Green Bay38
Detroit 10

SCORING


 
 

 
FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Green Bay71014738
Detroit730010
 
Scoring
1st Quarter
GNBTDDONALD DRIVER 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 8:12
Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards in 6:13
Key Plays:
  Green 4-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Green Bay 38
  Favre 11-yard pass to Driver to midfield
  Davenport 9-yard run to Detroit 41
  Favre 17-yard pass to Fisher to Detroit 7
GREEN BAY 7-0
DETTDAZ-ZAHIR HAKIM 28 YD PASS FROM JOEY HARRINGTON (JASON HANSON KICK), 11:13
Drive: 6 plays, 67 yards in 3:01
Key Plays:
  Harrington 26-yard pass to Tinner to Green Bay 41
  Harrington 6-yard pass to Hakim on 3rd-and-3 to Green Bay 28
GREEN BAY 7-7
2nd Quarter
GNBTDTONY FISHER 13 YD PASS FROM BRETT FAVRE (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 5:50
Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards in 2:52
Key Plays:
  Favre 50-yard pass to Walker on 3rd-and-3 to Detroit 17
GREEN BAY 14-7
DETFGJASON HANSON 48 YD, 10:19
Drive: 5 plays, 17 yards in 2:21
Key Plays:
  Drummond 27-yard punt return to Green Bay 47
  Harrington 11-yard pass to Streets to Green Bay 36
  Harrington 9-yard run on 3rd-and-13 to Green Bay 30
GREEN BAY 14-10
GNBFGRYAN LONGWELL 50 YD, 15:00
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards in 1:47
Key Plays:
  Favre 23-yard pass to Driver to Green Bay 47
  Favre 14-yard pass to Driver on 3rd-and-3 to Detroit 32
GREEN BAY 17-10
3rd Quarter
GNBTDDARREN SHARPER 36 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 4:08
GREEN BAY 24-10
GNBTDNAJEH DAVENPORT 13 YD RUN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 11:32
Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards in 6:18
Key Plays:
  Favre 4-yard pass to Green on 3rd-and-3 to Detroit 40
  Favre 12-yard pass to Walker on 3rd-and-9 to Detroit 27
  Favre 12-yard pass to Chatman to Detroit 13
GREEN BAY 31-10
4th Quarter
GNBTDDONALD DRIVER 20 YD PASS FROM AHMAN GREEN (RYAN LONGWELL KICK), 4:59
Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards in 6:13
Key Plays:
  Green 10-yard run to Green Bay 33
  Favre 17-yard pass to Chatman on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 48
  Davenport 11-yard run to Detroit 32
  Green 9-yard run on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 21
GREEN BAY 38-10
 
Statistics
Passing
Packers Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Favre, Brett38252572050
Green, Ahman11201020
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey23121011128
Rushing
Packers Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Green, Ahman21813.9100
Davenport, Najeh10626.2131
Fisher, Tony4112.870
Luchey, Nick252.530
Favre, Brett2-2-1.000
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Harrington, Joey4123.090
Pinner, Artose671.230
Bryson, Shawn362.040
Jones, Kevin252.560
Swinton, Reggie133.030
Receiving
Packers Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Driver, Donald911012.2232
Chatman, Antonio55010.0170
Franks, Bubba3196.380
Green, Ahman331.040
Walker, Javon26231.0500
Fisher, Tony23015.0171
Henderson, William231.520
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Hakim, Az-Zahir44912.3281
Bryson, Shawn341.340
Pinner, Artose22914.5260
Streets, Tai2157.5110
Alexander, Stephen144.040
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Packers T S A Sk-Yd
Barnett, Nick6601-9
Carroll, Ahmad6600-0
Sharper, Darren4310-0
Diggs, Na'il3300-0
Navies, Hannibal3210-0
Gbaja-Biamila, Kabeer3120-0
Kampman, Aaron2200-0
Harris, Al1100-0
Williams, Corey1100-0
Smith, Larry1100-0
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Holmes, Earl14860-0
Walker, Bracy9540-0
Marion, Brock7610-0
Lehman, Teddy7250-0
Smith, Keith4310-0
Davis, James4220-0
Holt, Terrence4220-0
Lewis, Alex4130-0
Rogers, Shaun3210-0
Redding, Cory3210-0
Wilkinson, Dan3120-0
Pritchett, Kelvin3120-0
Bryant, Fernando2200-0
Cash, Chris2200-0
Bly, Dre2200-0
Hall, James1100-0
Rainer, Wali1010-0
DeVries, Jared1010-0
Edwards, Kalimba1010-0
Interceptions
Packers INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Sharper, Darren13636.0361
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
None
Punting
Packers No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Barker, Bryan521743.41054
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick729842.60151
Punt Returns
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Chatman, Antonio33210.7120
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie24824.0270
Kickoff Returns
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Davenport, Najeh11616.0160
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie618230.3580
Kicking
Packers XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Longwell, Ryan5/51/150 
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason1/11/148 
Fumbles
     Rec
Packers No. Lost Forced O D
Davenport, Najeh10000
Chatman, Antonio00010
     Rec
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
Harrington, Joey10000
Pinner, Artose00010
Officials
Referee- Bill Leavy, Umpire- Rick Hall, Head linesman- Gary Slaughter, Line judge- Charles Steward, Field judge- Gary Cavaletto, Side judge- Don Carlsen, Back judge- Phil Luckett
Attendance - Time
62,938 ; 2:50
Team Statistics PackersLions
First downs285
Rushing121
Passing154
Penalty10
3rd-Down Efficiency8 - 141 - 11
4th-Down Efficiency1 - 10 - 1
Total Net Yards434125
Total Plays7840
Average Gains5.63.1
Net Yards Rushing15733
Rushes3916
Average Per Rush4.02.1
Net Yards Passing27792
Completed-Attempted26 - 3912 - 23
Yards Per Pass7.13.8
Sacked-Yards Lost0 - 01 - 9
Had Intercepted01
Punts-Average5 - 43.47 - 42.6
Return Yardage6848
Punts-Returns3 - 322 - 48
Kickoffs-Returns1 - 166 - 182
Interceptions-Returns1 - 360 - 0
Penalties-Yards3 - 152 - 20
Fumbles-Lost1 - 01 - 0
Time Of Possession39:4120:19

