Lions lead Packers at the half


After a somewhat sloppy 30 minutes of play at Ford Field, the Lions are fighting for their playoff lives and holding onto a 10-7 lead at halftime over the Packers.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who entered the week leading the league in receiving yards, has three catches for 88 yards at halftime, and Lions running back Mikel Leshoure powered in for a 1-yard touchdown run. The Packers’ touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jermichael Finley.

The Packers had a chance to tie the score on the final play of the first half, but Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby missed twice: The first time his kick sailed wide right, but it turned out that Lions coach Jim Schartz had called timeout just before the snap in an attempt to ice Crosby. That gave Crosby another chance, but he missed again, wide left this time.

Neither quarterback has played great: Both Rodgers and Matthew Stafford have thrown interceptions, and Stafford also lost a fumble. The quarterback who plays better in the second half will likely be the one to win this NFC North battle.