DETROIT–The Packers suffered one of the worst losses in the Mike McCarthy era on Thursday, in a 40-10 defeat to the Lions at Ford Field. The outcome was punctuated by the final statistics.
With 4:17 to play in the game, the Lions had gained 563 yards to the Packers’ 56, and had run 77 plays to te Packers’ 36. That’s were the game stood following Matt Stafford’s third touchdown pass of the day.
The loss left the Packers at 5-6-1 and clinging to fading playoff hopes. At 7-5, the Lions moved into the driver’s seat in the NFC North title race.
Quarterback Matt Flynn was sacked seven times, the final time for a safety. He threw for 139 yards, the vast majority of it in the Packers’ final possession.
The Packers stayed within reach of the Lions through three quarters, thanks to four takeaways. The Lions’ yardage barrage, however, eventually became overwhelming. The Lions more than doubled the Packers’ time of possession. The Lions’ rushed for 241 yards.
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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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Gerald from Wausaukee, WI
What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I’m thankful for my family’s health, the opportunity to watch this wonderful football game and the fans that grace this column with their readership. I have a lot more for which to be thankful, but I can start with those three.
Joey from Rhinelander, WI
Vic, everyone has been criticizing our tackling as the problem with our defense lately. This game, the tackling seems fine, but the Lions are having huge holes to run through and wide open receivers. Is our defense this bad or are the Lions this good?
The Packers’ run defense has fallen on hard times. Everything on defense begins with stopping the run and the Packers aren’t doing it. The Lions are a pass-first team, but not in this game. What’s that tell you?
Bob from Dubuque, IA
Why does Green Bay give up the pass in the middle always?
It’s difficult to get any depth with your linebackers when you’re having to concentrate on stopping the run. If the Packers could stop the run, they could get a deeper drop with their inside linebackers.
Devon from Ortega, CA
When is Rodgers supposed to be back?
If I’m reading this week’s return to practice correctly, I think it’s fair to expect Aaron Rodgers to be back under center in the next game, against Atlanta.
Bill from Alexander, AR
So when do you think the Packers are going to fix the defense? How do they fix it?
Does that fumble return for a touchdown by Morgan Burnett fix anything? That’s what it’s going to take for this defense to be productive, I believe, because this is not a yardage defense. That’s becoming painfully obvious. Fixing this defense, in my opinion, is going to require another offseason of draft and develop.
Tony from Saint Paul, MN
Vic, what do the Packers need to do in the second half to win the game?
They need to gain yards, score points and control the clock on offense, because I don’t think they can depend on the Lions to continue turning the ball over and missing field goal attempts.
Beth from Anchorage, AK
How do you feel about the Packers defense this year?
I’m disappointed. I firmly believed this defense would be playing at a high level late in the season. If you can’t deny yards, then you better take the ball away. The Packers have done that, but not much else.
Andrew from Des Moines, IA
Do you like what you have seen so far?
I like the takeaways, but I’m not going to delude myself into believing the Packers can play this way and win. The Lions are moving the ball freely and the Packers are struggling to move the ball at all. That’s a bad combination. The big concern I have now is that the second half could become a sack fest by the Lions, if the Packers have to throw on every down.
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DETROIT — Two touchdown drives in the second quarter for the Lions erased a seven-point deficit and gave Detroit a 17-10 halftime lead.
The Lions began the quarter with a 27-yard FG by K David Akers, who came on after a third-and-goal pass for TE Brandon Pettigrew was incomplete.
That gave the Lions 159 yards of offense after their first two possessions, but they led only 3-0.
The Packers answered with a FG to tie the game. After the kickoff went out of bounds and WR James Jones made a tough 16-yard grab over LB Stephen Tulloch, the Packers were across midfield. QB Matt Flynn scrambled for 4 yards on third-and-6, setting up a 54-yard FG by Mason Crosby.
Green Bay took the lead just moments later. On the first snap of Detroit’s ensuing possession, LB Nick Perry hit QB Matthew Stafford’s arm as he wound up to throw. The ball came loose, and S Morgan Burnett picked it up at the 1-yard line and scored for the Packers to make it 10-3.
The Packers defense got its third turnover of the half a handful of snaps later, as CB Tramon Williams picked off a pass intended for WR Kris Durham. A personal foul on Durham for tackling Williams by using the opening of the helmet put the Packers on their own 49-yard line to start the possession.
The Packers did nothing with the field position, however, going three-and-out, and the Lions responded with an 85-yard TD drive to tie the game at 10.
A 32-yard pass down the left sideline to RB Reggie Bush on third down got the Lions moving, and a 26-yard pass to TE Dorin Dickerson on third-and-1 got the Lions into the red zone. WR Jeremy Ross caught a 5-yard TD pass for the score.
