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Packers come back to win in Detroit

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It wasn’t easy for the Packers on Sunday in Detroit. But they’ll take it.

Green Bay struggled with penalties and missed field goals and trailed most of the game against the Lions, but in the end an Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to take the lead, and the Packers would go on to win 24-20.

The win improves the Packers to 7-3 and keeps them in the hunt in the NFC North, while the Lions fall to 4-6, effectively ending any slim playoff hopes they might have had.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby really struggled, with a couple of missed field goals that were so off-kilter they looked like the wind took them — which is never a good sign when you’re playing in a dome. But Crosby did hit a 39-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in the game.

And Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled even more, throwing two interceptions (one of which M.D. Jennings returned 72 yards for a touchdown) and losing a fumble. Stafford routinely missed open receivers and had several miscues when trying to hit Calvin Johnson, who had 139 receiving yards and a touchdown but left many more yards on the field.

If the Lions wanted to put themselves in the playoff conversation in the NFC, they absolutely had to have this game. Instead, they threw it away, while the Packers will leave Detroit having strengthened their playoff position.

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  1. rickastleydancemoves says: Nov 18, 2012 4:24 PM

    Cue the Lions fans that’ll tell you how much talent they have, and what their record was last season.

  2. barroomhero80 says: Nov 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    And looked horrible doing it. Sharon Rodgers has got that retro gay porn star look down.

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 4:32 PM

    barroomhero80 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 4:28 PM
    And looked horrible doing it. Sharon Rodgers has got that retro gay porn star look down.

    =====

    Barroomzero is back complaining about a QB that is much better than anything the Vikings will ever have.

    Crybabies flourish over in Minny.

  4. photoguy13 says: Nov 18, 2012 4:32 PM

    Difficult game to watch, but a win is a win.

  5. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Nov 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    it must be really hard to root for the lions year after year. they’re like the cubs of the nfl.

  6. iluvbears says: Nov 18, 2012 4:35 PM

    I see the Packers continue to get assistance from the refs by not calling the obvious pass interference in the end zone late in the game. Should have been 1st & goal at the 1 yard line. Instead, the Lions are forced to kick the field goal. If I were a Lion fan, I’d be really pissed right now.

  7. 93warchant says: Nov 18, 2012 4:44 PM

    the lions are the most undisciplined football team since this current generations raiders. last place cubs with no claws.

  8. deltaoracle says: Nov 18, 2012 4:50 PM

    Yeah, the Packers got “assistance” from the officials to the tune of what – an additional 35 or so yards in penalties called – against – them. Lions would have been penalized even less if their Defensive Linemen could master the art of not lining up offside. There could have been lots more penalties called both ways, but Packers had more reasons to complain than the Lions did.
    GB won an ugly one on the road, and that’s what good teams sometimes have to do. Even Finley and Hawk showed up today occasionally. “Good” win, and on we go.

  9. Matt-NC says: Nov 18, 2012 5:01 PM

    Rodger and the Pack get a win… with a 4th quarter come back.

    How’s that NY fans?

  10. packhawk04 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:05 PM

    Lions had their share of assistance in the first half from the refs.

  11. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 18, 2012 5:05 PM

    Refs robbed the Packers all day, starting with that uncalled facemask on Starks.

    We won anyway.

  12. okieviacal says: Nov 18, 2012 5:05 PM

    Refs gave that game to the Packers. The field judge completely missed that PI in the end zone and routinely missed calls throughout the game. Lions should’ve had 1st and Goal at the one. Completely different game if the correct call is made.

    The Lions were the better team today. You all know it.

  13. metrocritical says: Nov 18, 2012 5:16 PM

    Does anybody out there still think Mayhew is gifted? That Schwartz is a genius? That Stafford is elite? Surely, there are a handful of really talented players on the Lions, but, unfortunately, last year might have been the blind squirrel finding the nut, the monkey banging out Shakespeare on a typewriter. I’m a Lion fan, serving a life sentence and can see the writing on the wall.

    It says, “Same old Lions.”

  14. caliksworld says: Nov 18, 2012 5:23 PM

    That was an ugly Packers win today. The offense was out of sync most of the game. Hard to believe it was the Packers defense that kept them in the game.

