FINAL -- Green Bay Packers 35, Detroit Lions 17
1:48 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 31
Jordan Love in there to end this one.
3:07 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 9
D’Andre Swift still hurdling guys on 7-yard catches. Trinity Benson in on the fun, adds a 24-yard catch. No-huddle offense working.
Swift still getting after it, making moves on his way to a 16-yard catch-and-run. Third-and-short at the two-minute warning after another catch for Swift.
Fourth-and-3 with 1:55 left at GB’s 29 -- Goff deep shot hits the ground.
3:30 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 45
Aaron Rodgers still in there handing it off. Lions using timeouts. Third-and-2 -- Rodgers misses deep.
3:56 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 19
Jared Goff just took off for a 26-yard run. All right. Throws an interception on the next snap, and it’s going the other way. Free-agent addition De’Vondre Campbell with the interception. Ugly pick, terrible decision.
8:21 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 15
Great punt from Jack Fox for those in need of something positive. Rodgers rolls out, fakes a run, hits Davante Adams for a first down out of the gates.
Second-and-9 near midfield, about 5:30 left -- Rodgers hands to A.J. Dillon, who is running hard in relief of Jones. Will Harris gets in on the pressure party, sacks Rodgers on third down.
12:36 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 23
Lions facing an early third-and-3 -- Goff hits Hockenson right at the marker, gets the spot to move the chains. Delay of game down 18 points in the fourth makes it first-and-15. Another third-and-short near midfield -- the ball slips out of Goff’s hands. Brutal.
Green Bay Packers start second-and-7 on Detroit’s 20 --
Rodgers opens the final frame with another screen to the tight end. Tonyan moves the chains, sets them up with first-and-goal at the 10. A.J. Parker with a nice stop on a quick look for Davante Adams.
Third-and-goal at the 5 -- low look, defensive pass interference bails Rodgers out. Didn’t look catchable. Nonetheless. First-and-goal at the 1-yard line -- touchdown Jones.
Packers 35, Lions 17
:04 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on Detroit’s 22
:07 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25
Raining hard. Fumbled snap. Packers ball. Woof.
5:53 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 25
Rodgers misses a streaking MVS to open the drive. Nick Williams with a solid tackle for loss, but Rodgers gets the Lions for a first down by rushing to the line for the free play + 12 defenders on the field.
All the penalties -- 12 men on the field is followed by offensive holding which is followed by defensive pass interference. First-and-10 at midfield -- Rodgers throws one into coverage. Tracy Walker should’ve had the pick. Bad decision by Rodgers there, got away with one. Third-and-7 -- Rodgers rushes them to the line again with Lions defenders slow off the field. Hits Randall Cobb for the first down anyway. Packers milking the clock, now down near Detroit’s 10-yard line after another marvelous throw on the run by Rodgers. Davante Adams on the catch.
Rodgers to Jones, off the pick in the flats, touchdown. Lions linebackers having a subpar night.
Packers 28, Lions 17
10:26 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25
Jared Goff takes off with a 17-yard run on a zone-read fake keeper. Might have been some RPO there for the quarterback, nice play.
Third-and-1, Goff goes back to his good buddy in T.J. Hockenson, 15 yards into GB territory. Second-and-10 at GB’s 39 --delayed hand to Swift for a short gain after burning a timeout. Completion to Amon-Ra St. Brown on third-and-8 is just short of the markers. Offense looks to be staying on the field -- incomplete to Cephus. Tough look. Turnover on downs.
14:52 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 14
Here comes the rain. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones still working the check down party. First down, about an 11-yard gain.
Well, Aaron Rodgers finally went deep, and what a throw it was. Over the top of the safeties, 50 yards to Davante Adams. Lions rookie corner Ifeatu Melifonwu injured on the play. Bobby Price, a recently converted safety is in at corner. Rodgers threads the needle over the needle, my goodness, what a pair of throws on this drive. Hits tight end Robert Tonyan on the picture-perfect 22-yard touchdown.
Packers 21, Lions 17
HALFTIME: Lions 17, Packers 14
:03 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 25
1:46 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 41
D’Andre Swift takes the opening play 12 yards, nice play off the pitch. Already into enemy territory. Milking that clock, playing it safe, maybe a little too safe. Nevermind, that worked out, great protection, Goff stands tall and hits who else by T.J. Hockenson across the middle for 20 yards. Two timeouts left, Lions with first-and-10 at Green Bay’s 25-yard line.
Lions get 1 yard and then burn one of their two timeouts. Incomplete look makes it third-and-9 with 12 seconds -- Goff tosses one for Cephus, who nearly hauls it in with one hand falling into the end zone. Seibert from 43 -- gets a free miss to the right with the GB timeout. Hits the second.
Lions 17, Packers 14
7:15 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 44
Nice return by Kylin Hill, bounces off his teammate to take it 41 yards to the outside, hurdling Austin Seibert in the process. Packers cross midfield with another strong run from Aaron Jones. Lions safeties sitting deep, Packers running it at ease, Aaron Rodgers checking it down to Davante Adams. Packers chipping away, back inside the red zone.
Second-and-6 -- Rodgers drops one to Jones, who nearly takes it all the way. First-and-goal at the 1-yard line -- Rodgers and the offense seem pretty, pretty comfortable with the Lions safeties living deep. Packers have run it six of seven plays on this drive. Rodgers in the gun, Jones to his right, fake the hand but the quarterback missed it. No. 12 had him there. Rodgers with another fake, hits Jones in the flats. Easy touchdown there, not much resistance.
