Lions take big lead, hold on late as Packers have a kicking disaster

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The Lions jumped out to a 24-0 lead over the Packers today, turning in a solid performance and getting a big NFC North win over the Packers. But the story of the game was Mason Crosby.

Crosby, the Packers’ longtime kicker, had the worst game of his career — and one of the worst games for any kicker in NFL history.

The Packers sent Crosby out to attempt four field goals, and he missed all four of them. They also tried to kick one extra point, and Crosby missed that one as well. He would have been the first kicker in NFL history to try at least four field goals and one extra point in a game, and miss all of them, except that the Packers sent him out to kick one more field goal with two seconds left, and he made it. That provided the final points of the Lions’ 31-23 win.

Although Crosby was having a good season until today, his performance raises the question of whether the Packers will replace him. A game like that makes it hard for a team to have any faith in its kicker.

The Packers got a solid 70 yards on 12 carries from rookie running back Kerryon Johnson, although he left the game with a late injury. LeGarrette Blount wasn’t as effective but did have two one-yard touchdown runs.

Matthew Stafford‘s numbers — 14-of-26, 183 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions — were nothing special, although Stafford did have two long completions called back by penalties, and another long pass dropped in the end zone.

For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers played very well, but he kept getting the Packers into field goal range only to have Crosby miss. Amazingly, the Packers never punted all game — the first team this year to go a full game without punting, and the first team in three years to lose a game in which they didn’t punt.

The result drops the Packers to 2-2-1, while the Lions are at 2-3. They’re both looking up at the Bears in the NFC North, but the Lions have to feel good about getting a division win — and the Packers have to feel bad about their kicking situation.

66 responses to “Lions take big lead, hold on late as Packers have a kicking disaster

  1. Packers SUCK! P E R I O D ! Falcons Packers Eagles Vikings WHERE SUPPOSE to be the ELITE to battle for the NFC LMAO!!!!
    Giants just C H O K E D again.

  2. Rodgers isn’t the most accomplished QB, but he’s the most talented… what is he exactly other than whiny egomaniac with a knack for regularly losing?

  3. Chris says:
    October 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    Rodgers isn’t the most accomplished QB, but he’s the most talented… what is he exactly other than whiny egomaniac with a knack for regularly losing?
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    Maybe one of the greatest ever to play the game but has no help at all from his team?

  4. Meh, normally I would bag on a kicker if they had a game like this for any other team, but Crosby has won a TON of games for the Pack. So, I’m giving him pass today.

    If he kicks like next week though, to the pit of misery with him I say (or at least the practice squad until he gets his head right).

    Congrats Lion fans, not a bad game by your team. Now let both fan bases pull together and hope for a Viking loss….

  5. What did I tell you Packers fans?!?

    And once again, Kenny Golladay proves himself to be a BEAST!!!

    WE’RE RIGHT BACK IN IT!!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  6. If the Lions can become consistent with their play and they play like they did against the Patriots and like they did in the first half today, they could be serious contenders.

  7. Congratulations Lion Fans!
    The Packers were a mess today by every stretch of the imagination.
    You simply can’t put the ball on the ground, whether you’re making the minimum or somewhere North of a 100 million.
    Rodgers was piss poor and has to play better.

    And as for Crosby, we’ll just have to chalk it up as a bad day at the office and keep a watchful eye on him.

    I’ll reiterate, as I have before, we have a very young team on both sides of the ball.
    A lot of new moving parts and I’ve expected growing pains.
    But, there comes a time you have shed that veneer, go out there and produce. It’s that time.

    As it stands right now, this team isn’t very good and is dangerously close to spinning out of control.
    Lions played great today and made the most out of the Packers’ errors and turnovers.
    That’s the recipe for winning football.
    And it’s the most significant reason the Lions won today.

    Not a lot of takeaways and certainly zero positivity from today’s game.
    And we’re on to face San Fran.

  8. If you told me ahead of the game that Mason would miss 4 field goals and an extra point, I would have told you that you were crazier than Everson Griffen.

  9. The call about the punt being touched was bogus, and everything pretty much went downhill from there. The final score was misleading; it felt like GB was down about four scores all game. Crosby has to take most of the blame, obviously. But dishonorable mention to McCarthy, who still managed to ration Jones’ carries while playing the worst rushing D in the league – and then sent out Crosby, who had already missed 4 shorter kicks, to try a 56 yarder. I’m just glad Clark’s injury wasn’t serious. Forget this one.

  10. Rodgers was acting like a baby all game because things weren’t going his way. He coughed the ball up twice which lead to points for the Lions and all his TDS and yards came from the Lions playing soft because they were up 24-0. Aaron Rodgers is probably the most talented QB but being the greatest requires more than just talent. Something he’s never been. Great stats for Rodgers in the end but also misleading if you watched the game.

  11. Lions have won three in a row against the Packers and 6 of the last 10. Golladay is a superstar. Kerryon Johnson will be a top 5 back in the NFL. But undoubtedly the narrative will be Crosby’s missed field goals, the GB team letting Rodgers down, and if only Rodgers were healthy. Fact is, the Lions had two CB’s go down this game yet still were able to beat the Packers by 8. Dominant performance.

