Detroit Lions (4-4) 31, Green Bay Packers (2-6) 17
Sunday October 25th 1981 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - Detroit QB Eric Hipple ran for two touchdowns, including the clincher with 1:54 remaining in the game, and passed for another as the Lions defeated the Packers 31-27. The Packers had fought back to take a 27-24 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Gerry Ellis with 5:52 left in the fourth quarter. However, Hipple drove the Lions right back 76 yards in 12 plays - including a clutch 38-yard completion to Leonard Thompson at the 9 - to regain the lead with a 5-yard quarterback draw play on third and goal. Hipple, who completed 20 of 37 attempts for 271 yards, ran 6 yards for a first-period touchdown and passed l yard to tight end David Hill for a TD in the second period. Rick Kane, subbing for the injured Billy Sims for the second straight week, scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter and Eddie Murray booted a 37-yard field goal for the Lions, now 4-4. Lynn Dickey bounced back from his neck injury, but then was forced from the game early when he was speared in the back by William Gay. The Lions DE was fined $2,000 for the hit. 
GREEN BAY -  7  3 10  7 - 27
DETROIT   -  7 10  7  7 - 31
                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT
First downs                   23            24
Rush-yards-TDs           21-75-1      38-171-3
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-43-340-2-1 20-36-271-1-1
Sacked-yards                3-33          4-33
Net pass yards               307           238
Total yards                  382           409
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           4-1
Turnovers                      3             2
Penalties-yards             5-47          9-75
SCORING
1st - DET - Eric Hipple, 6-yard run (Eddie Murray kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - GB - Lofton, 75-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Stenerud, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - DET - Murray, 37-yard field goal TIED 10-10
2nd - DET - David Hill, 1-yard pass from Hipple (Murray kick) DETROIT 17-10
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 39-yard field goal DETROIT 17-13
3rd - DET - Rick Kane, 2-yard run (Murray kick) DETROIT 24-13
3rd - GB - Ellis, 46-yard pass from Whitehurst (Stenerud kick) DETROIT 24-20
4th - GB - Ellis, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 27-24
4th - DET - Hipple, 5-yard run (Murray kick) DETROIT 31-27
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 11-32 1 TD, David Whitehurst 2-21, Terdell Middleton 4-14, Harlan Huckleby 4-8
DETROIT - Rick Kane 21-80 1 TD, Vince Thompson 6-44, Eric Hipple 5-20 2 TD, Dexter Bussey 5-20, Mark Nichols 1-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 7-4-97 1 TD, David Whitehurst 36-20-243 1 TD 1 INT
DETROIT - Eric Hipple 36-20-271 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 7-89 1 TD, Harlan Huckleby 6-41, Paul Coffman 5-73, James Lofton 2-98 1 TD, John Jefferson 2-26, Terdell Middleton 1-7, Ron Cassidy 1-6
DETROIT - David Hill 9-98 1 TD, Leonard Thompson 2-65, Freddie Scott 2-45, Dexter Bussey 2-18, Rick Kane 2-16, Horace King 2-12, Vince Thompson 1-17