Live Updates: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers improved to 2-0 by beating the Detroit Lions 42-21 at Lambeau Field. Here's the story.
Packers 42, Lions 21 (7:59 remaining)
Aaron Jones blew through his career-high rushing total in style. After rushing for 154 yards in last year’s Week 16 game at Minnesota, Jones was at 154 yards before clinching the victory with a 14-yard touchdown run. Jones stepped through a tackle at the line of scrimmage and got a downfield block from center Corey Linsley. More than just a runner, Jones had a big blitz pickup on a 41-yard bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling that picked up a third-and-4. Jones also is up to 236 total yards, breaking his career-high 226 from last year’s win at Kansas City. Jamaal Williams ran in the two-point conversion.
Packers 34, Lions 21 (13:00 remaining)
Matthew Stafford stepped up in the pocket and threw a 24-yard bullet to Marvin Hall for the touchdown. The throw zipped between safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Jaire Alexander.
Packers 34, Lions 14 (1:32 remaining)
Mason Crosby’s 35-yard field goal extended the advantage to 20 points. A 25-yard completion to Allen Lazard on third-and-2 was the big play. Crosby passed former Lions kicker Eddie Murray for No. 21 on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 1,596 points. Hall of Famer Lou “The Toe” Groza is No. 20 with 1,608 points.
With 142 rushing yards, Aaron Jones is closing in on his career high of 154 yards vs. Minnesota in Week 16 of last season.
Injury update: Receiver Davante Adams, who didn't play on the scoring drive, is questionable with a hamstring injury.
Packers 31, Lions 14 (8:32 remaining)
With the Lions backed up at their 5, Matthew Stafford served up a pick-six for Chandon Sullivan. Rashan Gary had the pressure and Sullivan read the route perfectly, jumping a pass to Danny Amendola and stumbling and tumbling his way into the end zone with a 7-yard return.
Packers 24, Lions 14 (14:48 remaining)
On the first play of the second half, Aaron Jones shot through a gap, ran through a pair of tackle attempts near the 35 and was off to the races for a career-long 75-yard touchdown. It was Green Bay’s longest rushing touchdown since Ahman Green’s 90-yarder vs. Dallas on Oct. 24, 2003.
Packers 17, Lions 14 (14 seconds remaining)
The Packers swept the Lions last season without leading for a single second. So, in a departure, they took the lead at the end of the half on Aaron Rodgers’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan. Tonyan was matched against Tracy Walker. Walker had outside leverage so Rodgers threw the ball inside for the easy score. The drive started at the 38 with 1 minute remaining. A pair of 15-yard penalties on safety Will Harris, one for unnecessary roughness on defenseless Marquez Valdes-Scantling and the other for a horse-collar tackle on Davante Adams, provided the bulk of the yardage on the 62-yard drive.
Detroit had a chance to tie the game at the break but Matt Prater missed from 57 on the final play.
Green Bay will get the ball to start the second half for a chance to seize control.
Lions 14, Packers 10 (10:09 remaining)
Aaron Rodgers threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Jones on third-and-3 to get the Packers within four points. Jones did a Lambeau Leap into the empty north end-zone stands. A 22-yard completion to Jones was the drive’s big play. Rodgers completed all five passes on the drive.
Lions 14, Packers 3 (4 seconds remaining)
Matthew Stafford threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones on third-and-goal. Detroit converted three third downs after not facing a single third down on the opening possession. The big play was a 25-yard run by Adrian Peterson to the Green Bay 9 in which Lions guard Jonah Jackson walled off Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams to give Peterson clear sailing around right end. After allowing three consecutive drives to end last week’s game, Detroit has scored on the first two of this game. Detroit has a 135-50 edge in total yards with the first quarter almost complete.
Lions 7, Packers 3 (5:42 remaining)
Mason Crosby got the Packers on the board with a 43-yard field goal. The big play came on fourth-and-6, when Rodgers completed a 10-yard pass to Allen Lazard. Two things were noteworthy. First, the Lions must have considered the possibility Rodgers was trying to coax them offside. Rodgers got the ball as the play clock expired, hit Lazard, and then rushed to the line of scrimmage to not let the Lions challenge. Rodgers missed Jones on a flare that would have moved the chains on second down.
Lions 7, Packers 0 (10:33 remaining)
Detroit took the opening kickoff and acted like a hot knife through the Packers’ butter defense. The Lions never even faced a third down on their 75-yard scoring drive. The two big plays: a 29-yard completion to tight end T.J. Hockenson in which he broke tackles by Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage and Kevin King, and a 15-yard personal foul on Za’Darius Smith after dropping Kerryon Johnson for a loss of 5. Johnson scored from the 1 and did a Lambeau Leap to the empty north end-zone stands.
The Packers moved from a 6-point to 6.5-point favorites at PointsBet. Almost 90 percent of the bets have come on Green Bay’s side, perhaps because of Detroit’s injury situation. Five starters will be out, including cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman.
That could play into the favor of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers passed for 364 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 127.5 rating in a Week 1 romp at Minnesota. It was his 16th career game with 300-plus passing yards and four-plus touchdown passes, tied for fourth-most in NFL history. With 47,310 career passing yards, last week he surpassed Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for 12th-most in NFL history. Rodgers also reached 368 career passing touchdowns, moving past Eli Manning (366) for the seventh-most in NFL history.
He has 41 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions for a 104.7 rating in 20 career starts vs. Detroit. Last year, he led a pair of late rallies to beat the Lions in Week 6 at Lambeau Field and Week 17 at Detroit. The Packers never led those games until Mason Crosby’s field goals as time expired.
Based on pregame warmups, Lucas Patrick will start at right guard and Rick Wagner at right tackle. Billy Turner, who is listed as the starting right tackle, is active after missing last week's game with a knee injury but does not appear to be starting.
During warmups, Mason Crosby made a 60-yard field goal to the south end of the stadium.
Once again, the Packers stayed in the locker room for the national anthem. Most of the Lions lined up in the end zone, though a few ran into the locker room.