PACKERS RETURN HOME TO PLAY THE LIONS
– The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions in their first home game in almost a month.
– The Packers have won 24 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans nine Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08), Jim Schwartz (2009-13) and Jim Caldwell (2014-present).
– The 23 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.
– 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. 172 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
– The Packers lead the regular-season series 95-67-7 (.586) and have won both postseason contests the two have played. Green Bay’s 95 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team.
– Green Bay has a 15-3 mark (.833) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with Pittsburgh (15-3 vs. Cleveland) for the second-best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006 (New England, 17-2 vs. Buffalo).
– Of the 15 wins over Detroit, nine have been decided by 10 points or more, including four by more than 20 points.
– The Packers have won 16 of the last 19 against Detroit and 24 of the last 29 in the series.
– QB Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to 10 wins in 12 games against the Lions, completing 229 of 336 passes for 2,947 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions with passer rating of 111.0.
– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating nine times against Detroit, including a rating of 139.6 in the Week 17 win over the Lions last season at Lambeau Field.
– Today will be the first of four consecutive games against divison opponents, including two against the Lions. All four games will take place in the span of 19 days.
– It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).
– The Packers have a 41-13-1 (.755) overall regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional mark that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006.
– Green Bay has won 22 of 27 NFC North games with one tie at home under McCarthy, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL since 2006.
– Today will be the fourth time the Packers have played at noon CST this season and it is the second-to-last time they are scheduled to play at noon CST (Week 17 vs. Minnesota).
– Green Bay has won 13 of its last 16 games in the regular season, including eight of the last 10.
– Rodgers leads the NFL in passer rating (138.0) and passing touchdowns (21) against division opponents since the start of the 2014 season (min. 100 pass att.).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won six consecutive games against division opponents. If Green Bay wins this week, it will be the second-longest winning streak against NFC North teams under McCarthy (12 regular-season games, 2011-12).
– Green Bay is looking to improve to 5-1 against NFC teams this season.
– The Packers are 13-4 against NFC teams since the start of last season. Green Bay’s .765 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 13 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (14-5).
– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 77-35-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-45).
– Since 2006, the Packers are 44-11-1 versus NFC teams at Lambeau Field during the regular season, including wins in each of the last nine games.
– Green Bay has won three of four home games this season by 10 or more points (10 vs. Seattle and Kansas City / 14 vs. St. Louis).
– The Packers are the only team in the NFL to be undefeated at home (13-0) since the start of the 2014 regular season (including playoffs).
– The Packers defense has 15 sacks and six interceptions in four home games this season. Green Bay’s 15 sacks at home are tied for No. 3 in the NFL this season.
– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one today, it would be the sixth time in the last nine seasons that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first nine games of the season.
– QB Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the 16th time during the regular season in his career last week at Carolina. If he records four again this week, it would be just the second time he has thrown four or more touchdowns in back-to-back games (Games 8-9 in 2011).
– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 34-6 against NFC teams at home during the regular season.
– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 87 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 114.0 against NFC North teams during the regular season.
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 19 of the last 24 regular-season games, including eight of the last 10. The Packers are 17-2 in those games.
– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 57 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 49, which would tie Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) for eighth place in franchise history.
– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in seven of the last 11 games. He has totaled eight touchdown receptions over that span.
– Jones has tied his career high (2013) with eight receptions of 25-plus yards this season.
– Dating back to 1978, TE Richard Rodgers’ four touchdown receptions this season are tied for the fifth most among Packers tight ends in the first eight games of a season (according to STATS LLC).
– Midway through his second season, Rodgers has six career receiving touchdowns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is tied (Jermichael Finley, 2008-09 / Rich McGeorge, 1970-71) for the second most by a Packers tight end in the first two seasons of his career, dating back to 1970 (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).
– LB Clay Matthews has 13 career games with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).
– LB Julius Peppers leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10 sacks in the last 12 games.
