DETROIT (WBAY) - The Green Bay Packers (13-3) just barely survived a massacre in Motown by mounting a second half comeback against the Detroit Lions (3-12-1).
In poetic fashion, K Mason Crosby sealed the 23-20 victory at Ford Field with a last-second field goal. It's redemption for Crosby who missed four field goals at the stadium in a Packers loss to the Lions in 2018.
The win gives the Packers a first round bye in the playoffs and keeps them in the running for home field advantage.
BIG difference playing the #Saints at home than on the road....BIG BIG BIG— Chris Roth (@rothchris) December 29, 2019
The Packers offense started out sluggish. Aaron Rodgers was 1-for-7 in the first quarter. The Packers were down 17-3 at the half.
Rodgers and the offense turned it around in the second half, putting up 20 points and eventually sealing the deal.
RB Aaron Jones topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career.
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Packers RT Bryan Bulaga is being evaluated for a concussion. Jared Veldheer is in. C Corey Linsey is ruled out due to a back injury.
The Packers have another successful drive, but are unable to put it in the end zone. Mason Crosby hits a 40-yard field goal. Lions - 17 Packers - 13.
Crosby is good from 40, second straight 12 play drive covers 50 yards. 17-13 Cats with 12:07 left.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
The Lions pick up a 56-yard field goal. Lions - 20 Packers - 13.
The Packers go three-and-out and punt.
Lions QB David Blough is sacked by Blake Martinez and then Blough throws an interception to Blake Martinez. The Lions are penalized 15 yards for a personal foul after the play.
What a sequence by Blake Martinez: Sack on first down, interception second down. The Packers have a chance.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 29, 2019
The Packers face a 4th and 1. Rodgers and Adams connect to pick up the 1st down.
On 3rd and 10, Rodgers connects with Allen Lazard for a 28-yard touchdown. Packers - 20 Lions - 20.
The Packers defense steps up and forces the Lions to punt with just over three minutes left.
Z Smith with third down heat forces the incompletion. Packers will have plenty of time.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
Rodgers connects with Lazard for a 1st down. Lazard is hurt on the play and walks off the field. He's getting his left ankle taped.
Rodgers takes a deep shot to Kumerow who pushes off to give him space. Now it's 2nd and 20 at the 30 at the 2 minute warning.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
Rodgers goes long for Jake Kumerow on 3rd and 20 and is intercepted.
The Lions fail to take advantage of the INT and go three-and-out.
On the next drive, Packers K Mason Crosby hits the last second field goal for a 23-20 victory.
Aaron Rodgers overthrows a wide-open Allen Lazard.
And Rodgers sailed another one on his first throw of the second half with Lazard open on a deep post. https://t.co/xAVEUwJ7YT— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 29, 2019
Aaron Rodgers hits Jimmy Graham for a 20-yard play to convert on 3rd down.
One-thousand-yard man Aaron Jones runs it to the Lions 36.
Bryan Bulaga is called for a false start--five yard penalty.
Rodgers continues to overthrow his receivers, setting up a 51-yard field goal. Mason Crosby misses. Lions - 17 Packers - 3.
Packers defense steps up to hold the Lions to a punt.
Rodgers is 8 for 10 on the 95-yard drive.
Rodgers connections with Davante Adams for a touchdown. Lions - 17 Packers - 10.
Finally. Rodgers floats a long cross field lob to Adams in the right corner of the end zone for a 20 yard touch.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
The Packers defense holds Lions to a three-and-out.
Aaron Rodgers connects with Davante Adams for a 17-yard catch, but Adams was out of bounds. Catch is challenged and called back.
Lions blitz and Aaron Rodgers is sacked on third down. Packers punt. Rodgers is 2-for-9.
Packers defense holds Lions to a punt.
Packers C Corey Linsley is questionable with a back injury. Lucas Patrick is in at center.
Packers fail to put a drive together and punt.
