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Lions hold 26-10 lead heading into fourth quarter

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on November 28, 2013 – 2:07 pm

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Matt Flynn

DETROIT–The Lions had lengthened their lead over the Packers to 26-10 heading into the fourth quarter of today’s game at Ford Field.

Green Bay began the second half with its fourth consecutive three-and-out, and the Lions took possession of the ball at their 37-yard line.

Quarterback Matt Stafford’s pass to Calvin Johnson initiated another drive into Packers territory. On third-and-one, Stafford completed a 12-yard strike to Johnson at the 20-yard line. On the next play, Johnson had an apparent touchdown pass in his hands, but failed to hold onto the ball as he fell to the ground. Two plays after that, however, Johnson caught a pass over the middle, broke a tackle and scored.

With 9:08 to play in the third quarter, the Lions had a 24-10 lead in a game that was much more lopsided statistically. The Lions had gained 403 yards of offense to the Packers’ 43, and time of possession was 15-and-a-half minutes in the Lions’ favor.

The Lions immediately regained possession when Matt Flynn was sacked and stripped of the football. The Lions recovered the fumble at the Packers 37-yard line. Cornerback Sam Shields killed the potential scoring threat, however, by intercepting a pass intended for Johnson in the end zone. Flynn, however, was intercepted by DeAndre Levy and the Lions had the ball at their 35-yard line.

Flynn was sacked by Ndamukong Suh for a safety with :53 to play in the third quarter. It was the seventh time Flynn had been sacked in the game.

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85 Responses to “Lions hold 26-10 lead heading into fourth quarter”

  1. By Randy Isham on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    You have to question the Packers toughness. They are bad at tackling and there is no true leadership on defense.

  2. By bagover head on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    this is just bad 52 yards you would think you could get 52 yards just falling forward.

  3. By Jonas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    looks like lions o- line is playing against 12 year old kids. sry for the hard words, but its true.

  4. By bagover head on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Jonas that’s a understatemwnt

  5. By scott on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Stick a fork in this team ,there’re done for this year, as Dandy Don, sang ,turn out the lights, the party’s over

  6. By SmokeateR on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    I have to wonder, would Aaron Rodgers be able to do much better behind this offensive line?

  7. By Jef on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    12 year old kids would show a little more fight.

  8. By Jonas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    o- line booked vacation on new year. so they have no time for the playoffs.

  9. By PREACHER on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Theres got to be a MAJOR CHANGE after this season! I for one, didn’t buy stock to WATCH such pathetic coaching and playing of players! I just can’t believe how a team can go from a good caliber team to the WORST team in the NFL!!!!

  10. By Scott on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Packers have a rally in them don’t you think? I see a flurry or TD’s coming for the Pack and we win 34-33

  11. By Billy on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Can Vic at long last atop defending Dom Capers? The guy has to go.

  12. By Scott on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry……I was taking a nap and just woke up. I was dreaming LOL

  13. By Jonas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    what does our def and a cheese have in common? right. the holes.

  14. By danthepackman on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Think it might time for a change in defensive coaching staff…

  15. By LP Packer on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t believe I see the day where entire team gave up

  16. By Joe on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe we should spend some of that cap money or just play with 22 guys to save money. draft and develope, who has developed lately.

  17. By Scott on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    This final drive of the Lions has gained more yards than the Packers have gained the entire game.

  18. By Eli S on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Why didn’t we get Matt Flynn earlier?!

  19. By danthepackman on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    It’s definitely time for a change in defensive coaching staff we draft 6 players on defense the previous year and these coaches have no idea how to use them!

  20. By bagover head on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    I could get 52yards drunk on a bet vomiting at will what a display. Can wait for the coach to talk after this dumpster fire

  21. By Eli S on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    We just gave up in the 4th. This team has no heart.

  22. By packers_in2k13 on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply


  23. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    #19 in the draft coming in, and on the way up. EMBRACE IT. This team is only going to get older and thinner without drafting high. Fact.

  24. By Chet on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    “Dom capers is the best defensive coordinator”


  25. By northerner on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    This team has no heart or pride it shows through in all aspects of their play. What a waste of money.

  26. By GBP XLV in Dallas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry for the words? Why? It’s true. No one EVER calls these guys out, including the second rate coach. The defense is and has been terrible.