– Peppers has recorded a sack in five games this season, which is tied for No. 5 in the NFL (HOU J.J. Watt and NE Chandler Jones) behind DET Ezekiel Ansah, DEN DeMarcus Ware, CIN Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap (six each).
Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School…Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan…Packers WR Jeff Janis is from Tawas City, Mich., and is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Saginaw Valley State…Packers RBs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff from 2007-12…Lions DT C.J. Wilson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and went on play for Green Bay from 2010-13…Lions DT Khyri Thornton spent one season with Green Bay after being selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft…Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls…Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85…Packers LB Andy Mulumba played at Eastern Michigan…Packers LB Jake Ryan played at Michigan…Packers def. front asst. Jerry Montgomery coached the DL at Michigan from 2011-12.
WEARING THE STRIPES
Today’s officiating crew includes referee John Hussey (35), umpire Tony Michalek (115), head linesman Wayne Mackie (106), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Jimmy Buchanan (86), side judge Allen Baynes (56) and back judge Keith Ferguson (61).
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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), DB Micah Hyde (defense) and WR Jeff Janis (special teams).
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– Kickoff: Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. CT
– Click here for the Packers-Lions game center
– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.com. Packers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.
– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.
– ESPN Radio will air the game across the country. Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Mark Dominik (analyst) will call the action and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sidelines.
– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 709.
– FOX TV map, courtesy of 506sports.com:
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– The Packers finished with a 12-4 record and clinched their fourth straight NFC North title with a 30-20 win vs. Detroit on Sunday at Lambeau Field. It marks the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has won four straight division crowns.
– Green Bay clinched a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the NFC in the postseason, the third time the Packers have been the No. 2 seed since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.
– Green Bay finished 8-0 at home for just the second time in the last 12 seasons (also 2011). It marks only the Packers’ fifth 8-0 mark at home since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 (1996-97, 2002, 2011).
– Since the NFL went to a 17-week schedule in 1990, the Packers have not lost a Week 17 home game (now 12-0).
– The Packers have won 23 straight regular-season games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin, extending the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NFL history. Including a playoff victory in 1994, Green Bay has won 24 straight in Wisconsin against Detroit.
– The Packers finished the season with 486 total points, the second most in team history behind only the 560 scored in 2011. Green Bay’s 58 TDs on the season are the second most in a season in team annals (70 in 2011).
– The Packers finished with 318 points at home this season, becoming just the fourth team in NFL history to score 300-plus points at home in a season (2011 New Orleans, 329; 2011 Green Bay, 321; 2013 Denver, 316).
– Green Bay set a single-season franchise mark for fewest giveaways with 13, besting the mark of 14 in 2011.
– Green Bay set a single-season franchise record with 356 first downs on the season, surpassing the previous record of 354 first downs in 2004.
– The Packers finished with 6,178 total yards on the season, the fourth most in a season in team history. Four of the six 6,000-yard seasons have come under the direction (2009, 2011, 2013-14) of Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,408. It was the 309th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– McCarthy registered his 100th career win (including playoffs), joining Curly Lambeau (212) as the only coaches in team history with 100-plus victories. McCarthy has now coached the Packers to three seasons with 12-plus wins (regular season), the most in team annals.
– QB Aaron Rodgers finished the season with a passer rating of 112.2, his sixth consecutive season with a 100-plus rating (2009-14). No other QB in NFL history has had a streak of 100-rating seasons longer than four. Rodgers’ 112.2 passer rating was the second-best mark in a season in team history, trailing only his own rating of 122.5 in 2011.
– Rodgers extended two NFL records by bringing his streak at home to 418 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes without an INT.
– Rodgers (240 attempts) joined Patriots QB Tom Brady (241 attempts in 2003) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 200-plus passes at home in a season with no interceptions.
– Rodgers finished the season with five interceptions, the fewest by a Green Bay quarterback in a season (min. 200 attempts) since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978.
– Rodgers posted a 139.6 passer rating on Sunday, his career-high seventh game with a 120-plus rating (six in 2011).
