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Packers rally for dramatic, 24-20 win

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 18, 2012 – 3:19 pm

DETROIT–Kicker Mason Crosby missed two more field goal attempts and the Packers offense was stalled for most of the day, but then came crunch time. That’s when Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb teamed for the game-winner in a 24-20 win over the Lions at Ford Field on Sunday.

The Rodgers-Cobb score supported a strong defensive effort by the Packers, especially considering the defense was playing without star pass rusher Clay Matthews.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Packers took a 14-10 lead in the third quarter when safety M.D. Jennings returned an interception of a Matt Stafford pass 72 yards for a touchdown.

The Lions retaliated with a 10-play, 83-yard drive Stafford capped with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson, and the Lions added to that lead when Jason Hanson booted a 27-yard field goal after the Packers defense held firm with its backs to the end zone.

That set the stage for an all-or-nothing drive by the Packers. Rodgers capped the drama with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Cobb, and Crosby converted the PAT kick to give the Packers a one-point lead with 1:48 to play in the game.

The Packers defense delivered the final blow when it stopped the Lions on fourth-and-15 from the Lions’ 20-yard line. Crosby salvaged his day with a game-clinching, 39-yard field goal with :19 left.

It’s the Packers’ fifth consecutive win and leaves Coach Mike McCarthy and his team to wait for tomorrow night’s Chicago at San Francisco game. With a Chicago loss, the Packers would be tied with the Bears for the NFC North lead, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Rodgers completed 19 of 27 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Stafford was 17 of 39 for 262 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Cobb caught nine passes for 74 yards and one score, and the Lions’ Johnson made five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown.


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35 Responses to “Packers rally for dramatic, 24-20 win”

  1. By DarthPacker on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome , well fought game. Darth walden and Darth Hawk were outstanding! Too many good things to metion. Way to go Jedi Finnely and Jedi Cobb! Fun game to watch!

  2. By Kereck on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    That a V.I.P drive for RODGERS

  3. By Tom Nett on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great win. We need to give Jermichael some credit as it was his 40 yard catch and run that set up the final touchdown. Way to never say never!

  4. By Jim G. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Need a field goal kicker. No Packers have one who needs confidence. Practice with blindfold. This was done in high school and this kicker never missed again.

  5. By NlGERIAGUEST on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    at the time I thought I was dreaming but all the transvestites sucked me off still.

  6. By Louie H on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Crosby needs to go. Bring some one that wants to kick the ball.This and other games could have been lost because of him.

  7. By LAKITA on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    OH YEAH BABY!!!!! GREENBAY ALL THE WAY!!!!!

  8. By LAKITA on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    CROSBY NEEDS A BOOST OF CONFIDENCE!! HES A GOOD KICKER, HE JUST DOESNT KNOW IT.

  9. By Zach on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    To everyone wanting to cut Crosby: Where is the better option out there?? Don’t you think TT would’ve brought him in already, or another team needing a kicker? They go through bad stretches like this. He has before. He’s also been one of the best in the league, making like 18 straight or something ridiculous like that. Crosby’ll be fine.

  10. By Don on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    A win is a win. We’ll take it.

  11. By Cole on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Our Defense won this game today,Hats off to our rookies,Jennings,Hayward,Moses deserves the game ball,We need to give Crosby a chance to get out of the funk he’s in,He’s helped us win a lot of important games in his career and he’s usually lights out,Very happy with how our defense played today

  12. By wkeil on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    We won,great game but far too many penalties. We’ll have to get this one fixed before we meet next.

  13. By Cole on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    My bad Jennings isn’t a rookie

  14. By David on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kickers are like golfers…Mason will get it back. Let’s show some sense. We just need to keep working on that ground game and getting Aaron’s protection better and better…we’re moving toward the peak. Small steps make for more solid building. This was a gut check game against a desperate and determined foe in their own house. It’s more important than a lot of people seem to realize. Go Packers!

  15. By sawmillman on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Really pleased with the young studs on defense Looking more and more like 2010, Go Pack!!

  16. By Phil Briggs on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not a pretty win, but a win thanks to some late game antics. It seems like the Packers always seem to get the teams that are not playing that well when they aren’t playing that well and are able to pull them out with one or two big plays going down the stretch. Today it was Finley who saved our ass, along with Jennings interception and, of course, the always cool Cobb catching that pass in the end zone with only a couple of minutes left and all but sealing it for the Packers. Once again, Rodgers was sacked too many times and almost got body slammed by a Detroit defender. That would have really hurt Rodgers, or put him out of commission for a couple of games, if not the season. Glad he thought better of it and held up. All in all, despite their injuries, Green Bay was the better team today only for a a couple of key plays that helped pull it out. Good job Pack. We’re proud of you. Now go get some revenge on the Giants. Nuff said, carry on.