After another Packers three-and-out, Ross returned a punt 35 yards across midfield, and the Lions needed just three plays to score again. Bush ran it in from the 1 just one snap after his own 23-yard run put it there.
A third consecutive Green Bay three-and-out gave the Lions one more drive in the half, and they took advantage. Passes of 16 yards to WR Calvin Johnson and 19 yards to Durham set up a 31-yard FG try by Akers on the final snap, but he missed wide right.
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DETROIT–The Packers and Lions were scoreless after one quarter of play at Ford Field on Thursday.
Detroit quickly moved the ball down the field on its opening possession, as quarterback Matt Stafford connected on two over-the-middle completions to Calvin Johnson that put the Lions into scoring position. Joique Bell converted a third-and-two with a 4-yard run to the Packers 22-yard line.
Reggie Bush gaind nine yards on second-and-nine, but Bush fumbled on the next play and Morgan Burnett recovered the fumble for the Packers, cancelling an almost-certain scoring drive for the Lions and giving the ball to Matt Flynn and the Packers offense at the Packers 10-yard line.
Flynn’s first pass on the Packers’ first play was a screen to Eddie Lacy that gained 20 yards. On third-and-eight, Flynn completed a 9-yard toss to Jordy Nelson. Again, Flynn would face third-and-eight, but this time he was sacked by Ziggy Ansah.
Sizable gains by Bush and Bell moved the Lions to their 31-yard line. On second-and-one, Stafford pitched a completion to Kris Durham for 14 yards to the Packers 46-yard line. The Packers continued to surrender big chunks of rushing yardage, as Bush ran for 12 yards and another first down, and then a screen pass to Bell broke loose for 27 yards to the Packers 7-yard line.
The quarter ended with the Lions facing third-and-goal at the 9-yard line.
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With kickoff about an hour away, here’s the latest from Ford Field for today’s Packers-Lions Thanksgiving showdown:
Defense getting reinforcements
The Packers played last week without DE Johnny Jolly, and they’ve played multiple games now without CB Sam Shields and LB Nick Perry, but all three are active and slated to play today.
Jolly and Perry might be able to help shore up what has been a leaky run defense in recent weeks, while Shields is sure to see plenty of Lions WR Calvin Johnson throughout the day.
The Packers offensive line is back to full strength as well, with RT Don Barclay returning from a knee injury. He had been replaced by Marshall Newhouse the past couple of games.
What’s at stake
The Lions are currently tied with the Bears atop the NFC North at 6-5, with the Packers one-half game behind at 5-5-1.
If the Packers win, they would put themselves in position to control their own destiny in terms of trying to win the division. Should the Packers win, they would still be technically behind the Bears pending Sunday’s Chicago-Minnesota game. But if the Packers were to win the rest of their games, including the regular-season finale at Chicago, they would win the NFC North.
If the Packers lose, they would have to win their remaining four games and have the Lions and Bears each lose twice in order to claim a third straight division title.
The Lions have lost nine straight games on Thanksgiving, including three to the Packers over that span in 2007, ’09 and ’11. Detroit’s last win on Thanksgiving came against Green Bay in 2003.
As for this season, Detroit comes into today’s game in a two-game losing streak, while Green Bay hasn’t won in its last four contests (0-3-1).
Packers QB Matt Flynn made his NFL regular-season debut at Ford Field back in 2010, coming off the bench in place of Aaron Rodgers when Rodgers sustained a concussion. The Packers lost that game, 7-3.
A little more than a year later, Flynn started in Week 17 at Lambeau Field against Detroit and threw for franchise records of 480 yards and six TDs in a 45-41 victory.
Players to watch
All eyes will obviously be on players like Flynn, Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and Johnson, and the battle in the trenches between the likes of Packers G Josh Sitton and Detroit’s defensive linemen, who were the subject of some disparaging comments by Sitton earlier this week.
But here’s another player to watch: Detroit return man Jeremy Ross.
Ross began the season with the Packers as their primary return man, but a fumble on a kickoff in Cincinnati cost him his job. He was signed to the Lions practice squad and later elevated to the active roster. He has now assumed full-time return duties for Detroit, and he had a 42-yard punt return in the Lions loss to the Buccaneers last Sunday.
There are a lot of chips on shoulders, you might say, in today’s game, and Ross is wearing one of them.
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- Since Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers are have a 19-8 (.704) record indoors (including playoffs). That ranks No. 2 in the NFL among teams with 10-plus road/netural dome games over that span behind only the N.Y. Jets (8-2, .800).
- The Packers have posted at least 390 yards of offense in 16 of the 27 indoor games (12-4 record in those contests) and 30-plus points in 16 of the indoor games (14-2 record).
- Green Bay ranks No. 2 in the NFL in total offense with an average of 424.4 yards per game. The Packers’ 4,668 yards this season are the most through 11 games in franchise history.