– With 86 receiving yards, WR Jordy Nelson finished the season with 1,519 receiving yards, the most in a season in team history as he surpassed WR Robert Brooks’ mark of 1,497 in 1995.
– Nelson finished the season with 98 receptions, the fourth most in team history.
– Nelson (13 TDs) and WR Randall Cobb (12) became just the fifth wide-receiver duo in NFL history to both catch 12-plus TD passes in the same season.
– Cobb caught four passes to finish with 91 receptions on the season, becoming just the fifth player in team history to reach the 90-catch mark in a season.
– RB Eddie Lacy posted 126 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, extending his single-season franchise record by going over the 100-yard mark from scrimmage for the ninth consecutive game.
– Lacy finished the season with 1,139 yards to become just the fourth player in team history to register back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons (Jim Taylor, 1960-62; Ahman Green, 2000-04; Ryan Grant, 2008-09).
– With a 55-yard return for a TD in the first quarter, DB Micah Hyde tied the franchise career record for the most punt return TDs with three, matching the mark set by WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon.
– Hyde had two punt returns for TDs this season, becoming just the fifth player in team annals to return two or more punts for TDs in a season.
– The Packers finished with 152 rushing yards on 38 attempts (4.0 avg.), the most posted by a team vs. Detroit this season.
– Green Bay registered a sack in its 36th consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s NFC North title game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field:
Green Bay Packers
26 RB DuJuan Harris
31 CB Davon House
54 LB Carl Bradford
72 C Garth Gerhart
80 TE Justin Perillo
83 WR Jeff Janis
99 DT Bruce Gaston
17 QB Kellen Moore
24 DB Josh Thomas
74 G Rodney Austin
79 DE Larry Webster
84 WR Ryan Broyles
97 DT Caraun Reid
98 DT Nick Fairley
Note: #51 C Dominic Raiola was placed on Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner for Sunday’s game.
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PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY
Opening statement: “I’ll start with the obvious. (It was a) disappointing loss. We knew it was going to be a tough one coming in here today. I look at the game from our perspective as missed opportunities. I thought our defense played well with the three takeaways and really the time of possession got out of balance and I felt like we were worn down, particularly in the third quarter into the fourth. Offensively, we did not establish the run game particularly the way they were playing us on defense, so the specifics of that I’ll just see the video, we’ll answer all those questions, but I felt like we didn’t stay committed to the run and put a lot on Aaron (Rodgers) there in the second half. Maybe we should have given him the ball completely earlier. That’s something that I’ll look at and I’m sure you can write about. Special teams wasn’t really what I thought was going to be there either. Tough loss, but it’s Week 3. (We are) 1-2, we dropped our first division game and we will grow from this and learn from this and get ready for Chicago. With that I’ll take your questions.”
On what was wrong offensively: “I think the obvious, when you look at the run, you look at the protection and you look at the pass, you get in a one-dimensional game you’re playing uphill. Our inability to stay balanced was I thought the biggest obstacle that we encountered today.”
On something being off with RB Eddie Lacy: “I thought the fumble- I haven’t seen the video, I saw pictures and stills. I mean, there’s no excuse for that. That’s two weeks in a row we have a fumble on the first play and then we fumble the second play. It’s unacceptable. On top of it, it turns into seven points and we gave up nine points on offense.”
On attacking the Lions secondary: “I don’t think football is really that simple. I think you play to what you think your strengths are. The way we play on offense we take advantage of the defense. This game offensively was more about us not taking advantage of the defensive looks that they gave us.”
On QB Aaron Rodgers not being as sharp as he normally is: “Being on the other side I didn’t see the replay, but I felt that the call and the adjustment he made was definitely on and I think Jordy (Nelson) ran a good route. But I couldn’t tell you about his footwork, protection in the pocket or any of that.”