  27. By Alan in Phoenix on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    T & T the Pak Havks/shills… Love that Capers guy, and big Mike the play calling super star. No Rogers…and those clown look pretty average.

  28. By Mark on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    I called the moving crew. It’s time to pack up and ship everything to next season. The Packers are officially playing the worst football in the ENTIRE NFL. Reminds me of the David Whitehurst days.

  29. By PREACHER on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply


  30. By packers_in2k13 on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Lovie Smith as our defensive coordinator next year??

  31. By Nelstone on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Goal line defense with 2 down linemen, who’s making these stupid calls

  32. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Gave up, Eli? THERE’S NOTHING LEFT OUT THERE. 89 snaps on defense four days ago, 77 today. It’s not about heart, it’s about gas, and the tank is empty.

  33. By J Robinson on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    This years team, Dom Capers, Mike Mccarthy and the entire front desk have brought this great organization to an all time low!!!

  34. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @bagover head Yeah, the post game conference should be pretty compelling. McCarthy, “Well, we just didn’t get it done. We need to do a better job of getting the job done. We’ve got some work to do during this week.” Hmmm…seems familiar somehow.

  35. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Preacher, take your fancy $275 piece of paper and go home. The team needs to draft high. Here’s how you do it. You stink for a year.

  36. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Chad, I think MM is going to sound a little different than that. Wait and see. He’s quietly fuming on the sidelines.

  37. By GBP XLV in Dallas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Peach preacher! Major change must start with the entire coaching staff. McCarthy is an idiot. Should’ve been gone in 09… he was bad then. But he won a super bowl so we keep him around. We gave up 3 or 4 super bowls for one. He’s terrible. Capers is bad. Special teams coach is bad. Major changes desperately needed. People who blame the losses on injuries are idiots too!

  38. By israelipacker on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers looks like he does not even care, show some emotions

  39. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Rick Maybe. And on the draft position, problem is, they’ve won too many to draft really high. There are alot of bad/mediocre teams in the NFL this season. I hope you’re right…I really hope he lays it down, because from where i’m sitting it absolutely looks like our Packers have given up on the season. It’s looked like that to me since Rodgers got injured. It’s really sad and disheartening.

  40. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    GBP XLV, change your name then, huh? And 3 or 4 Super Bowls, yah, like everyone does.

  41. By richard on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Please, get rid of McCarthy, TT, Dum, and pric, I mean vic.

    We only have so many opportunities with Aaron and we need to max out on them. This group doesn’t have a clue!

  42. By Mike on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    I default to blame the players… I’ll leave coach evaluation for the organization. The players are failing big time, and I’m tired of hearing the shouting going past the players directly to the coaches.

    Ultimately, they are to be accountable for their players, but you can’t just praise players only when it is good, and damn coaches only when it is bad.

    You have to praise both and curse both. That would give you credibility. It just seems that fans are so quick to ignore poor players and go right for the coaches.

    I bet you could fire all of these coaches, and nothing would change. In fact, it might get worse. You could be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. That is why fans don’t make the decisions.

    All you FANS wanted Flynn in immediately. You questioned the coaches for not picking him up.

    Now you refuse to eat it when forced. EAT IT! You stood behind it before, and now you just pretend you didn’t say it.

    I had to eat it. NO YOU BETTER EAT IT TOO! :p

  43. By GBP XLV in Dallas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Again, PREACH PREACHER!!!!!!!!

  44. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    richard, I’d say get better players, and you do that by drafting at #10 or better. KEEP LOSING.

  45. By Joe on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Make a stop and you can get off the field.

  46. By J Robinson on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Packers, put your tails between your legs, hang your head low, and walk off the field like the little whipped children you are. You were owned today, and for the first time in my life I am embaressed to be a packers fan.

  47. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Poor old hapless Packers, can’t even avoid collapse on the 5 yard line at the end of the game. You HAVE to just laugh about it people. So utterly bad and pathetic, LOL.

  48. By utah slim on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Worst tackling team this side of the raiders. Good thing the running game is so improved, except when they really needed it. Say what you want about the new “game, rules, etc, if you can’t block and tackle better than the other team, you lose. alot.

  49. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Rick S. Well yeah, at this point, they may as well just lose the rest of their games. Sit Rodgers the rest of the season to make absolutely sure he’s fine, and phone the rest of ‘em in. I mean, they’ve done that the past four weeks, so their pride obviously won’t get in the way.