News: 10/18/04

Like an avalanche on a snowy mountain range, the boos cascading down on Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington trickled down slowly at first before exploding into an unstoppable and fever-pitched crescendo Sunday.

Entering the game third in the National Football Conference with a 92.3 passer rating, Harrington looked dazed and confused most of the day in completing 12 of 23 passes for just 101 yards in the Green Bay Packers' 38-10 rout.

The smattering of jeers started in the second quarter, when Harrington threw behind two Lions receivers.

It then hit a higher tone when Packers safety Darren Sharper picked off a pass by Harrington and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Packers a 24-10 lead with 10 minutes 52 seconds left in the third quarter.

By the time the Packers had built a 38-10 lead in the fourth quarter, the cat-calls among the home fans peaked when Harrington took the field for a Lions' possession.

The verbal abuse by the Lions' faithful after what has been a relatively successful season irked Harrington, but he said he took comfort in knowing the same thing happened to Brett Favre and the rest of the Packers last Monday during a home loss to Tennessee.

"If he can get booed there, then anybody can," Harrington said. "Do I think it's right? No. Can I go back and change it? No. That's still not going to affect me."

Harrington wasn't the only focus of displeasure for Lions fans, given a team that entered the game second-to-last in the National Football League in total offense and couldn't muster anything against a Packers defense that had been sieve-like in the last three games.

Several parts of the statistics sheet were just plain ugly for the Lions. For starters, Harrington was the team's leading rusher with 12 yards in four carries. The Lions also gained 125 yards of total offense, or 105 fewer than the 230 total return yards Eddie Drummond garnered for Detroit on kickoffs and punts.

If those numbers weren't bad enough, the Lions gained just 18 yards and failed to record a single first down in the second half.

"I keep looking at these statistics and I'm taken aback," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said.

In fairness to Harrington and the rest of the offense, three players the Lions counted on at the beginning of the year to put some fear into opposing defenses - second-year wide receiver Charles Rogers, rookie running back Kevin Jones and rookie wide receiver Roy Williams - either sat out or were limited with injuries.

Rogers is out for the season with a broken collarbone, Jones returned from an ankle injury but carried the ball only two times and Williams sat out with a sprained ankle.

The only highlight for the Lions was a 28-yard touchdown pass from Harrington to Az-Zahir Hakim that tied the score at 7-7 with 3:01 left in the first quarter.

Other than that and a 48-yard field goal by Jason Hanson in the second quarter, it was simply a performance worthy of 62,938 boos for the Lions, whose average starting field position in the game was their 35-yard line.

"I think the thing that really frustrated me and the offense was the terrific field position we had," Lions guard Damien Woody said. "We couldn't take advantage of it."

