Detroit Lions (2-7) 18, Green Bay Packers (6-3) 16
Sunday November 15th 2015 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Matthew Stafford couldn't bear to watch with his team on the verge of another heartbreaking moment. Instead, the Detroit Lions held on for a signature win in the unlikeliest of places. Stafford threw for two touchdowns, and Detroit stopped a 24-game road losing streak against the Green Bay Packers with an 18-16 victory Sunday despite a late blunder by Calvin Johnson. "I bet nobody gave us a chance, but that's the way we like it," Stafford said. Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired after the Packers recovered an onside kick that was mishandled by Johnson with about 31 seconds left. Detroit (2-7) had stopped Green Bay on a 2-point conversion attempt after Aaron Rodgers hit Justin Perillo for an 11-yard touchdown pass on the previous drive. Backup cornerback Crezdon Butler, signed from the practice squad on Friday, stuck a hand in front of Davante Adams to break up the conversion try. A nervous Stafford said he couldn't watch that play. He threw for 242 yards for the league-worst Lions, an organization that had been reeling following the midseason firings of the team president and general manager. "We don't really care who gives us a chance, because we feel good about ourselves in that locker room and we know what we're about," Stafford said. The Packers (6-3) lost their third straight game, but this was a new low after their two previous defeats came on the road to Super Bowl contenders Denver and Carolina. "We dropped one today that we felt we had a very good opportunity to win," coach Mike McCarthy said. A sluggish game filled with three-and-outs turned into a thriller in the fourth quarter. The Lions barely held on for their first road win against Green Bay since 1991. Matt Prater missed two extra points, but also hit field goals from 49 and 51 yards. "To be able to come in here and get a win is pretty special," coach Jim Caldwell said. Rodgers was 35 of 61 for 333 yards, but wasn't at his best. Receivers including Randall Cobb and Adams had a few drops. Green Bay finally got into the end zone when Rodgers found tight end Richard Rodgers for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 5:55 left. Lance Moore's 4-yard touchdown reception increased Detroit's lead to 18-10, and the Lions held off the Packers following Perillo's score. It has been a precipitous decline for a quick-strike offense that was once the envy of the NFL. The Packers' running game stalled, with James Starks gaining just 42 yards on 15 carries against the league's 26th-ranked defense. "This isn't easy," McCarthy said. "And frankly, if we spoiled you in the past, that's great. We're looking forward to spoiling you again in the future." Even Crosby's 44-yard field goal in the first quarter needed a little luck after glancing off the left upright but over the crossbar. Otherwise, a Detroit defense without linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Rashean Mathis for the year frustrated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for much of the afternoon. "We played physical," Butler said. "We wanted to control (Rodgers) so we brought pressure and we were in their faces." The win could ease the pressure, at least for the time being, on Caldwell. Besides the turnover at the top of the organization, the Lions also fired their offensive coordinator and two line coaches a few weeks ago. The Lions didn't accomplish much against the Packers' rejuvenated defense until the fourth quarter. But the Packers were just as bad until the final few minutes. Protection was spotty. Rodgers made some uncharacteristically shaky throws. "We had some opportunities, I missed some throws and we missed some opportunities to convert and put some more points on the board," Rodgers said. "We needed 19 points to win today. You would expect us at home to score 19."
NOTES: Detroit hadn't defeated Green Bay on the road since a 21-17 victory on Dec. 15, 1991...Johnson, who was listed as questionable coming into the game with an ankle injury, finished with six catches for 81 yards...Ameer Abdullah's 104-yard kickoff return to open the second half set up Stafford's 2-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew with 13:33 left in the third quarter...Packers LT David Bakhtiari left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury...The Packers' pass rush generated better pressure on Stafford, but still went a third straight game without recording a sack.
                           DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                     16            22
Rushes-yards                 26-45         18-47
Net Passing yards              242           325
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     38-24-1       61-35-0
Sacked-Yards Lost              0-0           3-8
Punts-Average               7-42.4        9-41.3
Fumbles                        1-0           1-0
Penalties-Yards               3-35          5-55
Time of Possession           30:40         29:20
DETROIT   -  0   3   6   9  - 18
GREEN BAY -  3   0   0  13  - 16
1st - GB - Mason Crosby, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - DET - Matt Prater, 49-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - DET - Brandon Pettigrew, 2-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Kick failed) DETROIT 9-3
4th - DET - Prater, 51-yard field goal DETROIT 12-3
4th - GB - Richard Rodgers, 4-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Crosby kick) DETROIT 12-10
4th - DET - Lance Moore, 4-yard pass from Stafford (Kick failed) DETROIT 18-10
4th - GB - Justin Perillo, 11-yard pass from Rodgers (Pass failed) DETROIT 18-16
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - James Starks 15-42, Aaron Rodgers 2-8, Randall Cobb 1-(-3)
DETROIT - Joique Bell 14-17, Ameer Abdullah 5-15, Golden Tate 1-11, Matthew Stafford 2-1, Theo Riddick 3-1, Michael Burton 1-0
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 61-35-333 2 TD
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford 38-24-242 2 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Davante Adams 10-79, James Starks 6-54, Justin Perillo 5-58 1 TD, Randall Cobb 5-53, Richard Rodgers 5-32 1 TD, Jared Abbrederis 4-57
DETROIT - Calvin Johnson 6-81, Golden Tate 4-52, Eric Ebron 4-28, Lance Moore 3-29 1 TD, Theo Riddick 3-25, Joique Bell 2-18, Ameer Abdullah 1-7, Brandon Pettigrew 1-2 1 TD
Detroit Lions' Josh Bynes celebrates after the Green Bay Packers failed to convert a two-point conversion during the second half (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Green Bay Packers' Mason Crosby misses a field goal attempt at the end of the game (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota    7   2   0   .778   198  154
GREEN BAY    6   3   0   .667   219  185
Chicago      4   5   0   .444   199  234
Detroit      2   7   0   .222   167  261
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday November 15th
Minnesota 30, OAKLAND 14 - Adrian Peterson ran for 203 yards and a touchdown in his record-tying sixth career 200-yard game, Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kick 97 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings took over sole possession of first place in the NFC North by beating the Oakland Raiders 30-14 on Sunday. Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown pass, and the Vikings (7-2) held the Raiders' potent offense in check for their fifth straight win. Minnesota moved a game ahead of Green Bay in the division heading into next week's showdown at home with the Packers. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes for the Raiders, but also was intercepted twice. Oakland (4-5) lost its second straight game to fall further behind in the AFC playoff race.
Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah took a kickoff 104 yards down to the Packers half-yard line to open the second half. Packers cornerback Micah Hyde tackled him, which was a terrific play on his part to stay with the play and track Abdullah down.
Chicago 37, ST. LOUIS 13 - Zach Miller caught two touchdown passes and rookie Jeremy Langford also had two TDs, leading the Bears to a 37-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Bears (4-5) improved to 3-1 on the road after their top offensive showing. They brought thousands of fans to the Edward Jones Dome, which had a season-best 58,663 tickets distributed. Langford was untouched on an 83-yard TD on a screen and also had a 6-yard scoring run. The running back, filling in for the injured Matt Forte, had seven catches for 109 yards and 73 yards on 20 carries. Todd Gurley had a 6-yard scoring run on the opening drive for the Rams (4-5), who have lost two straight since entering November with a winning record for the first time since 2006.