The Green Bay Packers almost lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. I thank God for the word “almost” right there. How close can a 48-25 game get? Very close apparently. At my 2:30 PM Update, the Packers were up 21-3 at the half and it seemed like they were in control. I even speculated that Matt Flynn could see some action. Funny how things change when you stop paying attention. As soon as I found a phone conversation about the Indianapolis Colts‘ 18-15 come-from-behind-victory over the hated Minnesota Vikings more interesting than watching arrows move back and forth on GameCenter, I lost touch with the game. I saw the final later and just assumed the Packers had mopped the floor with the Lions.
To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.”
I watched the highlights to the game and was absolutely horrified. In the fourth quarter, while sitting on a 24-9 lead, the Packers unraveled. First, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson turned a quick slant route into a 38-yard touchdown, Packers punter Derrick Frost mishandled a punt, leading to a Lions safety.
It’s 24-18. Like BOOM.
Then deja vu struck again when Johnson turned a nearly identical pass from Jon Kitna into a touchdown, this time from 47-yards out.
If I was watching this game, I would have been flipping out. But I was totally oblivious to this happening. So no harm, no foul. Keeps my stress levels down.
Then the Packers start working their magic. The retook the lead on the ensuing drive on a Mason Crosby field goal, 27-25. Then the fun began.
On the next Lions drive, Charles Woodson intercepted Kitna, setting up Brandon Jackson‘s best rush of the season, a 19-yarder for the score and a 34-25 lead. Woodson showed some skills AGAIN on the next drive, intercepting Kitna and taking the ball to the barn. 41-25, Packers. Kitna’s last six minutes at the office got even worse as on the next drive he was intercepted YET AGAIN, this time by Nick Collins, who followed to trend set by Woodson and took it to the house. 48-25, Packers.
Game, set, match.
The fact the Lions were able to get back into this one really scares me. Woodson and Al Harris need to be on top of their game with Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys coming into town next Sunday.
In other news, Aaron Rodgers continued his development as a starting quarterback, absolutely owning up on the Lions defense (statistically, at least). Rodgers completed 24 of 38 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, giving him his first 300-yard passing game and first three-touchdown game. The guy looks good. His first touchdown pass to James Jones was a great scramble, while his third touchdown pass to rookie Jordy Nelson was absolutely beautiful. Greg Jennings lead the receiving department with 167 yards on six catches, including two catches of more than 50 yards. Donald Driver had seven catches and one touchdown. In the rushing department, Jackson actually led the team, a 180-degree turn from Week 1, with 61 yards on seven carries including the touchdown. Ryan Grant was bottled up, partly by a hamstring injury, gaining only 20 yards on 15 carries. He will need to be at full strength for the Dallas game. On defense, A.J. Hawk is not showing any ill-effects of his chest injury, recording seven tackles and two sacks. The defense did a good job shutting down Kevin Smith‘s running game, but they were absolutely torched by Johnson, who had six receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. The disgruntled Roy Williams was held to three catches for 48 yards.
Dallas is next. This will be a tough one.
Topics: A.J. Hawk, Aaron Rodgers, Al Harris, Brandon Jackson, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson, Dallas Cowboys, Derrick Frost, Detroit Lions, Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings, Indianapolis Colts, James Jones, Jon Kitna, Jordy Nelson, Kevin Smith, Lee Corso, Mason Crosby, Matt Flynn, Minnesota Vikings, Nick Collins, Roy Williams, Ryan Grant, Terrell Owens, Tony Romo