DETROIT–The Lions continued to cling to a 12-7 lead over the Packers following three quarters of play at Ford Field on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers attacked the Lions with short passes to start the second half, but was unable to sustain the Packers’ opening drive.
The Lions began a drive at their 13. Matt Stafford found Calvin Johnson for 17 yards and the home team was on the move. A Tramon Williams holding penalty gave the Lions another first down, and then Stafford found Golden Tate for 16 yards to the Packers 34.
A Stafford to Johnson pass gained 15 to the Packers 18, and the Lions were on the doorstep of taking a commanding lead. Two plays after the Lions gained a first down, lightning struck Stafford in the form of Julius Peppers, who sacked and stripped Stafford of the ball. Again, the defense held.
Trailing 12-7 and from their 13-yard line, the Packers offense went to work. Rodgers continued to throw short, to Cobb, and then DuJuan Harris gained 4 yards and a first down.
A Rodgers pass to Jarrett Boykin gained 11. A third-and-2 sack of Rodgers was nullified by a defensive holding penalty and the Packers had a first down at their 48, but that’s where the drive stalled.
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