Detroit 13
Green Bay16



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FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Green Bay0010616
1st Quarter
Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards in 4:35
Key Plays:
  Bryson 6-yard run on 3rd-and-3 to Green Bay 16
  17-yard defensive holding penalty on Packers' Carroll to Green Bay 3
2nd Quarter
Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards in 3:12
Key Plays:
  Swinton 6-yard punt return to Green Bay 48
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Streets to Green Bay 38
  Jones 6-yard run on 3rd-and-2 to Green Bay 24
Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards in 4:14
Key Plays:
  Jones 31-yard run to Green Bay 37
  Harrington 17-yard run on 3rd-and-11 to Green Bay 21
3rd Quarter
Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards in 4:24
Key Plays:
  15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Lions' Rogers to Green Bay 35
  15-yard face mask penalty on Lions' DeVries plus 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Lions' Rogers sets up first down at Detroit 33
  Green 4-yard run on 3rd-and-2 to Detroit 21
Drive: 10 plays, 90 yards in 5:05
Key Plays:
  Favre 11-yard pass to Driver to Green Bay 21
  Davenport 9-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Green Bay 39
  Favre 14-yard pass to Driver to Detroit 47
  Fisher 13-yard run to Detroit 34
4th Quarter
Drive: 5 plays, 44 yards in :59
Key Plays:
  Favre 39-yard pass to Driver to Detroit 15
Drive: 10 plays, 37 yards in 3:25
Key Plays:
  Detroits' Harris 19-yard punt puts ball on Green Bay 42
  Favre 11-yard pass to Henderson to Detroit 30
  Favre 10-yard pass to Walker on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 18
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey225470018
Packers Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Favre, Brett36191881039
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Jones, Kevin331564.7311
Harrington, Joey4297.3170
Bryson, Shawn284.060
Packers Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Green, Ahman23763.380
Fisher, Tony22010.0130
Davenport, Najeh3124.090
Favre, Brett188.080
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Hakim, Az-Zahir11818.0180
Williams, Roy11313.0130
Streets, Tai11010.0100
Fitzsimmons, Casey199.090
Bryson, Shawn1-3-3.000
Packers Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Green, Ahman5204.0110
Driver, Donald48721.8391
Franks, Bubba4297.390
Walker, Javon3268.7120
Henderson, William11111.0110
Fisher, Tony11010.0100
Davenport, Najeh155.050
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Holmes, Earl13670-0
Lehman, Teddy7610-0
Walker, Bracy6510-0
Davis, James6420-0
Goodman, Andre6240-0
Rogers, Shaun5230-0
Curry, Donte'4310-0
Marion, Brock3300-0
DeVries, Jared3211-3
Bly, Dre3210-0
Redding, Cory3210-0
Bell, Marcus3120-0
Hall, James2110-0
Wilkinson, Dan1100-0
Smith, Keith1100-0
Pritchett, Kelvin1010-0
Lewis, Alex1010-0
Rainer, Wali1010-0
Packers T S A Sk-Yd
Barnett, Nick14681-7
Lenon, Paris10640-0
Roman, Mark7430-0
Gbaja-Biamila, Kabeer6511-5
Sharper, Darren6420-0
Kampman, Aaron5410-0
Hunt, Cletidus3210-0
Peterson, Kenny2200-0
Jackson, Grady2110-0
Navies, Hannibal2110-0
Harris, Al1100-0
Jenkins, Cullen1100-0
Carroll, Ahmad1100-0
Truluck, R-Kal1100-0
Lee, James1100-0
Thomas, Joey1100-0
Hawthorne, Michael1100-0
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick824530.61441
Packers No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Barker, Bryan728140.10164
Punt Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie3248.0140
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Kickoff Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie38227.3300
DeVries, Jared155.050
Curry, Donte'1-1-1.000
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Ferguson, Robert11515.0150
Davenport, Najeh11212.0120
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason1/12/231 36 
Packers XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Longwell, Ryan1/13/336 28 23 
Referee- Larry Nemmers, Umpire- Undrey Wash, Head linesman- Paul Weidner, Line judge- Mike Spanier, Field judge- Mike Weir, Side judge- Cartlon Cheffers, Back judge- Kirk Dornan
Attendance - Time
70,497 ; 3:23
Team Statistics LionsPackers
First downs1720
3rd-Down Efficiency5 - 164 - 14
4th-Down Efficiency0 - 00 - 1
Total Net Yards228301
Total Plays6366
Average Gains3.64.6
Net Yards Rushing193116
Average Per Rush4.94.0
Net Yards Passing35185
Completed-Attempted5 - 2219 - 36
Yards Per Pass1.55.0
Sacked-Yards Lost2 - 121 - 3
Had Intercepted00
Punts-Average8 - 30.67 - 40.1
Return Yardage240
Punts-Returns3 - 240 - 0
Kickoffs-Returns5 - 862 - 27
Interceptions-Returns0 - 00 - 0
Penalties-Yards10 - 859 - 94
Fumbles-Lost0 - 00 - 0
Time Of Possession30:3129:29


News: 12/13/04

The ghost of Marty Mornhinweg blunders past blew through Lambeau Field with gusty vengeance, sweeping away every last shred of common sense from his successor.