Rodgers now 2-11 for 29 yards. Against worst pass defense in the league....yeesh— Chris Roth (@rothchris) December 29, 2019
Jaire Alexander manhandles Danny Amendola and easy penalty for unneccary roughness...Is frustration sinking in all around now? #GBveDET— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) December 29, 2019
Lions QB David Blough nearly runs it into the end zone but falls just short. It's 4th and goal and Lions go for it and pick up the touchdown. Lions - 14 Packers - 0.
David Blough: 9-of-15 for 115 yards.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 29, 2019
Aaron Rodgers: 2-of-11, 29 yards.
Lions 14, Packers 0 https://t.co/nSpueGPPl4
Packers RB Aaron Jones misses a diving catch and his hurt in the process. Packers doctor looking at his right hand on the sidelines.
Rodgers connects with Jimmy Graham twice and then to Davante Adams in Lions territory.
Aaron Rodgers connects with Geronimo Allison, who fumbles. Packers recover.
Aaron Jones is back in the game.
Packers settle for a touchdown near the end the half. Lions - 14 Packers - 3.
That was TD 20 right there, just a little off from Rodgers again— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) December 29, 2019
With 20 seconds left in the half, Ty Johnson rushes into Packers territory--within field goal range for Matt Prater. Lions - 17 Packers - 3.
I can’t recall the last time I saw a team come out this flat against a bad team with this much to play for. Matt LaFleur hasn’t shown a fiery side in public, but I’d say he may need to light into his guys in the locker room now.— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) December 29, 2019
So... more on those leads the Lions have blown... 13-0 at GB, 10-0 at DEN, 17-7 vs CHI— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) December 29, 2019
Packers win the toss and defer. Lions start with ball. Za'Darius Smith called for roughing the passer on first play - 15 yard penalty.
Lions are unable to convert on 3rd and 4 and punt.
Jimmy Graham drops a pass from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers go three-and-out.
Packers LB Preston Smith comes off the field, gets ankle taped.
Lions get on board first with a trick play reverse touchdown. Danny Amendola tosses 19-yard touchdown to Lions QB David Blough. Lions - 7 Packers - 0.
Flea flicker at Lambeau. Another at Ford Field. David Blough catches the wide open 19 yard TD toss from Danny Amendola.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
Nothing to lose play call there. But of more concern, #Packers D gave up 3 explosive plays on that drive, and have already allowed 6 plays of 10 or more yards, with another called back by penalty. https://t.co/1PdcZjqqob— Chris Roth (@rothchris) December 29, 2019
Aaron Rodgers hits Davante Adams for a 17-yard completion.
Packers go for it on 4th and 1 and pick up the first down with an Aaron Jones run.
The Packers are called for back-to-back penalties--pass interference by Davante Adams and too many men on the field.
Marques Valdez-Scantling drops a pass. Packers punt.
Packers are a mess. Adams OPI wipes out first down and then they're caught with 12 in the huddle. Instead of first and 10 at the 19, it's 3rd and 21 from the 40.— Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) December 29, 2019
Two drives, two drops: Jimmy Graham would've had 20-plus on the opening drive and Marques Valdes-Scantling would've put the Packers in field goal range on the second one. Instead, they trail the Lions 7-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter. https://t.co/JJkrtrUMeG— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 29, 2019
It's a quick three-and-out for the Lions on the next drive.
Packers RB Aaron Jones hits 1,000 yards rushing as the quarter ends. It's Jones' first 1,000-yard season.
* 11 WR Ryan Grant
* 25 S Will Redmond
* 30 RB Jamaal Williams
* 45 FB Danny Vitale
* 70 T/G Alex Light
* 79 T John Leglue
* 28 CB Michael Jackson
* 30 CB Dee Virgin
* 36 RB Wes Hills
* 69 DE Jonathan Wynn
* 71 T Rick Wagner
* 74 G Caleb Benenoch
* 91 DT A'Shawn Robinson