On what to do when Rodgers isn’t playing at the top of his game: “I mean, we have a lot of good players on offense. Obviously, our system of offense is built around making the quarterback successful. We’re not changing the way we approach the game of football and definitely not changing anything when it comes to Aaron Rodgers’ responsibility. So, I mean, I don’t have a grade for you today.”
On being confident in calling the entire playbook: “We’re confident calling the entire playbook. Once again, you call plays that are designed to give you the ability to play downhill based on the defensive call and that’s really what it’s about.”
On feeling as though they should have been able to run the ball better: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
On calling a run play again on their own one-yard line: “Absolutely, yeah.”
On how much the safety hurt: “Total momentum swing to back to Detroit. That’s a huge play for them. Big interception by Davon (House), obviously long time out just the way it came down. It definitely was a big play in the game.”
On the interception by CB Davon House being ruled differently: “I don’t have a replay, but based on what I saw live with the momentum and based on where he caught it, you don’t usually see those overturned like that. But I didn’t have a look at it.”
On mixing in more huddling into the no-huddle offense the team is running: “You’re talking about mechanics, whether you call plays, roll in every personnel or staying with a personnel, so that’s really not an issue. I liked the way the mechanics of how we game plan get the play in and this is more about execution and taking advantage of opportunities.”
On being surprised about the slow start to the season: “Yeah, no doubt. I thought our play style was high as it’s been. I was going off past training camp experiences, but you can’t really use. You have different opponents every year, you play two road games, so it’s a lot of different variables. I know the type of training camp we had the play style and quality of play was about as high as it’s ever been. We’re talking about really a different season in the preseason. These are the road games, the division games, the toughest games. Division games on the road are the toughest. New staff, new wrinkles and things like that, but we have no excuses, certainly me. This was not a good day for us.”
On if anything stood out on LB DeAndre Levy when game planning for the Lions: “I think Levy is clearly maybe their best or one of their best defensive players. I mean, we have a lot of respect for him and he’s been playing very well for a number of years. He’s starting to get the credit and the recognition that he deserves. He’s a hell of a football player.”
On football today being different than the past: “Yeah absolutely, football is different today than it was in 1993. Just look at the way it’s played, yeah definitely, it’s a different game. Back then you had a 265-pound middle linebacker that doesn’t exist anymore.”
On the way the defense has been playing: “Yeah, it’s definitely a group that got better. I mean, we had a slow start. It’s like you said, you kind of answered your own question. I thought that there was a lot of productivity, but at the end of the day we all get paid to play four quarters. They basically kept us going the first two and a half, three quarters.”
PACKERS QB AARON RODGERS
On the team’s offensive struggles: “Well, they have a good defense, you have to give them credit. Offensively, we didn’t make enough good adjustments to score more points. I had Jordy (Nelson) there for a touchdown on the last drive, but I just threw it behind him. So, that would have been double-digits there, but as well as our defense played today, we scored seven and we gave up nine with our offense, so they didn’t even need to score. Our defense did a good job and they held them to 10 points on defense. We should win that game.”
On how frustrating this game was: “Yeah, you score seven points, it’s frustrating. You’ve got to give that defense credit, they had their fourth nickel in there. They played a lot of two high and we were just never able to properly adjust.”
On if he feels something is missing on the offense: “Well, there’s a lot missing. There’s execution missing, we haven’t been able run the ball very well any of the three games and we just haven’t executed as well as we have in the past in the passing game.”
On if he had thought the team would be able to turn the game around at some point: “Yeah, I mean we had some negative yards plays, we had a safety, we had a fumble, we had sacks, so it’s hard to keep things going when you have negative yardage plays like that.”
On how he has performed in the first three games: “We haven’t been as sharp offensively. I haven’t been as sharp. It may be the standard I’ve set, but we’ve all got to do better. We’ve got to adjust better, we’ve got to throw better, we’ve got to catch it better and we’ve got to score points.”
On the team’s defense today: “Our defense was great. They were great. They gave us the ball back, kept us in the game, but we just didn’t execute on offense.”
