LIVE BLOG: Packers defeat Lions 31-24, clinch NFC North title
DETROIT, Mich. (WBAY) – The Green Bay Packers (9-3) will be on the road for the first time after two weeks and visit the Detroit Lions (5-7) at Ford Field Sunday afternoon.
This will be the Packers’ first road game against a team in the NFC North since Week 1, when they traveled to Minnesota and defeated the Vikings 43-34.
In Week 2, they hosted the Lions, and won 42-21. During that game, team officials say running back Aaron Jones had a career best 168 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and also caught four passed for 68 yards and a touchdown. That performance led him to become the first player in team history to post +150 rushing yards, +2 rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, and more than 65 receiving yards.
In other Aaron Jones news, sources tell ESPN Jones is looking for new representation as he goes into the final month of the 2020 season with an expiring contract.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Davante Adams has had six receiving touchdowns in the last seven games played against the Lions.
With a win on Sunday and a loss by Minnesota at Tampa Bay, the Packers can clinch the NFC North. The Vikings lost to the Buccaneers by a score of 26-14. Even if the Vikings had won, Green Bay could have still earned a playoff spot with a win and some losses by other teams.
Currently, the Packers lead the regular-season series against the Lions, 101-72-7, and have also won both postseason games against the Lions.
The Packers are coming off a 30-16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Lions defeated the Chicago Bears last week 34-30.
The Lions are 1-4 while at home this season, and the Packers are 4-2 on the road.
On Friday, safety Darnell Savage, as well as receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor were all ruled questionable for Sunday’s game.
On Saturday, the team activated running back AJ Dillon from the COVID-19 list, signed tight end Dominque Dafney to the active roster from the practice squad, and elevated both receiver Juwann Winfree and guard Ben Braden from the practice squad to the active roster.
Meanwhile, Jace Sternberger and Simon Stepaniak were ruled out earlier in the week.
The Lions also announced Kenny Golladay would miss his sixth straight game, and also ruled out Jeff Okudah.
Those losses didn’t slow the Lions down Sunday, as they were the first to put points on the board. Quarterback Matt Stafford threw a one yard pass to Hockenson for a touchdown.
The Packers quickly struck back, with a short pass from Rodgers to Adams, who ran 56 yards to the end zone to put the Packers on the board. Crosby’s kick tied it up at 7 halfway through the first quarter.
The Lions went three and out on their following drive.
The Packers then answered the three and out with a touchdown pass from Rodgers to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. That put the Packers up 14-7.
On the following drive, the Lions failed to convert any points, and Rashan Gary sacked Stafford to end their drive after Dean Lowry had gotten to Stafford before.
Green Bay wasn’t able to put any points on the board on their following drive.
With less than a minute and a half to go in the first half, the Lions punched into the end zone to make it 14-14. The score came following a three yard run by D’Andre Swift.
JK Scott punted with less than a minute to go in the first half. Darnell Savage sacked Stafford with less than 10 seconds to go in the half, and was followed by an incomplete long pass by Stafford.
A penalty on the Packers caused the Lions to have another chance, but Stafford was sacked again, this time by Kenny Clark, to end the half.
The Packers will receive the ball at the beginning of the second half.
Rodgers gave Green Bay another touchdown after scrambling for six yards to score himself, and Crosby’s extra point kick made it a 21-14 game.
There was no other scoring during the third quarter, and the Packers will maintain possession at the start of the 4th quarter.
Rodgers then connected with tight end Robert Tonyan on a short pass to put six on the board, with another good kick from Crosby to make it a 28-14 game. Just over 12 minutes remain in the game.
A rash of penalties in the fourth quarter kept Detroit moving down the field.
The Lions challenged a call in the end zone, but lost it, costing them a time out.
A few plays later, the Lions did find themselves in the end zone, putting up another six after Kerryon Johnson ran the ball for two yards. An extra point made it a 28-21 game in favor of the Packers.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Packers announced cornerback Chandon Sullivan was questionable to return.
Adams continued to put his name in the record books in the fourth quarter.
On a third down, Rodgers got hit, and was slow to get up.
Crosby then drilled a 57-yard field goal to give the Packers a 10 point lead, 31-21, with Lions quarterback Matt Stafford being held out due to an injury.
The Packers defense allowed the Lions to score only 3 additional points, coming from Matt Prater’s 32-yard field goal, despite a 71-yard kick return following Crosby’s long field goal.
That field goal would be the final scoring of the game, with the Packers winning 31-24.
The Action 2 News sports team will continue to provide updates throughout the game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. on FOX.
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