  15. larryboodry says: Nov 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    Good teams win even when outplayed by lesser competition…A missed PI call in the end zone helps, too.

  16. tmilla19 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    Scoreboard! Pack will be tied for the division lead after tomorrow and have the tie breaker, so technically division leaders. Keep crying Lions fans just like your coach after Harbaugh shook his hand too hard. Here’s some cheese with that whine!

  17. judsonjr says: Nov 18, 2012 5:27 PM

    The reason the refs didn’t flag PI in the end zone because the offense player initiated contact and wasn’t even making an effort to run a route. He just ran into the DB, flailed around, and then fell down.

  18. marko959 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    “Refs gave that game to the Packers. The field judge completely missed that PI in the end zone and routinely missed calls throughout the game. Lions should’ve had 1st and Goal at the one. Completely different game if the correct call is made.

    The Lions were the better team today. You all know it.”

    This has to be my cousin, Dan. He’s the only one I know who is so delusional.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 18, 2012 5:30 PM

    All 6 losses are games we could have and should have won. This is really disappointing. I had my own concerns and conservative projections about our team this year, but this is still mind bogglingly below the minimum win total we should have even with a meltdown. We could be 10-0 right now if our GM and coaches didn’t make any mistakes.

  20. stellarperformance says: Nov 18, 2012 5:34 PM

    iluvbears says: Nov 18, 2012 4:35 PM
    I see the Packers continue to get assistance from the refs by not calling the obvious pass interference in the end zone late in the game. Should have been 1st & goal at the 1 yard line. Instead, the Lions are forced to kick the field goal. If I were a Lion fan, I’d be really pissed right now.
    ================================

    That was the best non-call of the entire game! The receiver broke to the inside and ran directly into the defender…and briefly held him in an attempt to push off and create separation….and it didn’t work. Excellent non-call.

  21. bfrsd says: Nov 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    Gotta love how every Packer win is supposedly only because of the refs. The Packers have been on the wrong side of officiating blunders this entire season.

    And on the supposed PI in the end zone that all you Lions, Vikings, and Bears fans are complaining about; the corner had inside position and doesn’t have to move because the receiver wants to run into him. It was a 50-50 call. Now how about the drive right before that where James Jones had a first down and the Detroit corner was literally hugging him? Didn’t get called and then Crosby inturn missed another field goal. You guys forget about that one?

  22. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 5:51 PM

    Lot of little girl bears fans on here.

    I guess they know that after tomorrow night, the Bears will never again be in first place of the division.

    Probably miss the playoffs, too.

  23. irishgary says: Nov 18, 2012 5:51 PM

    I hope we are trying out kickers this week. Crosby is a head case.

    Rodgers wasn’t much better. Some of the throws were horrible. he has a few weeks to get it together before the playoffs.

    Nice to see Finley have a good game.

  24. 19lions57 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:53 PM

    The Lions flat out choked today. Green Bay’s two best defenders were out and Rodgers had an Ok game but the Lions could not take advantage of that. Stafford took a huge step back this year, this loss today is on him.

  25. asublimeday says: Nov 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Who cares, the north is the Bears’

  26. bfrsd says: Nov 18, 2012 6:10 PM

    The north is the Bears?

    Who exactly have you beaten? The only two legit playoff teams you’ve played are your two losses, and about to be your third loss in about 30 hours with or without Cutler.

    The Packers beat duh Bears and then the Texans on the road. The team that just beat you at home. On top of that, if Steve Smith doesn’t slip on your terrible field and the Lions don’t fumble going into the end zone three times; duh Bears are looking a lot different.

  27. asublimeday says: Nov 18, 2012 6:10 PM

    Lot of little girl bears fans on here.

    I guess they know that after tomorrow night, the Bears will never again be in first place of the division.

    Probably miss the playoffs, too.
    ——-

    I thought Tex was the most obnoxious poster on this site, but at least he has some football knowledge. You really have to stop posting baseless football diarrhea on the comment boards. Go away.

