By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter
The Detroit Lions came into Sunday night’s game hoping to end their 21 game losing streak against the Packers in Green Bay. After holding a first half lead, the Lions were frozen in Green Bay’s snowy second half weather, allowing the Packers to win 27-20 after an impressive comeback.
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled, completing 27 passes on 45 attempts for 264 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Stafford also accounted for a first quarter rushing touchdown on the Lions’ opening drive.
Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn’t much of a factor in the snowy conditions, completing only 14 passes on 24 attempts for 173 yards. It was the first time in 35 home games that he didn’t throw a touchdown.
The Lions’ running game was mildly successful, with the team accounting for 100 rushing yards in the first half. Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell both rushed for 49 yards each on 26 combined carries.
The Packers’ running game carried the team to their victory. Alex Green rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries, while DuJuan Harris rushed for 31 yards on seven carries. Rodgers also rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson continues his dominant play. He had ten receptions for 118 yards. Kris Durham, Stafford’s roommate at Georgia, had four receptions for 54 yards, including an incredible one-handed catch in the first half to set up their second touchdown.
Packers’ receiver Randall Cobb continues to be Rodgers’ main target this season. Cobb had seven receptions for 102 yards in the win.
With the loss, the Lions drop to 4-9 on the season. Not only does their losing streak at Lambeau Field increase to 22, but the Lions now become the seventh team to lose three straight games in which they’ve led by ten or more points. They are also guaranteed a losing season (sub .500 record).
The Lions travel to Phoenix this Sunday to take on the Arizona Cardinals. After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinals have lost nine straight games, including a 58-0 loss this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
The game can be seen this Sunday on FOX at 4:05 PM.