  17. By Gouda on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    When are division games ever pretty? They are usually grind it out games like this due to the familiarity of the opponent. With the rash of injuries that we have endured and we are still on a 5 game winning streak…you will not find me complaining one bit. Once we get players back from injury during the stretch run and playoffs. LOOK OUT!!

  18. By Canadian Bill on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Great win with all the injuries and all.Crosby will be ok.It really doesnt matter how you win as long as you win. Crosby will win a game down the stretch. Just a side note. There was a poll taken in Canada and the results are that the Pack is Canadas favourte NFL team. I have been cheering for them since 1964 and have seen a lot of stars playing for the Pack. This year again is just a continuation. GO PACK GO

  19. By johnkersting on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well fought game with several players stepping up, Coach was clear on all four quarters full tilt effort and we got it and keeping the faith with you know who….we pulled the win, we knew the tough streak was coming, so hope health returns to some of our starters, soon!!!!

  20. By greylorn on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Good tough game.

    Did any other TV viewers notice how nice it was to watch a game without the annoying thump-thump-thump from Murphy’s boom boxes in the background?

    Did anyone miss the incessant announcements from bozo the boomer that customarily (now) fill Lambeau Field with useless noise?

  21. By Dave H on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ted Thompson should invite Ryan Longwell to come by for an evaluation. The remainder of the season is too important to leave the kicking game in only Crosby’s hands.

  22. By naplespacker1 on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    gotta give it capers and D .. they got the win today.. very solid effort///please don’t have Raji go down.. yikes..

  23. By Skylar J on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Crosby is fine, he’s just hit a dead spot. If they keep letting him kick, he’ll get past. We need to get our starters back soon. Atleast we’re still winning without them. GO PACK GO!

  24. By corner on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Crosby = psychological, may not get it back in time, nothing personal but Packers need to put a number on it, and have a backup in place now. I’m sure Crosby would agree, this is a business not a support group.

    Good news is, he has proven his ability to be a top 5 kicker these recent years, and he made that last kick – two points in his favor. Let’s hope he turns it around.

  25. By mark on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mason Crosby is not a reliable kicker and needs to go.

  26. By 3 point on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    O line needs to get back to business. AR is taking some of the blame for off passes but given his pass protection break downs I am not so sure he should shoulder the blame for some of the poor passes. Crosby will be ok but ought to do overtime in the stadium for many many distance kicks. The over correction was completely unnecessary as the previous kick sailed only slightly right. Hats off the the D.

  27. By Lisa on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    GO Pack Go!!!

  28. By corner on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    RE: “Crosby will be ok but ought to do overtime in the stadium for many many distance kicks. The over correction was completely unnecessary…”

    For those trying to give actual advice to Crosby (as if he is reading these) – give it a rest. There’s a reason he’s wearing the uniform, and we’re sitting at home typing in a blog. Take my word for it – unless you are/were employed by the NFL as a coach or player, there is absolutely NOTHING you could say that would be of any help to him whatsoever.

  29. By PackerRon on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    This clutch drive should remove any doubts about Aaron Rodgers not bringing the Pack back in the clutch.Especially for that skeptic on ESPN’s First Take Skip Bayless.

  30. By Packers4ever on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Gritty win for the Pack. Crosby needs to get back on track and I believe he will. Kudos to M D Jennings. Hope we get starters back soon. We need to keep this winning streak going. Then it will be on to the playoffs, and eventually the Super Bowl. Thanks to Mike McCarthy for his steadfastness. Go Pack Go!

  31. By duke on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Not a pretty game. Very fortunate for us that Detroit did not have their A game going. Just need to get a few people healthy to make the final run. Go Pack!

  32. By gaylien on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    senior coffee
    biscuit with TWO grape jelly packets
    cup of water, with ice

  33. By gbpfan4life on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    I lost count of how many players are on inured reserve, or simply cannot play, yet we find ways to develop players at key positions on both sides of the ball to fill voids to win ball games. Many teams can’t go 7-3 with their starters let alone the MASH unit the Packers are lining up with. Huge props out to Mike and Ted.
    Yes, the Lions win was ugly but a win nonetheless. Anyone big on giving it back?. That’s what I thought.
    Crosby had a year like this a few years ago and got straightened out. Maybe it’s something in his personal life that’s haywire and not necessarily a confidence issue. Keep your finger off the Crosby nuke switch. I trust McCarthy to figure it all out and do the right thing.
    KEEP BELIEVING, GO PACK!.

  34. By Rae Terrock on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    That was a nail biter. Hope Crosby can get himself turned around. Have to watch the sacks on Rogers.

  35. By northerner on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    The Pack makes the easy ones tough and the tough ones look easy. A win is a win and now get after the spoilers in NY. Time to get even and chalk up another win on the road. Hope the field goal kicking improves either with or without Mason. The spec team is doing a great job this year. Go Pack!

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