GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal as time expired, and the Green Bay Packers benefited from some questionable officiating to edge the Detroit Lions 23-22 on Monday night.
Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35-yard throw to Allen Lazard for his first career score.
Rodgers linked up with Jamaal Williams for the other score. Williams finished with 104 yards on 14 carries for Green Bay, which captured its first win in five tries against its NFC North rival.
The Packers might not have pulled it off if not for two penalties for illegal hands to the face against Detroit's Trey Flowers, the second of which allowed Green Bay to run the clock down to 2 seconds before Crosby's game-winner. In both cases, replays showed Flowers' hands on the neck or shoulder of a Packers lineman.
Matt Prater was good from 26, 22, 41, 51 and 54 yards for the Lions (2-2-1).
Matthew Stafford finished 18 of 32 for 265 yards and was sacked three times.
Kerryon Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the Lions from 1 yard out in the first quarter.
Kenny Golladay had 121 yards on five catches for Detroit.
Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith each had a sack for Green Bay.
3,000 YARDS AND RUNNING
Rodgers surpassed 3,000 career rushing yards on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. He's the 13th Packers player reach the milestone.
Packers: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling had his right leg bend under him on a tackle in the second quarter. He was able to walk off under his own power. WR Geronimo Allison was carted off the field following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Tracy Walker on the first play of the third quarter. He did not return. Allison was being evaluated for a chest injury and a concussion.
Packers: Host the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 20.
Lions: Host the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 20.
The Packers (4-1) are ready to take on the Lions (2-1-1) under the bright lights of Lambeau Field in a Monday Night showdown.
1ST QUARTER: Not much to note in the 1st quarter as the Lions came out strong in the passing game and Aaron Jones fumbled a ball on a drive with good momentum.
2ND QUARTER: Jamaal Williams with a sweeping 5-yard run to the left for the touchdown cutting Detroit's lead to 13-7.
-Za'Darius Smith with the sack on Stafford!
-Jamaal Williams is making a career night with a 45-yard carry, his longest ever as a pro.
-The touchdown drive faltered but the Packers were close enough for a Mason Crosby 37-yard field goal to close the half, 13-10 Detroit.
3RD QUARTER: Geronimo Allison gets knocked out in a helmet-on-helmet collision with Tracy Walker. Walker is flagged for a personal foul. Allison walks to the tent on his own power.
-Crosby comes out again with a 48-yard field goal to tie the game at 13.
-Packers lose possession when a punt turns into a loose ball and Detroit recovers on Green Bay's 25, capitalizing for a go-ahead field goal, 16-13 Detroit.
-Allison is diagnosed with a chest injury and possible concussion. His return to the game is questionable. (He was eventually ruled out.)
-Detroit adds a field goal to extend their lead, 19-13.
4TH QUARTER: Packers open the fourth quarter with a rousing 46-yard pass to Marquz Valdes-Scantling, to the 15-yard line.
-Only to have the drive stolen by an interception -- a ball bouncing off Darrius Shepherd's chest inches from the goal line.
-Lions settle for another field goal and a 9-point lead, 22-13, with 12 minutes plus change remaining.
-Aaron Rodgers long bombs a 35-yard touchdown to Allen Lazard, 22-20 Detroit. It's a two-point game with 9 minutes left.
-Aaron Rodgers runs out of a tight pocket and goes 12 yards for a first down. That put him over 3,000 yards rushing in his career -- the 13th Packers players in history to achieve that.
-Trey Flowers' illegal use of hands penalty sets the Packers up at 1st and 10 with a minute-and-a-half remaining. It's a controversial call on Twitter, where complaints about the officiating abound.
-Packers run the clock and let Mason Crosby kick the game-winning field goal as time runs out, 23-22 Packers. Crosby gets an assist on his Lambeau Leap.
Early NFC North positioning is on the line iN this first of two meetings between the teams.The matchup has been pretty lopsided since the days of Barry Sanders as the Pack have a 25-3 advantage over the Lions in the state of Wisconsin since 1992.
A big part of that has to do with Aaron Rodgers. Mr. Rodgers is 7-2 against Detroit at home with an impressive passer rating of 109.4 in such games.
Despite all those good numbers, Green Bay is 32-32-1 overall on Monday Night Football and Detroit has won the last 4 meetings.
TV: You can catch the game itself on ESPN where Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland will be making the calls. Lisa Salters will be handling sideline duty.
RADIO: If radio is more your flavor you can hear Wayne Larivee and Larry McCarren on a 105.7 WAPL via Milwaukee's WTMJ. Westwood one will also have the call where you can listen to Kevin Harlan and James Lofton with Hub Arkush on sideline duties and Jim Gray hosting pregame and halftime shows. That can be heard on 107.5 The Fan.
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