The Green Bay Packers fumbled the opening kickoff today in Detroit, and the Lions capitalized with a quick touchdown to go up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.
And then the Packers proceeded to dominate the rest of the way, winning 34-12.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was outstanding, completing 28 of 39 passes for 348 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Packers are now 3-1 when Rodgers throws for at least 300 yards, and NFL teams are 46-21 this season when their quarterbacks pass for 300 yards, the highest winning percentage for teams with 300-yard passers in at least 20 years.
Rodgers’ favorite receiver was Donald Driver, who had seven catches for 142 yards and a touchdown. On defense, cornerback Charles Woodson had a big day for the Packers, picking off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford twice, returning one for a touchdown, and also recording a sack and having a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
It was a four-interception game from Stafford in a loss that dropped the Lions to 2-9 and clinched their ninth consecutive losing season. Stafford has shown promise as a quarterback who might finally turn the Lions into winners, but they’re not there yet.
The Packers, however, are looking like a playoff team. At 7-4 they’re leading the NFC wild card race, and as they head into December, they’re going to be a tough team to beat.