A last second heave to the end zone by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went unanswered as the Detroit Lions held off a late surging Packers offense for a 23-21 at home on Thursday Night Football.
Detroit (5-7), who came into the game riding a three-game winning streak that started with a win in Lambeau, were able to hang on after leading Green Bay (7-5) 20-0 halfway through the third quarter.
“Once we led by 20 in the third, I had confidence in my superior play-calling ability and our outstanding defensive secondary to hang on against any late Aaron Rodger’s run,” said Lions head coach Jim Caldwell after the game.
The Packers were given one last untimed play at the end of the game after Lions defensive end Devin Taylor was given a penalty for a blatant facemask that in no way can be disputed by anyone in terms of its severity. Rodgers then proceeded with an attempt at a 61-yard hail mary touchdown pass but Detroit’s wise secondary created an impenetrable formation that was no match for Packers tight end Richard Rodgers and others.
“P-A-N-I-C. Panic. We are in a downward spiral with no way out. Please, help us Jordy,” said Aaron Rodgers while squeezing the remaining life out of a cute little stress ball.
Green Bay was unable to ride another superb performance by running back Eddie Lacy who had just over 125 yards rushing in the game. Lacy has accumulated 540 yards over the past 3 games along with a small side of fries and a regular coke.
While Detroit is a long shot for a wildcard playoff spot at 5-7, Green Bay is now in trouble of losing one of the two spots after losing five of their last six games with the Minnesota Vikings proving everyone right by having the NFC North title easily in hand.
The Packers will return home next week to face the Dallas Cowboys and comeback player of the year candidate Johnny Manziel. The Detroit Lions will look to keep the good vibes going as they travel on the road to face coach of the year candidate Jeff Fisher and the St Louis Rams.