The Detroit Lions lost to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football after a Hail Mary was converted to erase what had been a 20-point Lions lead.
It looked for a time like the Detroit Lions might coast to a comfortable victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. After forcing the Packers to punt on their first possession of the game, the Lions started with good field position and put together a 35-yard drive that culminated in a field goal.
They were just getting started in the first quarter.
After a second Packers punt, the Lions’ offense again sustained a drive and this time found the end zone. On a third down play from the Green Bay two yard line, Matthew Stafford identified a gap in coverage and connected with a wide open Eric Ebron for a quick touchdown strike.
Safety Glover Quinn intercepted a tipped Aaron Rodgers pass on the second play of the ensuing Packers possession, and the Lions immediately found themselves back inside the red zone on offense. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter called for the Lions to take a shot and Stafford hooked up with Calvin Johnson for an immediate touchdown.
The first quarter ended with the Lions ahead 17-0.
The second quarter saw zero points for either side, but the Detroit Lions received the ball to begin the second half and tacked on a field goal to take a 20-0 lead with under 25 minutes to play in the game.
Unfortunately, the lifeless Packers would wake up from their stupor.
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Rodgers led the Packers 75 yards down the field for their first touchdown of the game to put Green Bay on the board for the first time in the game. Matthew Stafford was stripped of the ball on the first play of the following drive and the ball was immediately given pack to the Packers.
Rodgers found Davante Adams in the end zone, and the Packers found themselves back in business, trailing 20-14.
The Lions were able to chew up some clock and tack on a field goal in the fourth quarter, but the Packers once again drove down the field and scored a touchdown, this time on a Rodgers touchdown scramble with 3:04 left to play.
The Lions were able to wind the clock down to about 0:30 but had to eventually punt the ball back to the Packers. The Detroit defense was able to force incomplete passes on first and second down, and the game appeared to be over when Rodgers was tackled on third down with no time left on the clock, but a controversial flag was thrown for a face masking penalty (the face mask was contacted by not grasped or twisted) and the Packers were given one final play.
The ball was heaved over 65 yards in the air and tight end Richard Rodgers came down with it in the end zone to hand the Detroit Lions their eighth loss of the season.