Line judge Mark Steinkerchner, center, yells at Green Bay Packers cornerback Pat Lee (22) after Lee was flagged for a play against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. Corey Wilson/Press-Gazette
Rants and raves from Thursday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. The Packers won 27-15.
Rant: What was the Lions' Ndamukong Suh thinking when he stomped Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith in the third quarter and drew a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty? Suh was ejected from the game and the Packers wound up scoring a touchdown because of the boneheaded play. Perhaps the worst part of the entire episode was Suhís lame explanation that his kick wasnít intentional. Replays clearly contradicted his version of the penalty.
Rave: The Packers rarely beat themselves with costly turnovers. It was another clean game, with no fumbles lost and no interceptions. They will be hard to beat if they continue to minimize their mistakes.
Rant: Packers cornerback Pat Lee was ejected and penalized 15 yards for throwing a punch on a second-quarter punt return. What the officials didnít see was that Lee was punched before his infraction and was mauled by a pair of Lions players. But it always seems to be the player throwing a punch in retaliation that gets caught. Lee must learn to maintain his composure.
Rave: Andrew Quarless rushed up the middle and appeared to get a piece of a punt by Ben Graham in the first quarter. The ball wound up traveling 29 yards and out of bounds. All in all, it was a solid day on special teams for the Packers.
Rant: The officials made a terrible pass interference call on Greg Jennings in the second quarter. Jennings might have laid his pinkie finger on the defender but didnít come close to interference. The call nullified a 17-yard completion to Jennings for a first down, plus a roughing-the-passer penalty by Kyle Vanden Bosch on Aaron Rodgers.
Rave: Robert Francois has been relegated mostly to the inactive list this season. But when inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop were injured, Francois made an impressive interception of Matthew Stafford on a pass over the middle in the third quarter. The Packers scored on a 65-yard TD pass on the next play to go ahead 21-0 and all but put the Lions out of their misery.
Rant: The Packers struggled on third-and-short-yardage situations in the first half. A third-and-2 pass was incomplete. A third-and-3 pass gained 2 yards. A third-and-1 pass was incomplete. All led to punts. All told, the Packers converted just two of nine times on third down.
Rave: Ryan Pickett tipped a Stafford pass up in the air and Clay Matthews was there for the second-quarter interception that gave the Packers possession at the Lionsí 13 and set up the Packersí first touchdown.
Rant: Was it really necessary for the Ford Field scoreboard to implore fans to make noise? Couldnít they figure that out on their own?
Rave: Packers coach Mike McCarthy wisely accepted a first-quarter holding penalty on the Lions rather than decline it and give them a chance on fourth down for a 48-yard field goal. McCarthyís faith in his defense was rewarded when on third-and-15 a Stafford pass fell incompete and the Lions were forced to punt.
Rant: Rant: Nashville recording artist and "American Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina mangled the words to the national anthem worse than Christina Aguilera did at the Super Bowl.
Rave: Music buffs who donít care for Nickelback had to endure just one song during their so-called halftime show. Was it worth the effort to bring out a stage and hundreds of dancers for one song?
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