Once again, a Lions coach took the gas for the taking the wind.

But unlike Mornhinweg's infamous overtime gaffe when he won the coin toss and gave Chicago the ball, Mariucci thought this decision was without risk.

He had a 13-0 halftime lead. He had the ball for nearly two-thirds of the first two quarters. What's there to think about? Take the wind, grab the momentum and seize the jugular.

But as is always the case with the Lions, the throat they clutch is their own.

This franchise's never-ending saga of spontaneous combustion is liberally sprinkled with good intentions turned horrifyingly bad. Green Bay's 16-13 comeback win was but another chapter of the same old story.

You walk away from another blown opportunity and wonder, what the heck were they thinking?

You always take the wind in the fourth quarter when the gusts reach 30 m.p.h. as they did Sunday. It's aggressive thinking with an offense capable of putting the ball into the end zone, but it's foolhardy with an offense that has now gone five straight games without producing a second-half touchdown.

"I didn't want to be punting again right away against the wind," Mariucci justified.

Doesn't exactly sound like somebody brimming with confidence regarding his offense, does it?

The man is truly becoming a Lions coach before our very eyes.

He had the look of a defeated man as he explained his decisions afterward. The excuses didn't roll off the tongue as fluidly as in other postmortems. This loss might have hurt Mariucci more than any other in his two-year tenure with the Lions.

"A lot of things were at stake," he said, "and it was very close but it didn't happen, so that in itself is disappointing. We have three games left to go, and I know this team will keep practicing hard and preparing well and find a way to win some games here."

But, for the first time, Mariucci looked as though he didn't believe the words coming from his mouth.

This was an inexcusable loss.

For the second straight time on the road, the Lions couldn't hold a double-digit second-half lead against a divisional opponent. (A 19-7 third-quarter lead at Minnesota turned into a 22-19 loss three games before.)

The reason Mariucci warranted a five-year, $25-million contract was that he would instill discipline and legitimacy to a football product that nobody took seriously. But here we go again with the same stupid mistakes.

The Packers scored 10 points in the third quarter -- WITH THE WIND IN THEIR FACES!!!

The Lions committed seven penalties in the third quarter -- five on the Packers' first drive alone.

They gave Green Bay 55 yards in penalties on that drive.

That's more than half the length of the field that the Lions nicely gift-wrapped for the Packers on an extremely windy day.

Shaun Rogers was nailed twice for 15-yard personal fouls. And the Lions got two personal fouls on one play when Jared DeVries couldn't keep his mitts off Brett Favre's face mask and Rogers couldn't keep his big yap shut, complaining to the officials.

Rogers was promptly dispatched to the sidelines for a high-decibel lecture from the coaches about losing one's composure.

But is anybody really getting the message? Because nobody's learning from the mistakes.

"It was really about us today," said Rogers. "I personally feel to be a good player that I can't let my team down and have penalties in frustration."

This wasn't the next coming of the Ice Bowl -- darn it!

It has long been my professional desire to experience the frigid wonders of Lambeau Field -- the snowy terrain, the steamy breath, the frozen facial hair and the bone-chilling wind -- all from the insulated, heated comfort of the press box.

There was more snow in Detroit than there was here, but the wind proved tricky.

It blew so strong that the goalposts swayed. It growled into the referee's microphone when he announced the game's seemingly endless array of penalties.

And we thought it was just bad bratwurst.

Throwing the ball became an adventure, emphasizing the importance of a ground game that can not only move the chains but also warm the spirit.

Kevin Jones was a two-legged space heater for his teammates. Each big gain pumped up their confidence. Every extra yard added another degree to the thermometer in the Lions' minds, and that's half the battle in beating the Packers when they have the home-refrigerator advantage.

Jones is emerging as the favorite for this year's Lions Silver Lining Award, the annual ritual of finding the tiniest positive onto which to pin those traditional "wait until next season" hopes.

His 196 yards against Arizona a week ago raised eyebrows, but this 156-yard effort -- in Green Bay, in the cold, in what has become Detroit purgatory for more than a decade -- was the most impressive performance by a Lions running back since Barry Sanders, because it came when expectations were the highest.

But it was wasted in the wind.


On a typical December day at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers worked more magic.

Ryan Longwell kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds remaining as the Packers rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Detroit Lions, 16-13.

It was the third game-winning kick of the season for Longwell, who lifted Green Bay (8-5) to its 14th straight home win over the Lions. The Packers moved one game ahead of Minnesota in the NFC North.

