News now! Lions kick late FG to tie score at halftime

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 15, 2015 – 1:31 pm

151115-q2-in-game-updates-650GREEN BAY — Lions K Matt Prater’s 49-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the first half tied Sunday’s game with the Packers at Lambeau Field, 3-3 at intermission.

The Packers defense started the second quarter by holding the Lions to a 3-and-out for the third time in four possessions. After the punt, Green Bay’s offense was backed up to its own 7, but WR Davante Adams made a one-handed catch on a slant to pick up one first down, and then the Packers overcame a sack of QB Aaron Rodgers with a 9-yard run by RB James Starks and a 9-yard scramble by Rodgers, on which he pointed for Starks to block the Lions safety, barely allowing him to get the first down.

Rodgers then hit WR Jared Abbrederis on the next third down for a 16-yard gain to move the chains again and get the Packers across midfield, but the drive stalled there. P Tim Masthay’s punt was downed by rookie CB Quinten Rollins at the Detroit 3-yard line.

Detroit moved out of the hole with a 13-yard pass to WR Calvin Johnson, as Packers CB Damarious Randall injured his groin on the play and left the game. The Lions then converted on fourth-and-short on their own 41 with a QB sneak by Matthew Stafford, and on the next snap, Packers DE Datone Jones was called for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Stafford after a handoff, moving the Lions across midfield for the first time in the game.

Detroit’s drive stalled after a holding penalty, though, forcing the Lions to punt with 1:38 left in the half. The Lions downed the punt at the Green Bay 5-yard line. The Packers went 3-and-out and had to punt the ball back to the Lions, who took over on their own 47 with 45 seconds left.

Stafford hit Johnson for 19 yards to start the drive and then WR Golden Tate caught a 3-yard pass to get the ball to the Green Bay 31. A deep ball for Johnson in the end zone was incomplete on third down, setting up Prater from 49 yards out.

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