Green Bay Packers (4-1) 35, Detroit Lions (1-4) 14
Sunday October 1st 1978 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Terdell Middleton rushed for 148 yards, 76 on a third-quarter touchdown scamper, and David Whitehurst fired scoring passes covering 43 and 19 yards to Aundra Thompson to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 35-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. Whitehurst also ran 1 yard for a touchdown and completed 14 of 18 passes for 230 yards. His 43-yard pass to Thompson in the second period scored what proved to be the decisive touchdown, as the Packers, 4-1 for the first time since 1972, led 21-0. The punchless Lions (1-4) saw quarterbacks Greg Landry and Gary Danielson sacked six times for 50 yards in losses. Ezra Johnson was in on four of the sacks The Packers took a 7-0 lead on Barty Smith's 1-yard scoring run, set up by James Lofton's 15-yard run on a reverse. Whitehurst's sneak made it 14-0 early in the second quarter and capped a 64-yard march sparked by runs of 15 and 25 yards by Middleton. Whitehurst's 43-yard pass to Thompson provided a 21-0 halftime lead.
DETROIT   -  0  0  7  7 - 14
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7  7 - 35
                         DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                   14            16
Rush-yards-TDs          31-126-0      32-221-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 14-25-151-2-1 15-20-261-2-2
Sacked-yards                6-50           0-0
Net pass yards               101           261
Total yards                  227           482
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           3-2
Turnovers                      1             4
Penalties-yards             9-73         11-92
SCORING
1st - GB - Smith, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Whitehurst, 1-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Thompson, 43-yard pass from Whitehurst (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
3rd - DET - Luther Blue, 12-yd pass from Gary Danielson (Benny Ricardo kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Middleton, 76-yard run (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
4th - GB - Thompson, 19-yard pass from Whitehurst (Marcol kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
4th - DET - Freddie Scott, 42-yard pass from Danielson (Ricardo kick) GREEN BAY 35-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 11-148 1 TD, Nate Simpson 7-27, Barty Smith 9-24 1 TD, James Lofton 1-15, Jim Culbreath 2-5, David Whitehurst 2-2 1 TD
DETROIT - Dexter Bussey 14-59, Horace King 11-43, Gary Danielson 2-14, Rick Kane 3-6, Lawrence Gaines 1-4
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 18-14-230 2 TD 2 INT, David Beverly 1-1-31, James Lofton 1-0-0
DETROIT - Greg Landry 8-6-38, Gary Danielson 17-8-113 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Barty Smith 4-35, Aundra Thompson 3-111 2 TD, Terdell Middleton 2-38, Rich McGeorge 2-19, James Lofton 2-14, Eric Torkelson 1-31, Nate Simpson 1-13
DETROIT - Freddie Scott 3-58 1 TD, Dexter Bussey 3-24, Jesse Thompson 2-20, David Hill 2-19, Horace King 2-9, Luther Blue 1-12 1 TD, Rick Kane 1-9