  50. By Simon on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    All of you complaining and talking about firing staff over losing 4 games have allot to learn. Understand this, when a quarterback that plays at the caliber Aaron Rodgers does he affects allot of things you don’t see. Grow up it’s football, this teams season isn’t over. Blaming it on the GM/Coaching staff is pitiful, it’s the same Coaching staff that took us to 13-1 and a Super Bowl the year prior to that. Go home fair weather fans. Think about all the things Aaron Rodgers affects when he’s on the field for example: Opens lanes for the running game, clock management(keeping the defense off the field), SCORING. You can’t consistently stack the box against a QB like Aaron Rodgers, it’s far to dangerous. He brings balance and right now there is none!

  51. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    They’ve got 10 days to come up with a creative game plan because Atlanta is going to want to lose as much as the Packers should now. TANK IT.

  52. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Simon, it is over.

  53. By Mike on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    All of you people that were screaming for Flynn for the entire season must now eat crow.

    Eat crow! Because you were wrong. I was behind Tolzien, and then Flynn had a good quarter and I at crow for that game.

    Now you eat crow. You were wrong about Flynn.

  54. By Nelstone on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Rick how bout stopping someone and you won’t be out there so much

  55. By Matt on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Why should he?! He’s on the sideline injured. How bout you point out the rest of the 53 scrubs out there? This has nothing to do with Rodgers.

  56. By Mike on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    On to the next game, now. Good game for Detroit.

  57. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Chad, yes to all, with one problem: Mike McStubborn. He’ll want to claw his way to 8-7-1. Ted needs to sit him down for a talk.

  58. By SJD313 on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Capers? Were calling out capers? The defense scored more than the offense. The 3&out parade is the issue. The fact that they don’t have time to tie their shoe before they go back out on defense.

  59. By Joe on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Tha DEFENSE has not stopped anybody for a long long long time. This is not politics, somebody must be held accountable.

  60. By GBP XLV in Dallas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Rick, so you’re aware…. lived in Wisconsin for 40 years, moved to Dallas in 2010. My joy on Sundays come from Packer victories and Cowboy losses. Except this year, we won’t make the playoffs because our entire coaching staff sucks. So you understand my comments better, Aaron Rodgers is a good enough qb to win multiple championships over his career. But he won’t because McCarthy is terrible. That’s why Rodgers hates the guy. OPEN YOUR EYES! McCarthy bought several more years at the helm by winning the ONE super bowl. Get rid of him in 08 like we should have and we become a dynasty. You say tank the year for draft position? Idiot.

  61. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Simon You’re letting them off the hook man. It has nothing to do with being a “real fan” or a “bandwagoner”. Alot of people are frustrated and for good reason, look at the product that they’re putting on the field. Yes, Aaron Rodgers is an amazing talent at QB, but his injury doesn’t excuse the utterly awful play since he’s went down. Those not doing their job need to be held accountable, period. 40-10 in a game they HAD to win, is inexcusable. I’m sorry, but the Packers as an organization is too good, the tradition too great, to allow anything like this debacle to be acceptable. Regardless of Rodgers being injured or not…there are 52 other players on the team and you mean to tell me that without him, this is an acceptable outcome? Forgive me, but i’m not buying it.

  62. By bagover head on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Aaron this aaron that he don’t play D soooooo??????

  63. By Mike on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    SJ its worthless… Most fans don’t believe in player accountability. They believe in Coach accountability only. They have posters of their favorite players in their den. Why would they betray their holy gods? That’s blasphemy.

    The coaches are an easy target. Clearly it worked for Washington…..

    I believe in accountability of all. These players were just awful, and the offense didn’t move the ball. The coach calls the plays, but when it doesn’t work… fans say “He should have called a different play” as if THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED ANYTHING!!

    Fans are looking for someone to blame. They don’t have posters of coaches… so… blame them, they don’t have to feel bad. “Oh I’m sorry Fathead poster of (insert player)” I didn’t mean to betray you.

    There are no coach posters… so, no guilt for betraying their gods.

  64. By Max Killoren on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    MM and Capers must go. Maybe a new condition coach
    as well.Far to many hurts.

  65. By richard on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Time to say so long to coach m, tt, dummie, murphy and last but not least vic the jerk.

  66. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    It’s the same as last year’s playoff game with SF but without Rodgers there is no offense. Defense hasn’t improved at all. SF-579 yards, DET-561.