Packers 14, Lions 14
12:21 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 39
Jamaal Williams opens the drive with a 6-yard run. Jared Goff finds Jason Cabinda for 4 yards and a first down. The fullback gets in on the fun for the first time.
The Lions are driving into Green Bay territory, thanks to a facemask penalty. Goff got his facemask yanked, with the Lions flirting with the red zone. It’s first-and-10 from Green Bay’s 19 -- another nice fake from Goff on the end around, finds the shifty Kalif Raymond on the sideline who moves the chains. Offense looking strong.
Jared Goff and T.J. Hockenson continue to make magic, with the quarterback tossing a beautiful ball for the tight end. Hockenson gets behind the defense and makes an impressive 8-yard grab in the back of the end zone. That chemistry is real.
Lions 14, Packers 7
14:01 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 18
Ifeatu Melifonwu’s head knocks a deep shot away. Third-and-4 for the Packers here -- Rodgers in the gun, drops back, and gets sacked by Nick Williams. Pocket collapsed. A third-down sack by way of good coverage. Packers punt.
Detroit Lions start with second-and-20 on Detroit’s 40 -- Goff fakes the end-around, finds D’Andre Swift on the quick pass for 11 yards. Goff evades pressure, takes a shot, and nearly fumbles. A couple refs singled for a fumble, but that’s clearly an incomplete. Jack Fox time.
Drive was completely derailed by penalties, not even counting the questionable grounding call on third.
3:45 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25
Jared Goff checks down to Amon-Ra St. Brown out of the gates, adding 6 yards to make it second-and-short. D’Andre Swift with a nice move through the middle of the line, makes a couple guys miss to move the chains.
Goff getting the ball out quickly, teasing the no-huddle offense. Third-and-1 -- Williams up the gut, good for 2 or 3 yards to keep the drive rolling near midfield. Hockenson jumps offsides to make it first-and-15 after the conversion. Offensive holding drives the Lions further back, drawing frustration from the Manning brothers. (highly recommend the Manning broadcast on ESPN2, free plug)
First-and-25 -- Goff underneath to Cephus to end the quarter, getting some yards back.
10:36 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 25
Aaron Jones opens with two runs, with Will Harris wrangling him to the ground just short of the markers to make it third-and-1. Another for Jones, who beats everyone to the outside to move the chains.
Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connect for the first time, with the receiving curling and making a couple guys miss on the 18-yard reception. Lions safeties playing super soft, super deep. Adams will eat that up with those short catches in space. Lions rookie defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike on the field for the first time of his career this drive after an inactive in Week 1.
It’s second-and-12 from Detroit’s 38-yard line. Rodgers screen to Robert Tonyan for 19 yards down into the red zone. Lions got out of their base defense and sent some heat there. More ground and pound from Jones, making it first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. Jones takes a short little sweep pass from Rodgers around the edge for the easy touchdown. Long, methodical drive there to answer.
Packers 7, Lions 7
Rookie Ifeati Melifonwu indeed gets the start for Jeff Okudah at cornerback— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) September 21, 2021
15:00 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25
Jamaal Williams, the ex-Packers running back, gets the first touch, taking the carry for 1 yard. Kalif Raymond gets the first reception, flirting with a first down on the 8-yard catch. Third-and-1 -- Jared Goff hits Quintez Cephus downfield for 46 yards. Cephus might have gotten away with a little push, but that’s a big play for the offense. The Lions are rolling near the 10-yard line after a 9-yard look to T.J. Hockenson.
It’s first-and-goal at Green Bay’s 7-yard line after another run by Williams. Hello, Quintez Cephus. Shining on that drive. From the 46-yarder to getting both feet in/open in the end zone.
Lions 7, Packers 0
Peyton Manning says he's looking for the Lions to get Jared Goff going in the hurry up and quick huddle off the bat after finding success with that in the second half in Week 1.— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) September 21, 2021
Lions inactives: Edge Austin Bryant, RB Jermar Jefferson, CB/KR Corey Ballentine, WR Tyrell Williams, DL Kevin Strong
Packers inactives: TE Josiah Deguara, LB La’Darius Hamilton, OL Jake Hanson, DL Jack Heflin, CB Shemar Jean-Charles, S Vernon Scott
i">>Kalif Raymond, Tom Kennedy, Julian Okwara active for Lions in Green Bay; Austin Bryant out
The Detroit Lions are in primetime for the first time of the season, facing the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football from Lambeau Field. Both enter this one looking to get into the win column after disappointing starts to the season.
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2021 Team stats:
offensive ranking: Lions 25th
| Packers 32nd
defensive ranking: Lions 30th
| Packers 29th
Net yards gained per passing attempt: Lions 5.2 (25th)
| Packers 5.0 (27th)
Rushing yards per attempt: Lions 4.8 (7th) | Packers 2.9 (31st)
Points per game: Lions 33 (6th)
| Packers 3 (32nd)
Points allowed per game: Lions 41 (32nd)
| Packers 38 (30th)
Net yards allowed per passing attempt: Lions 11.5 (31st)
| Packers 7.2 (22nd)
Rushing yards allowed per attempt: Lions 4.7 (22nd)
| Packers 4.4 (20th)