Detroit’s defense dominated Green Bay and the Lions had just enough offense to upset the Packers 7-to-3 yesterday at Ford Field. The win that snapped a trio of losing streaks for Detroit, ending the Lion’s five game overall slump this season and their ten game skid vs. the Packers while earning their first victory against an NFC North opponent since 2007 to stop a 19-game slide.
Drew Stanton's 13-yard touchdown pass to Will Heller in the fourth quarter turned out to be the difference. The Lions improved their record to 3-and-10 while Green Bay slipped to 8-and-5. Detroit knocked Packer’s starting quarterback Aaron Rogers out of the game late in the second quarter when he was tackled hard after a scramble and his helmet hit the field, causing a concussion.
Matt Flynn finished the rest of the way for the Packers and tossed a costly interception in the red zone. But Green Bay still made Detroit fans nervous till the end when Flynn drove the Packers to the Lion’s 31-yard line and his fourth down and one pass into the end zone just out of the reach of a diving Greg Jennings fell incomplete.
Next up for the Lions is a road game Sunday against Tampa Bay. Next up For Ford Field is a matchup tonight between the Vikings and the Giants after yesterday’s game at Minnesota had to be moved because the Metrodome’s roof collapsed Sunday morning after a foot and a half of snow fell on Minneapolis.
Green Bay stays a game behind the NFC North leading Chicago Bears, who were pounded by the New England Patriots 36-to-7 in the snow and wind at Solider Fields. The Patriots, who are the first team to clinch a playoff berth, are now 11-and-2.
Buffalo Bills 13, Cleveland Browns 6
Atlanta Falcons 31, Carolina Panthers 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 38, Oakland Raiders 31
Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Washington Redskins 16
New Orleans Saints 31, St. Louis Rams 13
San Francisco 49ers 40, Seattle Seahawks 21
Arizona Cardinals 43, Denver Broncos 13
New England Patriots 36, Chicago Bears 7
Miami Dolphins 10, New York Jets 6
San Diego Chargers 31, Kansas City Chiefs 0
Last night… Philadelphia Eagles 30, Dallas Cowboys 27…
Tonight, besides the Vikings-Giants game, it’s Baltimore at Houston.