Said Lions coach Jim Schwartz of his team’s 7-3 win, “It wasn’t pretty, but it was beautiful.”
Schwartz went out of his way to praise his right tackle, who was making his first professional start: “Before I get too far, I don’t think we can overlook the job that Corey Hilliard did on Clay Matthews. Clay Matthews is arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL, and Corey played outstanding. They looked for that matchup, they matched up against him most of the game, and Corey stepped in and did a great job.”
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh says no one should be surprised that Detroit won: “A lot of people forget that when we went to their house we only lost by two points.”
Stefan Logan, who has already made big contributions to the Lions this year as a return man, stepped up with some big plays at running back against the Packers.
Lions QB Drew Stanton only managed to hit Calvin Johnson for one completion, but it was a big one, for 44 yards.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, but it would be wrong to say that’s why the Lions won.
Flynn finished the game with a higher passer rating than Rodgers, and the Packers’ only score came after Flynn came in.
Said Packers coach Mike McCarthy of backup QB Matt Flynn, “I thought he did a good job. He managed the game very well. He was in some tough spots.”
The Packers’ defense continues to play well, even as the offense falters.
Matthews said he hopes his fellow Packers take Sunday’s loss as “a real wakeup call.”