PACKERS WR JORDY NELSON
On the 4th-and-5 play at the end of the game: “We got what we wanted. We had an opportunity to make a play and just weren’t able to connect on the throw. It’s not an easy game. Sometimes we make it look easier than what it is, but today was not easy at all. We had our opportunities and didn’t make enough plays.”
On scoring only seven points: “It’s just not being productive at all, at any point in the game. I think it’s more frustrating because our defense played extremely well. For whatever reason, we cannot get on the same page. Either we play well and they don’t, they play well and we don’t, we just can’t play a good game all over the place. So, we have to get to that point and improve. Our defense did a heck of a job and I feel bad for them because they battled. We gave up more points than what we scored as an offense, which is not good.”
On if it’s frustrating not being on the same page with QB Aaron Rodgers: “I don’t know if it’s frustrating, but it’s just a little surprising. But again like I said, the game is not easy. There are tight windows, there’s tough throws and there’s a lot that goes on. Sometimes we’ve made it look easier than what it really is and right now we’re just not clicking across the board. We had an opportunity and didn’t make a good play. We’ll move forward, get better and have that opportunity again next week.”
PACKERS RB EDDIE LACY
On his fumble: “It wasn’t good ball security on my behalf. I don’t know if it was knocked out or if I just had the ball too low and ran into the back of my lineman, but definitely a turnover is something that we don’t need.”
On the safety: “They definitely got great penetration. That’s pretty much what it is.”
On what the team has to do to get the running game going: “I don’t know, we just have to change our mindset. We had a few opportunities that, as backs, we didn’t take advantage of, whether we made the wrong read or tried to press too much. It’s a long season and we’re going to get it where we need it to be.”
On how tough it is only scoring seven points: “It’s tough because as an offense, we know we’re capable of putting up more points. It just didn’t happen today.”
PACKERS TE ANDREW QUARLESS
On what the difference was in the team this week compared to last week: “In the Jets week, we were really high-tempo in practice and we were pushing the ball. We kind of, I guess, slacked off a little bit this week and it shows.”
On how big of a factor the Lions defense was: “I think their defense did pretty good. Certainly, there were things we wanted to take advantage of, but we just never got them done.”
On what the offense is going to do to get back on track: “It starts Monday, it starts tomorrow. I definitely say practice. We’ve really got to get on the same page. We can’t afford to start slow, especially in division games. You’re not going to win like that.”
On if the team felt like things were starting to turn around in the second half: “It was different points in the game where we did have a little momentum. Any offense with good momentum is going to be able to score, but then we just weren’t finishing the drives. That’s a key thing we have to work on is really finishing drives. Not accepting punts or field goals. We need six points.”
PACKERS CB DAVON HOUSE
On assessing his performance: “It was good. I felt like I could have done more. There are still some things I need to work on. We’ll see what happens when I watch film.
On how he feels: “I feel good but I’ll be sore tomorrow for sure. We’ll see how the week pans out.”
On if getting some turnovers gives the team some satisfaction after a loss: “That part yes, that we got three turnovers, but I’d rather get no turnovers and win the game.”
On if Detroit’s secondary receivers were able to make plays after the defense limited WR Calvin Johnson: “I don’t know. We’ll see when we watch film. I’ll tell you that the defense did a great job. Detroit’s a high-scoring offense. Like you said, we held Calvin to 80-something yards. We’ll see what happens when we watch film.”
PACKERS LB CLAY MATTHEWS
On winning the turnover battle, but still losing the game: “I think statistics will show that any time you’re able to come up with three turnovers, and we’ve been shown the numbers before, usually the game is tilted in your favor. Unfortunately, it didn’t. We put ourselves in a deep hole and this time we weren’t at home to overcome that, obviously with the safety and the turnover on their part. There was some misfortune there with our interception on the one or the half yard line, whatever it may be, but ultimately we had it out there for us and we had every opportunity to come up with the win. We just didn’t, so it’s frustrating. Not the way we wanted to start this divisional play, but the reality is, we just have to get back to it and get ready to beat a good Chicago team.”