Williams sits

After suffering a sprained left ankle last week in a victory at Atlanta and not practicing all week, Williams suited up but was kept out of the game Sunday. Mariucci said since there weren't any other receivers to activate on the roster, he decided to suit up Williams in case he was healthy enough to play. Since Williams had trouble cutting in pregame warm-ups and feared aggravating the injury, he didn't.

"He just felt like he wasn't ready," Mariucci said.

The NFL's offensive rookie of the month in September, Williams entered the game with 20 receptions for 295 yards and four touchdowns.

Lions' secret weapon

Drummond entered Sunday leading the NFL with 457 kickoff-return yards and added to that total with 182 against the Packers. He also had 48 return yards on punts and was the main bright spot in an otherwise grim day for the Lions.

"Our return game was excellent; we just simply didn't win offense and defense," Mariucci said. "You've got to win two out of three to be close in a football game."

Little to show

The Lions entered the game third in the NFL in turnover margin at plus-9 and tied for third for the most sacks with New England at 16, but the Packers neutralized Detroit in both areas. Detroit was minus-1 in the turnover margin and failed to record a sack.


RECAP


Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers cannot be counted out that easily.

Favre moved past a pair of all-time greats in a sparkling performance, throwing for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he led the Packers to a badly needed 38-10 victory over the Detroit Lions.

One of the top quarterbacks in NFL history, Favre was off to a 1-4 start for the first time in his illustrious career. The Packers had lost four straight games, including Monday's 48-27 beating at the hands of Tennessee which represented the most points ever allowed by Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Questions arose whether the Packers would be competitive this season - and if the 35-year-old Favre would call it quits if they were not. Led by their three-time MVP, Green Bay answered in emphatic fashion.

"We're 2-4, we're still in a big hole there's no doubt about it," Favre said. "But we needed this win. We needed last week's win and we didn't do it. We'll take what we can get right now and we still have a ways to go."

"He did have a great game and I thought the offensive line and receivers stepped up as well as our defense," Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said.

Favre completed 25-of-38 passes, including TD tosses to Donald Driver and running back Tony Fisher in the first half. That gave him TD passes in 31 straight games, moving him past Dan Marino for the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Johnny Unitas' remarkable 47.

However, it wasn't Favre who connected on Green Bay's longest touchdown pass. Ahman Green, who also ran for 81 yards, gave Favre a hand with a 20 yard TD toss to Donald Driver in the fourth quarter.

"A trick play and reverses are either really good or they're bad. There's really no in-between," Favre said. "When the play came in, I grabbed him and asked him, 'Do you want to run the play?' I was hoping he'd say 'No' so I could throw it."

In the second half, Favre eclipsed Fran Tarkenton and moved into fourth place in career passing yardage. Tarkenton threw for 47,003 yards.

Favre's performance did not go unnoticed by Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who had a difficult day as he completed 12 of 23 passes for just 101 yards.

"When you look at Favre last week the unthinkable happened - the Packers were booed at Lambeau Field," Harrington said. "They didn't play well and they came back this week and put on a show. That's what we have to learn. That we are going to come back next week and do the same thing we planned on doing today, and the same thing we did last week."

The suddenly inspired Packers came up with their best defensive performance of the season, holding the Lions (3-2) to 33 rushing yards and 125 overall. Detroit did not have a first down in the second half.

"The main thing on defense was we had more energy," said safety Darren Sharper, who returned an interception 35 yards for a TD. "Previously we were just out there walking around thinking about what was the next bad thing that was going to happen, instead of flying around and no matter if something bad happens just thinking about the next play."

"We held them 1-for-11 on third down and that's significant because that means you're getting off the field," Sherman said.

It was a disappointing performance by Detroit, which handed Atlanta its first defeat of the season last week.

"You get a team like the Packers, whose back is against the wall, who came in here on a short week and took good care of the football," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said. "The things that have been biting them with turnovers didn't today."

Mariucci had no indication that the team would play so poorly.

"The surprising thing to me is that the practice week was as good as it has ever been around here," Mariucci said. "It was high-energy, it was focused, it was exceptional. It just didn't happen to us on game day. I just asked the team if they could give me another week of practice like they did last week each and every week. If that's the case, we will grow, we will get better. We'll be able to play with teams that are playing like (Green Bay). They would have been a difficult team for anybody to beat today."

Sharper gave the Packers a 24-10 lead with his interception return in the third quarter. It was a big boost for a defense that came in having allowed a league-high 142 points.

"I thought the interception was a turning point in the game," Sherman said. "It gave us a little bit of breathing room and it put a little more pressure on Detroit. I think if you win in that turnover margin, you have a pretty good chance to win."

