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Lions Offense Underwhelming, Packers In A Rout 34-12

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford sacked by Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly.

Thanksgiving Day seems to treat the Detroit Lions like redheaded stepchildren. Perhaps the Lions playing on the last Thursday of every November is a punishment for being perennially one of the worst teams in the NFL; I honestly don’t know. Thursday pitted the Green Bay Packers as they visited Ford Field to take on the Lions; and truth be told, this game wasn’t too much doifferent than previous games involving the Lions. Aaron Rodgers threw for 3 touchdowns, enabling Green Bay to embarrass Detroit 34-12.

The Lions struck first on a 1-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford, allowing Detroit to take their only lead of the game at 7-0 with 13:04 left in the opening period; the second quarter was all Green Bay as they scored three times – a 7-yard Rodgers-to-Donald Lee TD pass followed by a pair of Mason Crosby field goals (20 and 25 yards, respectively). The 13 unanswered points enhanced Green Bay’s advantage to 13-7, which they would take to their locker room at halftime.

The Packers piled it on in the third quarter as Rodgers would throw a pair of TD passes six minutes apart – a 7-yarder to Donald Driver and a 21-yard strike to James Jones with 38 seconds left in the period, giving Green Bay a 27-7 lead. Detroit would score twice on a safety by linebacker Jordan Dizon and a 22-yard Jason Hanson FG, putting the Lions to within 27-12; Charles Woodson would seal the deal for Green Bay as he intercepted a Stafford pass and returned it 38 yards for a score with 3:47 left in the contest.

Rodgers had an excellent outing as he went 28-of-39 for 348 yards and 3 TD’s while Stafford slumped compared to last week; he went 20-of-43 for 213 yards with a TD and 4 INT’s. Ryan Grant led the Packers rushing attack with 61 yards and catching 3 passes for 42 yards while the Lions were led by Kevin Smith with 43 yards and catching 4 passes for 46 yards.

Driver led all Packers receivers with 7 receptions for 142 yards and a TD while Greg Jennings caught 4 for 53 yards; Dennis Northcutt led the Lions receivers with 2 receptions for 51 yards while tight end Casey FitzSimmons caught 5 for 38 yards. Green Bay (7-4) plays again on Monday, December 7, when they host the Baltimore Ravens while Detroit (2-9) makes the short trip to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals on Sunday, December 6.

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