  28. rgledz says: Nov 18, 2012 6:17 PM

    ya, great non call…..the receiver ran into the DB…..did the WR also make the DB wrap his arms around him and hold him too?? Pack fans whine when they lose and chirp when they win. I’ve yet to meet a Packer fan that can be honest about what happens in a game. Let the Pack have it, what else does Green Bay have……other than bars, liquor stores……and bars.

  29. davearnone says: Nov 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    Lions offense was stymied by a defense that plays as up to 5 rookies and 2 second year players on passing downs:

    DT – Daniels
    DT – Worthy
    OLB – Moses
    S – McMillan
    CB – Hayward
    S – Jennings
    CB – House

    Pretty amazing.

  30. beerbratscheese says: Nov 18, 2012 6:23 PM

    asublimeday says: Nov 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Who cares, the north is the Bears’
    ———————————————-
    Let’s see what happens tomorrow night first, shall we? If the Bears lose, the Packers will be in first place due to the tiebreaker process. Then the Packers will control their own destiny.

    As for today’s game, there were bad calls on both sides of the ball. A Suh facemask penalty not called. A C Johnson hold that allowed LeShoure to get a first down. There was PI on Cobb’s TD catch, as the defender was pulling his arm well before the ball got there.

    Neither team was in sync, and neither team looked like they wanted to win for the majority of the game, but the better team is the end, as you would expect.

  31. butkus54 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:28 PM

    … Yes Matt Stafford had a bad game but you can’t lay this loss squarely on his shoulders.
    His receivers were dropping balls all over the field and for whatever reason this team can’t tackle worth a sh*t.
    Players have to make plays, but Coaches have to coach too and the play calling in the last minute was ridiculous.
    On the other side of the ball… Gunther, can you say blitz?
    There is plenty of blame to go around but something is missing with this team and it’s frustrating!

  32. slatetundra07 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:34 PM

    Numerous key Packer players out, played a horrible game, and yet still won. Calls went uncalled on both sides…Packers took advantage of it when it counted.

  33. packerpauly says: Nov 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    The mark of a good team is to overcome challenges…even when the challenge is from your own reshuffled O-line and its multitude of called and non-called holding penalties today. Great game by the Packers and hats off to A-Rod for a fantastic 4th quarter comeback!

  34. staffordsyear says: Nov 18, 2012 6:52 PM

    Fire linehan.

  35. titletown2chitown says: Nov 18, 2012 6:55 PM

    Sorry Lions fans but the fact is that Matt Stafford is really a modern day Mike Tomczak. A good #2 but very mediocre as a starter.

  36. shaggytoodle says: Nov 18, 2012 7:09 PM

    Wheres all the haters, saying Rodgers needs to get a come from behind win?

    Apparently playing so so and coming from a deficit makes you a better QB than dominating as he did last year.

  37. shaggytoodle says: Nov 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    asublimeday says: Nov 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Who cares, the north is the Bears’
    ________________________

    Couldn’t agree with you more.

    You can have your division titles, the last year the Bears took it things worked out ok for GB.

  38. blergy says: Nov 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    All of you Lions fans whining about the missed DPI in the end zone, where was your booing when the Packers we being held on half of your run plays? Or when Randall Cobb was mugged on a third down throw? When James Starks’ facemask was uncalled? On the uncalled DPI on Cobb’s other catch?

    The most hilarious aspect of all of this whining is that, had that been a TD, you’d still be sitting here now. with a loss. Like it matters if you lose 24-23 instead of 24-20. The Lions weren’t anywhere near FG range on their final drive.

    YOU LOST. Even with generous help from the referees on many of your third down conversions.

  39. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 7:34 PM

    asublimeday says:
    Nov 18, 2012 6:10 PM
    Lot of little girl bears fans on here.

    I guess they know that after tomorrow night, the Bears will never again be in first place of the division.

    Probably miss the playoffs, too.
    ——-

    I thought Tex was the most obnoxious poster on this site, but at least he has some football knowledge. You really have to stop posting baseless football diarrhea on the comment boards. Go away.

    —-

    If you can’t take it, don’t try to dish it out, little girl.

    Bears will beat the Vikings once and maybe the Cards. That’s about it.