On the difference in the time of possession: “I think we didn’t make the plays when we needed to. I think early in the game we did a pretty good job, but you look at that last series in which they had three third downs and we had them in perfect position to get the ball back. I think in the first half we had a pretty good game, letting up just I think just a few big plays, but we were in the position we needed to be in. We just came up short.”
On not being able to finish the game as they had hoped: “Well, I think it’s our job. It doesn’t matter what it entails. The Jets game we were on the field for quite some time with the no-huddle offense in which they were throwing at us, same with Seattle. We’ve got to rise up to the occasion and we did for most of the game, but we have to finish better.”
PACKERS LB JULIUS PEPPERS
On how the defense is improving: “We’re improving but still have to get a little bit better. We still have to tackle a little better, still have to play a little faster, play a little harder and a little bit more physical. We’ll get there.”
On how much this loss hurts: “It hurts a lot. It’s still early in the season and we’re going to have time to get back in the standings, it’s only Week 3. But you know, you want to win all of them, so it hurts. We’re going to forget about it, come back tomorrow and get ready for Chicago.”
On if he felt tired after being on the field for 38 minutes: “Not really. We’re still out there playing hard.”
On if it was frustrating that they didn’t get more sacks: “No.”
On if they were satisfied with getting more pressure on QB Matthew Stafford: “No, we would have been satisfied with a win.”
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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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James from Freeport, IL
Does A.J. Hawk not fully strap his helmet on, because it always seems to come off at least one or two plays a game?
I don’t know. It happens a lot. Fans are troubled by it. It doesn’t bother me if it doesn’t bother him. It’s his head.
Bryan from Myrtle Beach, SC
Not a question, but that third-down completion by Rodgers to Nelson on the right sideline toward the end of the first quarter was a thing of beauty.
First, he had to have the mobility to scramble and buy time. Then he had to have the vision to see Nelson coming open late. Finally, Rodgers had to have the arm to throw a dart to Nelson while Rodgers was on the run. He is an amazing talent.
Toni from Dane, WI
So, do you think we will be the team with the ball at the end of the game?
You’re referring to my prediction the team with the ball last will win. I’ll stick with it.
Annie from Rose Lawn, WI
Is Starks in more now since the Lacy fumble or is that part of the game plan?
I think it was part of the game plan to get James Starks playing time, but I also think the Eddie Lacy fumble is playing into Starks’ playing time. Lacy is not in a groove. The concussion might be the cause, but we can’t know for sure.
Dave from Colorado Springs, CO
Vic, I asked this last week and I think it applies again. Another bad start for the Packers. When things happen that quickly in a game, does Coach McCarthy have to make adjustments immediately?
Not that quickly. You spend all week preparing and practicing a game plan; you don’t abandon it within the first few minutes of a game. Bad stuff happens. You have to be patient and trust your plan and your players.
Chad from Menasha, WI
Is your inbox about to explode about a Packers safety making an interception?
Seriously, 90 percent of the questions were about Ha Ha’s pick, until the safety. My inbox was a place of great celebration.
Todd from Knoxville, TN
Vic, that is why you have your best punt returner return punts, regardless of what else he does.
I agree. Randall Cobb’s 22-yard punt return was a thing of beauty in how he made the first guy miss and then set up his blocking until he hit the wall along the sideline. He’s too valuable returning punts for him not to do it.
Rebekah from Germantown, TN
The defense is looking pretty solid. How can offense improve in the second half?
The defense has been fantastic. They’ve kept the Packers in the game. If you’re looking for a positive, that’s it. If the Packers play defense like this all year, good things will result. The offense needs to find a rhythm. It’s trying a little of this and a little of that. It needs to find something that works and stick with it. Balance will come in time. Right now, just find a way to win.
