Green Bay Packers 27, Detroit Lions 20: How they scored

Dec. 10, 2012

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter of Sunday night's game at Lambeau Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media


Scoring plays from Sunday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 27-20.

Detroit 7 7 3 3 — 20
Green Bay 0 10 7 10 — 27

First quarter

Lions 7, Packers 0

Matthew Stafford, 4-yard run (Jason Hanson kick), 7:16.

Keys: The Packers stuck strictly to their nickel defense, which the Lions responded to by heavily running the ball, including a 22-yard reverse to wide receiver Mike Thomas on first-and-10 from the Packers’ 35 to get into scoring territory. The Packers stuffed Mikel Leshoure on third-and-1 from 3, but Detroit went for it on fourth down with Stafford faking the handoff to Leshoure, then running left on a bootleg uncontested into the end zone after Frank Zombo lost containment.

Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 7:44.

Second quarter

Lions 14, Packers 0

Tony Scheffler, 3-yard pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 12:47.

Keys: The Packers remained in nickel with only four defensive linemen and could not find an answer for the Lions, who saw only one third down on the drive. The biggest play came on a Stafford pass along the sideline to Kris Durham, who caught it with one hand over the coverage of Davon House for a 27-yard gain. Two plays later, Stafford hit Schleffer on a quick slant for a touchdown.

Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 5:48.

Lions 14, Packers 3

Mason Crosby, 49-yard field goal, 10:52.

Keys: Randall Cobb had a 29-yard return to give the Packers the ball at their 38 before Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for 27 yards on the first play of the drive after Jennings snuck behind the Lions’ zone. James Jones had his first drop of the year off a wide receiver screen before Alex Green ran for 12 yards on second-and-18 to set up Crosby’s kick.

Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 1:55.

Lions 14, Packers 10

Mike Daniels, 43-yard fumble recovery (Crosby kick), 6:15.

Keys: With the Lions building momentum on their third drive, Stafford whiffed a throw on first down with the Lions spread out and no one in the backfield. A pursuing Daniels picked up the fumble, avoided a would-be tackle by Gosder Cherilus to take it in for the score.

Third quarter

Packers 17, Lions 14

Rodgers, 27-yard run (Crosby kick), 11:54.

Keys: The Packers opened the drive with four completions, but benefited from a roughing-the- passer call off a free play. Facing third-and-4 from the Lions’ 27, the pocket collapsed on Rodgers, who avoided the sack and bootlegged right for the team’s longest touchdown run of the season and the longest of Rodgers’ career.

Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:06.

Packers 17, Lions 17

Jason Hanson, 46-yard field goal, 8:57.

Keys: On third-and-7, Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 19-yard gain across the middle, but in making the tackle safety Morgan Burnett was flagged for a personal foul making contact to Johnson’s head that gave the Lions the ball at the Green Bay 36.

Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 2:57.

Fourth quarter

Packers 24, Lions 17

DuJuan Harris, 14-yard run (Crosby kick), 10:45.

Keys: The Packers ran the ball on seven straight plays, including Ryan Grant’s 13-yard effort on his first carry of his second stint in Green Bay. Harris finished the drive with back-to-back runs to give Green Bay the lead.

Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 4:04.

Packers 27, Lions 17

Crosby, 41-yard field goal, 4:02.

Keys: Rodgers fired a 38-yard completion to Randall Cobb to get into scoring territory and give the wide receiver his second 100-yard receiving game of the season.

Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 3:09.

Packers 27, Lions 20

Hanson, 34-yard field goal, 0:07.

Keys: The Lions drove down the field with the Packers playing back in zone and protecting against the touchdown. The Lions opted to go for a Hanson field goal, but then failed to retrieve the ensuing kickoff.

Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 1:52.

Attendance: 70,382.

— Weston Hodkiewicz, whodkiew@greenbay

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