By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter
The Detroit Lions were on the verge of a statement win against the rival Green Bay Packers, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers had other ideas, leading his Packers to a 24-20 comeback victory in Detroit on Sunday.
Rodgers played well, completing 19 passes on 27 attempts for 236 yards. He also added a pair of passing touchdowns as well as an interception.
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled under the Packers’ heavy defensive pressure, completing 17 passes on 39 attempts for 266 yards and a touchdown. Stafford accounted for three turnovers against the Packers defense; He had one fumble and two interceptions.
The Lions went back to the running game against the Packers. Mikel Leshoure rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries, including a first half touchdown.
Running back James Starks was a big factor in the Packers’ offense against Detroit. Starks rushed for 74 yards on 25 carries, averaging three yards per carry, chipping away at the defensive line.
Lions’ wide receiver Calvin Johnson continued his hot streak. Johnson had five receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. He leads the league with six games with at least 100 receiving yards this season.
Packers’ wide receiver Randall Cobb had nine receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. He now has 500 yards on the season.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley anchored the Lions’ defensive front against the Packers. He played what many have dubbed as his best game as a pro, accounting for seven tackles, including two sacks.
This game featured two teams going in two different directions. The Packers have won five straight games, while the Lions’ season is crumbling.
With the loss, the Lions drop to 4-6 on the season, remaining in last place in their division. Their hopes of a return to the playoffs are fading fast with each loss. If the Lions want to make the playoffs, their only hope is to nearly win the next 10 games.
The Lions welcome the 9-1 Houston Texans to Detroit for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. The game can be seen Thursday at 12:00 PM on FOX.