GREEN BAY–The Packers evened their record at 2-2 and moved to within a half game of the NFC North lead by defeating the Detroit Lions, 22-9, at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears were losing to the undefeated New Orleans Saints, leaving the Bears and Lions tied for the NFC North lead at 3-2 each.
Mason Crosby’s 42-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave the Packers a 19-3 lead and further stressed a Lions offense playing without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and struggling to score points. The game came down to a fourth-and-three play from the Packers 30-yard line. Matt Stafford’s pass fell incomplete, killing whatever realistic chance the Lions had of mounting a rally.
Crosby would later add a 45-yard field goal, after it was ruled James Jones had not completed what was originally ruled to have been a 27-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jones. The Packers defense dominated the game, holding Stafford under 200 yards passing prior to “garbage time.” Stafford cut the deficit with a late touchdown pass.
Rodgers came to life in the second half and finished the game having thrown for yards 274 yards and a touchdown. The Packers came within a yard of having produced a 100-yard rusher for the third consecutive game. Eddie Lacy finished the game with 99 yards rushing.
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