- The Packers have posted 385-plus yards of offense in nine of 11 games this season.
- Green Bay ranks No. 2 in the NFL this season with 55 plays of 20-plus yards this season, including 17 in the last three games.
- The Packers have rushed for 180-plus yards as a team in five of their last nine games. Green Bay’s 1,539 rushing yards so far this season are the fourth most by the team through 11 games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 11 games this season and ranks No. 1 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season team record set in 1995 (11).
- The Packers have allowed three sacks in their last three games and 15 sacks in their last eight contests. Their average of 1.88 sacks allowed per game since Week 5 ranks No. 5 in the NFL over that span.
- The Packers have turned the ball over six times in their last six games.
- Green Bay’s defense has recorded 13 sacks over the last three games, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
- RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 755 yards over the last seven games, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
- Lacy needs one rushing TD to set the single-season franchise mark for the most rushing TDs by a rookie. He has six on the season, which is tied with Samkon Gado (2005) for the team record.
- WR Jordy Nelson needs 53 receiving yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He posted a career-high nine catches (later tied) for a career-best 162 yards and a career-high three TDs (later tied) vs. Detroit in the 2011 season finale.
- Nelson ranks No. 1 in the NFL with 14 catches of 25-plus yards this season. That is two shy of the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings 16 in 2010).
- WR Jarrett Boykin has 470 receiving yards since Week 7, which ranks No. 10 in the NFL over that span.
- LB Clay Matthews has posted three sacks in the last two games. He has six sacks and an interception in six career games against the Lions.Matthews needs 1.5 sacks to hit the 50-sack mark for his career.
- With 866 career points, K Mason Crosby needs nine more to set an NFL record for the most points scored by a player in his first seven seasons in the NFL (Colts K, Mike Vanderjagt, 874, 1998-2004).
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The following players have been declared as inactive for today’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
Green Bay Packers
12 QB Aaron Rodgers
13 WR Chris Harper
51 LB Nate Palmer
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
86 TE Brandon Bostick
98 DE C.J. Wilson
99 DE Jerel Worthy
15 WR Michael Spurlock
17 QB Kellen Moore
23 CB Chris Houston
25 RB Mikel Leshoure
64 G Leroy Harris
74 G Rodney Austin
78 T Corey Hilliard
Starting lineup change: 30 CB Darius Slay starts for Houston.
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- The Packers will take on the Detroit Lions today in an NFC North matchup at Ford Field, the fourth Thanksgiving Day meeting between the teams in Detroit in the last seven seasons.
- Green Bay is currently third in the NFC North at 5-5-1 after a 26-26 tie against Minnesota at Lambeau Field this past Sunday. The Packers trail the Lions and Bears, who are both 6-5.
- This will mark the 21st all-time meeting between the clubs on Thanksgiving, with the Lions holding an 11-8-1 edge in the series on the holiday. Green Bay and Detroit first met on Thanksgiving in 1951 and went on to meet on the holiday in 13 consecutive seasons (1951-63).
- No two teams have faced off on Thanksgiving more than the Packers and the Lions, with Detroit and Chicago ranking No. 2 with 15 meetings.
- The Packers emerged victorious in each of the last three meetings with the Lions on Thanksgiving, winning games in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
- Green Bay’s current three-game winning streak in Thanksgiving contests is tied for the longest in franchise history (league games only), matching the Packers’ three-game winning streak on Thanksgiving from 1930-32 (victories against the Frankford Yellow Jackets, Providence Steam Roller and Brooklyn Dodgers).
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
- The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Today marks meeting No. 169 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
- Green Bay has a 14-1 mark (.933) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with New England (14-1 vs. Buffalo) for the best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006. Dating back further, the Packers have won 15 of the last 16 against Detroit and 23 of the last 26 in the series.
- The Packers have won eight of 11 games (.727) at Ford Field against the Lions, the third-best winning percentage in the league among teams that have played four or more games at the stadium behind only Atlanta and Tampa Bay (both 3-1, .750).
- Green Bay has won the game leading into its Thanksgiving contest four of the last five times it has played on the holiday (2003, 2007, 2009, 2011).
- The Packers enter today’s game having won 14 of their last 17 regular-season games with one tie against NFC North foes. Green Bay’s .853 winning percentage in divisional contests over that span ranks No. 2 in the NFL behind only New England (.882, 15-2).
- Since 2006, Green Bay has a 34-11-1 (.750) regular-season record in NFC North contests (No. 2 in the NFL) and a 15-7 mark (.682) in divisional games on the road (No. 4 in the league).
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Bill Schuster (129), head linesman Wayne Mackie (106), line judge Jeff Seeman (45), field judge Bob Waggoner (25), side judge Mike Weatherford (116) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).
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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), DT Ryan Pickett (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor (special teams).
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