With a game-time temperature of 31 degrees, occasional snow flurries and a wind gusting to as high as 50 miles per hour, the Lions (5-7) rode the running of Kevin Jones to a 13-0 halftime lead.

Jones rushed for 156 yards on 33 carries but was held to 36 yards on 10 attempts in the second half.

The wind, which produced a 21-degree wind chill, played havoc on both quarterbacks as Green Bay's Brett Favre completed just 3-of-15 passes for 28 yards in the first half. Joey Harrington was no better, connecting on just 3-of-12 tosses for 20 yards in the opening half.

But Favre was a different quarterback in the second half, going 16-of-21 for 160 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers started the winning drive on the Lions 43 following a 19-yard punt by Nick Harris into the wind. Favre got Green Bay into field-goal range with an 11-yard completion to Javon Walker on 3rd-and-10 from the 28. Following another first down, the Packers ran down the clock to set up Longwell for the winning kick.

After Green Bay pulled within 13-10 on Favre's 23-yard TD pass to Donald Driver with 3:10 left in the third quarter, the Packers tied it on Longwell's 28-yard field goal 4:14 into the fourth.

Scott's Game Commentary:

For the 14th straight time the Lions played the Packers on the road, they lost! Unlike the past few visits, the honolulu blue and silver led the entire game up until Ryan Longwell kicked the game winning kick with two seconds left. The first half belonged to the Defense which forced the Packers to go three and out on the first three drives of the game. The Defense was stellar in the first half as they did not give up a single point. On the contrary, the Offense had five drives that started with great field position and managed only 13 points. Kevin Jones left off as he did last week as he had over 100 yards in the first half and scored the Lions only touchdown. Jones finished with 156 yards and has been the only bright spot on the Offense. Joey Harrington keeps adding to the laundry list of reasons why he is a BUST and should not be starting next year. How is 5 for 22 and 47 passing yards??? Are you kidding me? I'm sorry, but once again the Ford's made a grave mistake making Millen draft Harrington when he had no intentions on doing so. Harrington is an utter flop and I can definitely say McMahon would have been no worse. When Harrington needed to make the big play, he once again missed his target which is a re-occurring theme the past seven weeks. With the blowing wind and momentum swinging the Packers way, it was typical for punter Nick Harris to have a 19 yard shank that setup the game winning field goal for the Pack. Too bad- the Lions could have won this game against a very mediocre Packers team.


*Offense: --- D-. With the exception of Kevin Jones, the Offense is by far the worst in the NFL. Harrington continues to lose confidence and better be ready for the boo birds next week against the Vikings. I just will never understand why the honolulu blue and silver can never find a decent QB. I cannot remember such piss poor stats for a QB in a game. 23% pass completion for 46 yards is laughable.What ever happened to Roy Williams? I don't buy that he's still hurt. His rookie season when belly side up. The offensive line struggled again in the second half to open holes for Jones. The Offense had so many golden opportunities in the 1st half to put the game away and blew it.

*Defense: --- B-. The Defense played their best half of the year and then fell apart in the 2nd half. Kevin Smith had a golden opportunity late in the 2nd quarter to intercept a Favre pass and return it the distance to give the Lions a 20-0 lead. He flat out dropped the ball and knew he botched it. The second half was just awful as the Defense committed four penalities that led to the Packers first points of the game. With the Packers driving late in the game, The Defense gave up a 3rd and 8 at the 28 which allowed the Packers to setup an easy chip shot field goal to win the game. Too bad they wasted such a stellar performance in the 1st half.

*Special Teams: --- D. Nick Harris is a joke! I sure hope the Lions can find a better punter than him next year. With the game on the line, Harris shanked a punt 19 yards that setup the game winning drive. Hanson made both his field goals and Reggie Swinton did a better job returning the ball than he did against the Cardinals. A holding call after Swinton had a great return in the 4th quarter was a back breaker.

*Coaching: --- D. Why can't Mooch have his team ready to play in the second half? Yet again, the team blew a golden opportunity late in the game that resulted in defeat. Why did he take the wind in the 3rd quarter instead of the 4th? I can only hope that now that the season is pratically over, Mooch will give McMahon a shot since there is no way he can be any worse than Harrington.

*Overall: --- F. As far fetched as it may sound, had the Lions upset the Packers, they would have had a great shot of first place next week against the Vikings. But, in a carbon copy of the Vikings game earlier this year, the Lions got off to a big lead and watched it disinagrate right before their very eyes. At 5-8, their chances of making the playoffs are over and the countdown to next year has begun. Up next are the Minnesota Vikings, who also are self destructing and no longer in first place. I really have no idea what to expect this coming up Sunday since both teams are impossible to predict. All i'm hoping for is to see the Lions win a home game since every game I have been to this year at Ford Field has resulted in a loss. The Lions are on pace to finish 6-10 and their fourth straight losing season.

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