Green Bay scored on its first possession, marching 75 yards in 11 plays with Favre finding Driver from seven yards away. The Lions came right back and tied the game on a 28-yard TD pass from Harrington to Az-Zahir Hakim.

The Packers regained the lead with 9:01 left in the first half on Favre's 13-yard TD pass to Fisher. It was set up by a 50-yard third-down completion to Javon Walker.

Detroit closed to 14-10 on Jason Hanson's 48-yard field goal, but Ryan Longwell kicked a 50-yarder on the final play of the half to send the Packers off with a 17-10 lead.

Green Bay increased its lead on Sharper's return, a 13-yard touchdown run by Najeh Davenport and Green's TD pass to Driver, who finished with nine catches for 110 yards.

"I was disappointed it got out of hand so quickly," Detroit guard Damien Woody said. "I was encouraged at how we answered their first touchdown, but then everything just got out of whack the whole game. As a young football team, we have to be more consistent."

Scott's Game Commentary:

Could this have been any worse for the honolulu blue and silver? Coming into the game, they were 3-1 after a huge road victory against the Falcons, while the Packers were blown out on Monday Night Football and had lost four straight games. No matter how good the Packers have been, they have always struggled in Detroit. With their backs against the wall, they handed the Lions a good old fashion ass whipping! I can't describe it any better than that! For the second straight home game, I left before the 4th quarter even started. The Defense, which earned an "A" with last weeks performance against the Falcons, gets a big fat "F" against the Packers. Favre, who was just awful the past four games, shredded the Defense for 277 yards passing. Harrington, against one of the worst defenses in the NFL, could only manage 92 yards. For the game, the Packers out gained the Lions 434-125. That is just pathetic! Harrington turned in one of his worst performances of his career as he telegraphed an interception that was returned for a touchdown and had a tough time hitting his mark. Kevin Jones played only a few plays and Roy Williams did not play. Without Jones, Williams and Rogers, the Offense was same inept one that was dead last in the NFL last year and it showed. After making a 3rd down conversion in the first quarter, they went 0-11 the rest of the game. Coming into the game, the Lions were +9 on turnovers while the Packers were -9. The Packers got the only turnover of the game and showed the Lions head to head, they are still the much better team.

Grades:

*Offense: --- F. After the Offense scored a touchdown the first quarter to tie the game at seven, they turned in one of their worst efforts in years as they managed only 58 yards and no third down conversions the rest of the game. The Packers, who had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, held the Lions running game to 33 yards. Harrington looked like a deer caught in head lights when he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Without their three top weapons (Jones, Rogers and Williams), the Offense was nothing more than the one that was the worst in the NFL the past few years. All in all, it was a performance that would make anyone want to throw up.

*Defense: --- F. What a difference a week makes! After holding Vick and the Falcons in check on the road, the allow the reeling Packers Offense to shred them for 434 yards. All the turnovers and sacks the Defense created this year came to a halt! Dre Bly returned but looked like he was not ready to play. The run defense, which has been great so far this year, gave up 157 yards and had a tough time holding Aman Green in check. It was just a pitiful performance by the Defense and they should have been better prepared for a Packers team that had their backs against the wall.

*Special Teams: --- B. The only bright spot was the performance Eddie Drummond turned in. On several punt and kick returns, he put the offense in a position to get some points. Unfortunately, the Offense forgot how to play football. Nick Harris is nothing more than a mediocre punter and hopefully the Lions will get a new punter next year. John Jett did a much better job punting. Jason Hanson nailed a 48 yarder that pulled the Lions with in four in the second quarter.

*Coaching: --- F. Maricucci has no excuses for not having his team ready to play. I was sick of hearing him after the game say practice last week was the best it was all year. Guess what Mooch? Your team was FLAT! The play calling was awful too! On the Lions first drive of the game, run up the middle twice for a few yards? How about mix it up a little?

*Overall: --- F. I thought the Philadelphia loss was going to be the worst loss of the year. Boy was I wrong. This had to be one of the most pathetic efforts I have ever seen from the honolulu blue and silver. They knew full well the Packers were 1-4 coming into the game and were in a must win situation. There are no excuses to lose to the Packers, but to get man handled? I hate to say it, but you can stick a fork in the euphoria that the Lions created with their 3-1 start. Looking at the next six games, the Lions will be lucky to go 2-4 at best. Next weeks game in New York will be the Lions first loss of the year on the road. Some people were saying I was off base with my 7-9 preseason prediction. Right now, I think that is the absolute best this team will do with all the injuries and the tough schedule that lies ahead of them. Bottom line: until the Lions can keep their top playmakers healthy, they will never get over the hump.

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