit had a chance to do what they always to and milk the clock. Instead, the went aggressive under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and drove the field, thanks to a 43 yard catch and run by Golden Tate, and scored on a 4 yard pass to Lance Moore, making the score 18-10 after yet another missed extra point by Prater.
The Packers moved the ball well, getting into lions territory quickly and scoring on an 11 yard pass to Justin Perillo. With Prater holding his breath, newly signed corner Crezdon Butler jumped in and defended the 2 point conversion, making it 18-16 and sealing a Lions victory. Unless, of course, Green Bay got the onside kick. That is exactly what happened next. Lions great Calvin Johnson jumped up and misplayed the onside kick, giving the ball to the Packers. They easily moved down into field goal range in 30 seconds and missed on a 52 yard field goal that would have won them the game.