  40. staffordsyear says: Nov 18, 2012 7:48 PM

    Did somebody really compare matt stafford with mike tomczack??..wow i thought nfc north fans were smarter than that? But that being mentioned if heard plenty of cutler=jeff george.

  41. larryboodry says: Nov 18, 2012 7:48 PM

    blergy says: Nov 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    “The most hilarious aspect of all of this whining is that, had that been a TD, you’d still be sitting here now. with a loss. Like it matters if you lose 24-23 instead of 24-20. The Lions weren’t anywhere near FG range on their final drive.”

    If Detroit gets a TD on the drive with the PI that was ignored by the refs, they go up 24-14, so how would they then lose 24-whatever? Plus, that last GB FG (to run up the score) only happened because Detroit had to go for it on 4th. down, so no guarantee the Pack even scores 24 if the Lions had gone up by ten earlier.

  42. shlort says: Nov 18, 2012 7:50 PM

    Missed Pass interference? If you look at that play without being anti-packer or pro-lion, you can clearly see that Young initiated the contact, then Young tripped and fell. Sure, the DB had hands on Young, but since Young initiated the contact, the ref saw fit to leave his flag in his pocket. Isnt even a case of “never seen that before” or “that is called defensive PI 99% of the time”. It is a case of that is how it is called most of the time. If a flag had been thrown, it would have been an injustice. People sure like to pick at the officials when they make calls against their team or for teams they just dont like.

  43. xplicitpits says: Nov 18, 2012 8:01 PM

    Asterisk

  44. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 8:16 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Nov 18, 2012 7:48 PM
    blergy says: Nov 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    “The most hilarious aspect of all of this whining is that, had that been a TD, you’d still be sitting here now. with a loss. Like it matters if you lose 24-23 instead of 24-20. The Lions weren’t anywhere near FG range on their final drive.”

    If Detroit gets a TD on the drive with the PI that was ignored by the refs, they go up 24-14, so how would they then lose 24-whatever? Plus, that last GB FG (to run up the score) only happened because Detroit had to go for it on 4th. down, so no guarantee the Pack even scores 24 if the Lions had gone up by ten earlier.

    —-

    To run up the score? Wow, I thought you were better than this. If they don’t kick that field goal, the Lions only need a field goal.

    I guess you’re just as stupid as the rest of them.

  45. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:18 PM

    And that extends the longest current win streak in the NFL. It’s truly amazing that they can even compete, much less win with all the injuries piling up again. Congratulations to the Packers and all their fans for another glorious victory.

  46. funktron2x says: Nov 18, 2012 8:31 PM

    Lions aren’t there yet. Talent is, but this will be the galvanizing year – a lot like Rodgers’ first in GB. Lions will finish season on outside looking in, as that is the level of play they are on. But make no mistake about it, they’re still on the right track as an organization heading forward.

  47. larryboodry says: Nov 18, 2012 8:34 PM

    @tokyo:

    “To run up the score? Wow, I thought you were better than this. If they don’t kick that field goal, the Lions only need a field goal.”

    Not stupid, but I will admit to not seeing the end of the game, I had stepped away from the TV after Detroit went four-and-out…Depending on how much time was left after GB ran 3 plays, and the Lions’ timeout situation, then yeah, kicking the FG was a smart move.

    And you’re talking to a Bears fan with more respect for the Packers and not so much for Detroit, so it surprised me when I thought your team might have indeed run up the score.

  48. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 8:38 PM

    funktron2x says:
    Nov 18, 2012 8:31 PM
    Lions aren’t there yet. Talent is, but this will be the galvanizing year – a lot like Rodgers’ first in GB. Lions will finish season on outside looking in, as that is the level of play they are on. But make no mistake about it, they’re still on the right track as an organization heading forward.

    —-

    Why you gotsta be all rational?

  49. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 8:40 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Nov 18, 2012 8:34 PM
    @tokyo:

    “To run up the score? Wow, I thought you were better than this. If they don’t kick that field goal, the Lions only need a field goal.”