  67. By WCPackfan on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    So glad I didn’t ruin my Thanksgiving by watching this tragedy

  68. By GBP XLV in Dallas on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    We were actually 15-1…. all on Rodgers’ arm. The two games the offense did not play well we lost. Defense had been bad for a long time, covered by exceptional qb/offensive play. That coaching staff you speak of rely on Rodgers as much as the rest of the team, not on their own schemes, game planning, and adjustments (that they never make).

  69. By bagover head on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Also thank god I did play any of the bums on fantasy team I am in first place unlike the packers. I can coach better then mm tt and the rest. lol hey TT my resume is in the mail

  70. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    richard, you’re going to have a ball griping for months when none of that happens. I do think Capers needs to let go of the wheel on D. I sense that the players don’t buy into it anymore.

  71. By Chad on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @Rick S. I’m with you. The defense hasn’t improved a bit from where i’m sitting.

  72. By PREACHER on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @SIMON @RICK S. It all starts at the top! you have to FIX the problems at theTOP AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN! What that means is,you need change in SOME COACHING POSITIONS, EVALUATE the players, who stays ,who goes. But the defense has been terrible for the past 3 years. Offensive side needs a over haul too. NEWHOUSE is to slow, but you need a system that fits our defensive backs, AND ITS NOT CAPERS!!

  73. By Preston Meyer on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    True LOL

  74. By WCPackfan on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sutton needs to keep his damn mouth shut. He did a fan-freakin-tastic job of motivating the Lions defense. Wouldn’t mind seeing him fined or something for it. Flat out ignorant.

  75. By Rick S. on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    In hindsight I think Sitton didn’t set things up well with his smack. Doesn’t matter, though. It was a debacle regardless.

  76. By WCPackfan on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sitton. My bad

  77. By Swamp on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry Simon I just cannot resist. Those who bring up the Super Bowl win 2010 as some sort of excuse for this bad coaching staff are the ones who really do not know football. We barely, and I mean barely, made the playoffs that year. On the last week of the season 3 things had to happen that wouldn’t happen the same again in 100 years. We backed in, got hot, and won it. And every Packer fan should appreciate that win. Keeping it in the cupboard and bringing it out to defend this coaching staff literally tells me you have no clue.Next you can say Rodgers affects things, and yes he does, but watching that game today and seeing how fast they were hanging on Flynn’s back, again proves just how little you understand. It would matter if Rodgers were in there. That isn’t conjecture it is fact. And then there is the one loss season. Only to be at home against a Giant team barely over .500 barely making the playoffs and the wildcard team and lose. So tell me how do you defend 15-1 and losing at home? Really? C’mon man wake up! MM is terrible and Capers is even worse.

  78. By PREACHER on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    @ swamp It hard to explain to fans that have no idea of the game! but couln’t be said any better!!

  79. By Nelstone on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Dom doesn’t run a 3 -4 defense he only has 2 down linemen in there at any time, how can you always blame the players when they are not put in a position to succeed

  80. By Robert Ossig on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with Swamp ! Every week is the same result despite the rantings of MM on how they have prepared and worked during the weeks practice. What practice is MM at, Denver’s, Seattle’s, sure as sh*t ain’t the packers !

  81. By Mike on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Get rid of capers and a bunch of starters.

  82. By SDH on Nov 28, 2013 | Reply

    Richard: Here, here.

  83. By hunter on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    The whole nation was watching that pitiful display today, after the game the guys on the post game were ashamed to comment on it,they were having trouble even making any excuses on it,they were looking down at the floor while even trying to talk about it. The internet is calling it a ~comedy of errors~ we’re the laughing stock of pro football….the worst of the worst….yea…we don’t need to make ANY changes….were fine….If Aron was in there today you know what would have happened?? He would have gotten hurt again BAD!!! I cant see that team winning again this year or any other…..

  84. By Bob on Nov 29, 2013 | Reply

    Rogers has to change most of the plays MM calls and when Rogers isn’t in there we get to see what MM calls, a crossing pattern with his star receiver, down by 30 with 3 min. left. I wouldn’t do that to my worst enemy. MM has to go!

  85. By readujt619 on Dec 2, 2013 | Reply

    my Aunty Violet got a 6 month old Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid just by some parttime working online with a cheap laptop… view website…… Buzz16.com

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