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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