NFL Twitter legitimately couldn’t believe the Packers found a way to lose to the Lions as Green Bay’s troubles reached new levels.
Both the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions were in free fall coming into Sunday’s game. The Lions found a handhold. The Packers kept plummeting.
Aaron Rodgers threw three interceptions while completing just 53 percent of his passes. NFL Twitter was ready to send him into retirement by halftime.
Detroit’s defense stepped up to limit the Packers to just nine points. They stopped them short on three fourth-down conversion attempts and held them scoreless in the red zone.
Those who watched the game still looked at the 15-9 scoreline at the final whistle and almost couldn’t comprehend it had happened.
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Much of the attention after the game was paid to the Packers’ futility but there were those who just wanted to celebrate the Lions’ accomplishment.
Jared Goff and the Lions offense weren’t always pretty but they came away with points in a timely fashion. Shane Zylstra scored the first touchdown of the game with 15 seconds left in the first half on a one-yard pass from Goff. The quarterback then successfully pulled off a two-point conversion to Jamaal Williams
The decision to go for two put pressure on the Packers to respond. When they finally hit paydirt in the third quarter courtesy of Allen Lazard’s 20-yard touchdown, Green Bay also attempted a two-point play but it didn’t come off.
That made Detroit’s touchdown on the very next drive all the more important. Goff tacked on a three-yard score to James Mitchell at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Green Bay’s attempts to close the gap were futile. They had to settle for a field goal at the end of a 14-play, eight-minute drive. They got the ball back with two minutes to play and Rodgers got the offense to the Detroit 17 but his final fourth-and-10 attempt fell incomplete to end the game.