  12. Karma for the Packer fans taking such delight in Carlson’s misses. Just like karma on the Rodgers Rule ending up with Mathews getting called for roughing over and over.

  13. Meh, normally I would bag on a kicker if they had a game like this for any other team, but Crosby has won a TON of games for the Pack. So, I’m giving him pass today.

    That is how games are lost. Pass? No! Every game is its own. I don’t care if he was 100 percent for twenty years he gets no pass for a game like that period. If A coach gets that into his mindset its the beginning of the end. You don’t reward a player who has played poorly based on past experience. There will be discipline in that locker room and rightfully so. You cant say oh well you did good other games so we will let it slide. That is an ineffective mindset to have.

  14. Yeah they should scrap Crosby and go get one of many clutch kickers out there sitting around waiting for a phone call. Dan Bailey is 1-3 today already.

  15. Good victory Lions fans. You have physical, talented wr’s and I hope Johnson’s ankle is fine.

    Won’t win many games when you are minus-three in to’s even without five missed kicks. At least Valdes-Scantling and EQ St. Brown showed they can play in a dome.

    Josh Jackson seems to be disinterested in tackling – am I wrong?

    With 25 seconds left in the game a Lion player tackled Aaron (Erin2?) Jones about 8 yards out of bounds. And then intentionally landed with all his weight on the guy, to boot. Why is that not a flag?

    And to Tony Brown (who I have never heard of btw) as soon as a third down pass drops incomplete turn around and celebrate with your teammates. Period. And avoid all provocations (Blake, Jaire). It’s a poor trend, period.

    NFC North will be a dogfight and the Pack’s have a rough stretch after their bye week. This loss will hurt.

  16. So let’s get this straight… Pack wins last week but after the game Erin Rodgers gripes about the offense… so this week they make 52 pass attempts and 20 rushing attempts (despite having 4.9 YPC)… and they lose. Got it.

    Yeah I’d love to hear who Erin throws under the bus next.

  17. Crosby missed 4 FGs and an XP for a total of 13 pts in a game the Packers lost by 8 But as expected, the skol trolls don’t let that stop them from blaming Rodgers.

  18. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    AR passes for 442 yards, 3TDs, and people are saying that he played poorly. Idiots.

    Rodgers played like crap in the first half. And he would tell you that.

  19. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    October 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    The call about the punt being touched was bogus.
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    flviking says:
    October 6, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    theyearofthecat1 says:
    October 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    Good! I want NO EXCUSES from Packers fans this week when they get beat by The Lions!
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    When the lions beat the packers that’s all you will hear, excuses. “Refs made bad calls”
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    What did I tell you

  20. Don’t worry flviking. I’ll hear even more excuses from Vikings fans when The Lions beat them AGAIN in our new vacation home up north – U.S. Bank Stadium!!!!

  21. Rogers did his impression of Stafford. You flip the script to this game and you’ll have a usual Lion game with Stafford pumping out incredible numbers. Glad Lions won but they won’t be going anywhere this year.

  22. thevikesarebest says:
    October 7, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    The cheeseheads run is over. The Vikings was beat this fallen franchise later this year and continue owning the NORTH.SKOL
    ______________
    Keep Underestimating the Bears. The REAL best Defense in the NFC North. Looking forward to Mack’s strip sack of Cousins.

  23. @filthymcnasty3 – You have no idea what AR would tell you. AR’s intelligence level is so much higher than yours it is not possible for you to understand anything that he says.

  24. IMO, Rodgers has been acting like a jerk. Watching the Packers self-destruct was not all that surprising. Unfortunately the kicker will probably lose his job. He probably would perform better if he moved on to another team.

  25. Vikings are playing the Superbowl champs on national TV and Viking “fans” are hanging out in the GB comment section. How sad.

  26. packertruth says:
    October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    These pesky critters should be gone by evening tomorrow

    /////////////////////

    We’re still here. Nice kicker BTW

  27. Great win today. So proud of the Lions!
    Took advantage of a poor officiating call and a couple of timely turnovers, but that’s football.
    It feels really good to be able to punch the bully in the mouth once in a while and I mean that with the upmost sincerity and respect.
    Hopefully the K Man will be alright and we can build on this win.
    Not entirely sure why there are so many Viking fans on this story, beating their chests like they won something.
    But that’s usually par for the course with that obnoxious fan base.
    Looking forward to meeting the Packers at Lambeau this year.
    It will be my first time at that historic venue and I’m extremely excited to experience it.
    Hoping for the sweep, but I’m sure the Lions will have their hands full.
    Right now, I’m just thankful for today’s sweet victory.

  28. remember last week when Packer fans were posting standings and bragging about being near the top of the division….week 4. Its a long season folks but nobody, and I mean nobody can ever take away the week 4 2nd place standing.

  29. Where is Packers fan:

    Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books

    Wait….listen…….sounds like crickets.