    Not stupid, but I will admit to not seeing the end of the game, I had stepped away from the TV after Detroit went four-and-out…Depending on how much time was left after GB ran 3 plays, and the Lions’ timeout situation, then yeah, kicking the FG was a smart move.

    And you’re talking to a Bears fan with more respect for the Packers and not so much for Detroit, so it surprised me when I thought your team might have indeed run up the score.

    There’s the Larry I know.

    No, there was 1:15 left. With Calvin Johnson on the other side, you don’t just take a knee and take your chances that they can get it to your 40 where, unlike some kickers, Jason Hanson seems to make some field goals.

  50. contraisloosebuthole says: Nov 18, 2012 8:58 PM

    iluvbears says: Nov 18, 2012 4:35 PM

    I see the Packers continue to get assistance from the refs by not calling the obvious pass interference in the end zone late in the game. Should have been 1st & goal at the 1 yard line. Instead, the Lions are forced to kick the field goal. If I were a Lion fan, I’d be really pissed right now.
    _______________
    There was an idiot at the bar spouting this same nonsense. The Offensive player tried to run through the defender. Like it or not the defender has the right to the piece of turf he is occupying. That was a designed offensive route: run into the guy a little bit and turn back the opposite way. This way you get a free push off. If it was PI as you claim why did Stafford have the ball in the air and on the other side of the receiver? It is easy to make excuses for a team like the Lions.

  51. larryboodry says: Nov 18, 2012 9:00 PM

    @tokyo:

    “I guess you’re just as stupid as the rest of them.”

    Actually most of my fellow Bears fans, and I, are pretty knowledgable…There is one who I hope to never be compared to, however…(-;

  52. anarchopurplism says: Nov 18, 2012 9:08 PM

    Sloppy 1st half

    As much as I pulling for the Lions for the Vikings sake, it was REALLY hard to watch Crosby miss all those FGs.

    You have to think they’ll bring in a few guys to try out

  53. lionsplayoffs says: Nov 18, 2012 9:52 PM

    The last thing this Lions fan is going to do after that game is whine about the refs. You can’t settle for a field goal late in the fourth quarter and give Rodgers a chance. They called some really dumb plays down the stretch. The defense has improved but coaching changes are needed.

  54. tdrundmc says: Nov 18, 2012 10:27 PM

    How do you not get the ball to Calvin on that last drive?

  55. hansenbrothers says: Nov 18, 2012 10:36 PM

    Cut. Mason. Crosby.

  56. cags777 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:03 PM

    Packers should have lost today. They were handed a couple of gifts from the officials today for not calling pass interference, and those could have made a difference of four points. And Mason Crosby couldn’t connect. However, there were a lot of dropped passes today from the Lions. Lions receivers have also got to get on the same page with their quarterback and not set up interceptions for their quarterback. It was a tough loss today for the Lions.

  57. trapshoot says: Nov 18, 2012 11:21 PM

    Ugly game for both teams. But for the Packers a win is a win.

  58. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 19, 2012 12:25 AM

    Its so nice when a deserving team overcomes all the outside factors and gets the win. Special players, special fans. Best story in sports.

  59. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 19, 2012 9:48 AM

    It’s already been said, this was a game against dirty teams. The Packers played 4 points dirtier.

  60. hurrayforyogapants says: Nov 19, 2012 10:53 AM

    I thought Rodgers was a little short with Pam Oliver in the post game interview. It’s almost like he’s a little too sensitive…

  61. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    Nov 19, 2012 9:48 AM
    It’s already been said, this was a game against dirty teams. The Packers played 4 points dirtier.

    They’re so cute when they can’t come up with their own stuff!!

  62. jaybird20 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    It was an ugly win. But the Packers won. The Lions seem to miss opportunities when they have them. Find ways to win, its as simple as that.

  63. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 19, 2012 4:00 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 19, 2012 2:19 PM
    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    Nov 19, 2012 9:48 AM
    It’s already been said, this was a game against dirty teams. The Packers played 4 points dirtier.

    They’re so cute when they can’t come up with their own stuff!!
    ———————————————-

    Ok

  64. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 19, 2012 5:16 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    …special fans…

    ———————————————

    You hit that one right on the head.

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