Green Bay Packers (1-0) 13, Detroit Lions (0-1) 7
Sunday September 3rd 1978 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - Barty Smith plunged one yard for a touchdown 3:52 into the second half and the Green Bay Packers held off the Detroit Lions the rest of the way to score a 13-7 victory in an NFL season opener. RB Dexter Bussey dashed five yards for Detroit's only touchdown with 2:10 left in the third quarter but the Lions failed to catch up to the dismay of their smallest season opening crowd in four years, 51,187 fans. Green Bay's defensive line, led by ends Ezra Johnson and Mike Butler, penetrated Detroit's young offensive line repeatedly, sacking veteran quarterback Greg Landry eight times and dumping him for 76 yards in losses to spoil the debut of Lions' Coach Monte Clark. Chester Marcol kicked first-quarter field goals of 41 and 23 yards for the Packers, who have opened on the road five times in the last 30 years and won them all.
GREEN BAY -  6  0  7  0 - 13
DETROIT   -  0  0  7  0 -  7
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                   16            11
Rush-yards-TDs          55-181-1       26-82-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT    3-9-31-0-0 10-19-116-0-1
Sacked-yards                 0-0          8-76
Net pass yards                31            40
Total yards                  212           122
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           3-0
Turnovers                      0             1
Penalties-yards             8-40          9-31
SCORING
1st - GB - Marcol, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Marcol, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
3rd - GB - B. Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - DET - Dexter Bussey, 5-yard run (Benny Ricardo kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 28-91, Barty Smith 18-54 1 TD, Nate Simpson 5-14, Aundra Thompson 1-13, David Whitehurst 3-9
DETROIT - Dexter Bussey 13-51 1 TD, Horace King 6-11, Luther Blue 1-10, Greg Landry 3-8, Rick Kane 1-3, Lawrence Gaines 2-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 9-3-31
DETROIT - Greg Landry 19-10-116 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Aundra Thompson 1-17, James Lofton 1-10, Barty Smith 1-4
DETROIT - David Hill 5-64, Horace King 2-30, Freddie Scott 1-13, Luther Blue 1-9, Dexter Bussey 1-0