LIVE BLOG: Packers defeat Lions 42-21
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers will take on the Detroit Lions at home as we head into Week 2 of the regular season.
This week, the Packers are coming off a win on the road against the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 43-34.
Meanwhile, the Lions lost to the Chicago Bears at home by a score of 27-23.
Last season, the Packers swept the regular-season series with Detroit for the first time since 2016 and for the 11th time in the last 20 seasons.
The Packers lead the all-time record against the Lions 100-72-7, with an all-time at home record of 33-13-3.
Green Bay has won seven straight games within the NFC North, and is the team’s longest divisional win streak since winning 12 straight from 2010 – 2012.
The Lions are coached by Matt Patricia, who is now in his third year as the Lions' head coach.
There are no fans at the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Lambeau Field, and the game will air on Fox.
The Lions jumped on the board first, after going 75 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown.
Later on in the first, Packers kicker Mason Crosby hit a 43-yard-field goal, bringing the Packers within 4.
That score didn’t hold for long, after the lions went 75 yards in 13 plays for another touchdown.
The first quarter ended with the Lions ahead 14 - 3.
Receiver Davante Adams was spotted limping off the field after a run by Aaron Jones near the end of the first quarter, however he later caught a pass from Rodgers in the second.
The Packers tightened the lead following a touchdown from Aaron Jones in the second, with Crosby making it a 14-10 game. This marked Jones' second touchdown of the year.
Tyler Lancaster did go down with an injury during the second quarter, but was able to walk off on his own and was talking with the rest of the defensive linemen shortly after.
The Packers have allowed five straight touchdown drives going back to Week one.
Receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling also went down, but walked off the field with his helmet off following a collision.
The Packers have possession of the ball with one minute to go in the first half. Valdes-Scantling went back into the game, and was hit on the sideline, causing a personal foul on the Lions.
With less than 20 seconds to go, Robert Tonyan caught a pass from Rodgers for an 11 yard touchdown, and Crosby’s extra point boosted the packers to a 17-14 lead.
The Lions will get the ball with just over 10 seconds to go.
With three seconds left in the game, the Lions went for a play, however a neutral zone infraction penalty by the Packers brought the Lions closer to a 57-yard field goal attempt.
The Lions went wide on the kick, leaving the score at 17-14 at the half, in favor of the Packers.
To start the second half, the green and gold ran one play, but it ended with a 75-yeard touchdown rush by Aaron Jones and an extra point by Crosby, and now lead the Lions 24-14.
The run was the team’s longest rushing play since Ahman Green’s run in 2004.
The Packers' defense also joined in on the action during the third quarter, with Chandon Sullivan returning an interception for a seven yard touchdown, and with Crosby’s leg helping, the score increased to 31.
In addition, Crosby’s leg made a 35-yard field goal, bringing the score to 34-14.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Lions hadn’t scored since the end of the first quarter, but quickly put another seven on the board following a 24-yard-pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to Marvin Hall to tighten the lead 34-21.
However, Packers receiver Davante Adams is now questionable to return due to a hamstring injury after being quiet for most of the third quarter.
The Packers' receivers have had a rocky home opener.
Aaron Jones continued his touchdown spree at home during the fourth, and scored following a 14-yard run.
The Packers then completed a two point conversion thanks to Jamaal Williams, and brought the score to 42-21.
Corey Linsley is now out with a hand injury.
Aaron Rodgers then caught his own pass following a batted ball.
The Packers’ backup quarterback Tim Boyle relieved Rodgers just before the 2 minute warning.
Packers running back/wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Ervin exited the game and is being evaluated for a concussion.
The Packers held on to their lead to win the game 42-21, and enter the third week without a loss.
Next week, the Packers will travel to New Orleans for a Sunday night game.
Meanwhile, the Lions will visit the Cardinals in Arizona for a late Sunday afternoon game.
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