GREEN BAY–Aaron Rodgers returned to the game in the third quarter, pitched a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb and left the Packers with a 21-14 lead over the Lions heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field.
Matt Flynn was at quarterback to start the second half; Rodgers remained in the locker room, attempting to recover from the calf injury that forced him out of the game following a second-quarter touchdown pass to Cobb. Flynn was sacked on third down to end the Packers’ first possession of the second half, as Rodgers walked out of the tunnel toward the Packers sideline to cheers. Rodgers began throwing along the sideline.
Meanwhile, the Lions began a drive at their 49-yard line. Matt Stafford converted a key third-down play with a pass to Golden Tate, and then Stafford closed the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 7:34 to play in the third quarter, tying the game at 14-14.
Rodgers returned to the game following the Lions touchdown. The Packers turned to three consecutive runs to gain a first down across midfield. Rodgers pitched a first-down toss to Randall Cobb for 29 yards to the Detroit 19.
On third-and-4, Rodgers hit Cobb over the middle for 13 yards and a go-ahead touchdown with 3:33 to play in the third quarter, 21-14.
The Packers defense forced a three-and-out and the Packers regained possession at their 25-yard line. The Packers were on the Lions’ 36 when the third quarter ended.
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