  30. Congrats, Karras71.
    Lions beat the snot out of the Packers today and had a much deserved win.

    Very disappointed in the way my team played today.
    As I said last week, it’s a long season and this team definitely has a lot to work on.
    That rings even more true today.

    Glad you’re finally making the trek to Lambeau.
    I believe everyone should experience it at least once.
    You’ll have to get in touch with me before the game, and swing by our tailgate spot.
    I’ll gladly share a brat and a few cold beers with you.

    Enjoy this win tonight.
    Because we’re going to get you back. 😉

  31. If I was a Green Bay fan I would have some concerns with Aaron Rodgers, the guy did show some life in the 2nd half but he sure does not look like his heart is fully into this Season, he looks like he is unhappy with the fact he does not have enough talent around him at this point or he just is losing his zest for the game, either way I think he looks uninterested. End might be closer than he or the fans care to admit. I do like his new commercials with his agent, pretty funny stuff. Go Vikes

  32. bringbackwayne says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    Where is Packers fan:

    Before you hate, remember we have one playoff win in 61 YEARS and 0-16 season in the books

    Wait….listen…….sounds like crickets.

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    Yeah, bringbackwayne, I was wondering where she was as well! Nowhere to be found!
    LOL!!!

  33. flviking says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    These pesky critters should be gone by evening tomorrow
    /////////////////////
    We’re still here. Nice kicker BTW

    +++++++

    You self-identify as a pesky critter? Maybe Stellar’s right about you.

  34. packertruth says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm
    flviking says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    These pesky critters should be gone by evening tomorrow
    /////////////////////
    We’re still here. Nice kicker BTW

    +++++++

    You self-identify as a pesky critter? Maybe Stellar’s right about you.
    ___________

    Except when he forgets to sign into one of his fake screen names.
    Pretending to be a Packer fan, like we caught him doing the other day.
    Lame!

  35. The Lions can enjoy their win, it’s still very early in the season and the Packers aren’t going anywhere as all of us NFCN fans know they’re always in it until week 16.

  36. wafflestomp says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm
    flviking says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    These pesky critters should be gone by evening tomorrow
    /////////////////////
    We’re still here. Nice kicker BTW

    +++++++

    You self-identify as a pesky critter? Maybe Stellar’s right about you.
    ___________

    Except when he forgets to sign into one of his fake screen names.
    Pretending to be a Packer fan, like we caught him doing the other day.
    Lame

    ///////////////////////////////

    You guys sure are testy after a beat down. BTW never pretended to be a packer fan. I was mocking a packer fan pretending to be a Viking fan. Why would anyone be a packer fan?

  37. cardinealsfan20 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 5:27 pm
    AR passes for 442 yards, 3TDs, and people are saying that he played poorly. Idiots.
    ###

    An idiot would be the person getting excited about a QB posting big numbers in the second half when his team is trailing by 24 points and playing against a prevent defense.

    Over 100 of those yards came with the Packers trailing by 11 points at the end of the game. Garbage time stats…

  38. wiscowomenrplump says:
    October 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    wafflestomp says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 7, 2018 at 8:38 pm
    flviking says:
    October 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    packertruth says:
    October 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm
    These pesky critters should be gone by evening tomorrow
    /////////////////////
    We’re still here. Nice kicker BTW

    +++++++

    You self-identify as a pesky critter? Maybe Stellar’s right about you.
    ___________

    Except when he forgets to sign into one of his fake screen names.
    Pretending to be a Packer fan, like we caught him doing the other day.
    Lame

    ///////////////////////////////

    You guys sure are testy after a beat down. BTW never pretended to be a packer fan. I was mocking a packer fan pretending to be a Viking fan. Why would anyone be a packer fan?
    **********************
    flviking says:

    October 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    Was he really as hurt as he was letting on? Even last week he was skipping around with completions and limping on misses. Whatever, Lions will win in Detroit, this is coming from a packer fan
    _____________

    Hide behind as many fake screen names as you want.
    It’s lame and pathetic, but so are most Barney fans.
    skoLOL!

  39. How long do we have to suffer through McCarthy? On the one drive, Aaron Jones had 4 straight carries for 37 yards and 2 first downs. He was running past and over Lions defenders. So what does MM do? He takes Jones out of the game with 1st and 10 on the Detroit 24 – and Jones hardly plays the rest of the game. BTW – the next 3 plays were incomplete passes, then a missed FG. Why not at least leave Jones in as a decoy?
    Of all the problems this team has, McCarthy is the biggest (literally and figuratively) problem. I’m amazed Rodgers doesn’t just directly say how upsetting it is to have MM for his coach.

  40. But I thought that if Aaron Rodgers stepped on the field it meant an automatic Packers victory. We were told that last year’s 7-9 team would have been Super Bowl champions if Rodgers had played all 16 games. Do you mean to tell me that the other 52 players actually kind of matter too? Enjoy having that $180 million dollar cripple your team for the next four years. Blow Pack Blow!

  41. djvh2 says:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I’m amazed Rodgers doesn’t just directly say how upsetting it is to have MM for his coach.
    _________

    He’s way too passive-aggressive for that, but he’s been screaming it for years in his own way.

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