Chenc from Calgary, Alberta
Vic, I’m all for aggressive play calling, however, I think that run at the 1-yard line after the interception was a little too aggressive. What are your thoughts?
Too aggressive or not aggressive enough? I’m not sure what you’re saying. What I can tell you is that somebody didn’t secure a gap. DeAndre Levy came late and unblocked. I saw Richard Rodgers bump into somebody. I have a feeling somebody miscounted a gap and didn’t slide over, or something to that effect.
Jeff from Sun Prairie, WI
Clay Matthews is playing like his hair is on fire. Are you surprised this is a defensive game so far?
Paul from LaPorte, IN
Vic, after the House interception, why did they blow the play dead and not allow for a return?
I think he elected not to come out of the end zone; Calvin Johnson grabbed House and House gave himself up. He was ruled down at the 1-yard line because he touched down there before sliding into the end zone. Think of that play as forward progress in reverse.
Evan from Eau Claire, WI
I hate how it feels like the Packers got penalized for getting an interception.
I call it throwing a punt. Not all interceptions are bad.
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DETROIT — The Packers defense has only given up a field goal through the first half, but nine points by Detroit’s defense have given the Lions a 12-7 lead at halftime on Sunday at Ford Field.
Detroit first broke the 7-all tie on defense. After Packers CB Davon House intercepted a deep pass intended for WR Calvin Johnson, the Packers thought they had a touchback. But after review, House was ruled to have completed the INT at the 1-yard line, and on the first play of the next drive, LB DeAndre Levy tackled RB Eddie Lacy in the end zone for a safety.
Following the free kick and a 34-yard return by Jeremy Ross to the Detroit 45, the Lions then tacked on a field goal to make it 12-7 with 6:06 left in the half. Lions QB Matthew Stafford converted three straight third downs with a pass to Johnson and two passes to RB Reggie Bush, but on third-and-goal from the 10, LB/DE Mike Neal sacked Stafford, forcing a 30-yard FG by K Nate Freese.
The Packers blew a chance for points after a 13-yard pass to WR Randall Cobb and a 15-yard run by RB James Starks, both on third down, got the ball inside the Detroit 40. But a false start on G Josh Sitton and a sack of QB Aaron Rodgers by DT Ndamukong Suh knocked the Packers out of FG range and forced them to punt at the two-minute warning.
The Lions appeared content to run out the clock, but the Packers called timeout with 17 seconds left when Detroit had third-and-7 from their own 25. Stafford then went deep to WR Corey Fuller, who caught it over CB Sam Shields, for a 52-yard gain that put Detroit in FG range. But Freese missed from 41 yards out on the final snap of the half.
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DETROIT–Green Bay and Detroit were tied, 7-7, following one quarter of play at Ford Field on Sunday.
The Packers won the toss and deferred. The Lions began their first possession at their 17-yard line and quickly moved the sticks with two running plays, but the Packers defense forced a punt and Randall Cobb returned it 22 yards to the Packers 37-yard line.
On Edddie Lacy’s second rushing attempt, he fumbled the ball and it was scooped up by defensive back Don Carey and returned 40 yards for a Lions touchdown with 12:02 to play in the first quarter, 7-0. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley stripped Lacy of the ball.
From their 32, the Lions began a drive midway through the quarter. Matt Stafford hit Golden Tate for 17 yards to the Packers 38 but, on third-and-15, a Stafford pass was tipped and intercepted by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Packers had the ball at their 41 with 3:46 left to play in the opening quarter. It was the first interception by a Packers safety since the 2012 season.
A quick throw to Jordy Nelson gained 14 yards to the Detroit 35. Two plays later, Aaron Rodgers scrambled and bought time before throwing to Nelson for 16 yards and a first down at the 20.
James Starks ran for 9 yards. On third-and-one, Rodgers found tight end Andrew Quarless in the back of the end zone for a game-tying touchdown with 39 seconds to play in the quarter.
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