Green Bay 17
|Detroit 9||Green Bay 17|
|December 17, 2006||Lambeau Field-Attendance: 70,472 (60,790)||Time: 3:10|
|DET||FG||7:23||Jason Hanson 42 yard field goal attempt is good.||3||0|
|GB||FG||2:51||Dave Rayner 24 yard field goal attempt is good.||3||3|
|GB||TD||5:35||Vernand Morency rush to the right for 14 yards for a touchdown.||3||9|
|GB||PAT||5:35||Dave Rayner extra point attempt is good.||3||10|
|DET||FG||9:59||Jason Hanson 42 yard field goal attempt is good.||6||10|
|DET||FG||9:33||Jason Hanson 23 yard field goal attempt is good.||9||10|
|GB||TD||2:48||Vernand Morency rush to the left for 21 yards for a touchdown.||9||16|
|GB||PAT||2:48||Dave Rayner extra point attempt is good.||9||17|
|Team Stat Comparison|
|3rd down efficiency||2-12||7-15|
|4th down efficiency||0-2||0-0|
|Yards per pass||2.6||4.3|
|Yards per rush||2.9||4.3|
Listening to a dour Favre speak after the game, you wouldn't have known it.
''I have to remind myself that this is a win,'' Favre said.
Favre broke Dan Marino's career completions record, but the Packers had to overcome three interceptions by the three-time MVP for a 17-9 victory over the Lions.
It was only the second home victory all season for the Packers (6-8), who have won two in a row. Given the sorry state of the NFC, some Packers players were talking playoffs after the game.
''We were lucky to win the game,'' Favre said. ''We'll take it. But for us to be talking playoffs - and I heard that there has been playoff talk - I mean, we've got a long ways to go.''
Detroit (2-12) remains winless in seven games on the road.
''It's very frustrating, but you can't let it become a downward spiral you can't recover from,'' Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.
Favre connected on a 21-yard pass to receiver Carlyle Holiday just before halftime for his league-record 4,968th completion. Referee Ed Hochuli delivered the news.
''I (said), 'I have no idea what you're congratulating me for, but thank you,''' Favre said. ''So I did know because of him. But I'm more concerned about the three I completed to their team.''
Favre threw his first two interceptions in the red zone, and the third pick nearly proved even more costly.
Kitna seemed to throw the game away by floating an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, then committing a face-mask penalty on Woodson to give the Packers a first down on the Detroit 12-yard line with a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. It was Woodson's career-best sixth interception of the season.
But Favre squandered the scoring chance by throwing an interception to former Packers linebacker Paris Lenon in the end zone.
The Lions couldn't drive for a score, and punter Nick Harris downed the ball deep in Packers territory. Favre then threw a pass that bounced off the hands of Ahman Green and was intercepted by Dre' Bly.
The Lions took over at the Packers 12, but were forced to kick a field goal that cut Green Bay's lead to 10-9 with 9:33 remaining. The Packers came back with an extended drive ending with a 21-yard touchdown run by Vernand Morency, his second TD of the afternoon.
''We're working to get better in a lot of areas,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ''We've just got to get the consistency we're looking for.''
Favre was 20-of-37 for 174 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. With two games remaining in the season, Favre needs eight more touchdown passes to pass Marino's career mark of 420.
Favre now has 4,974 career completions, seven ahead of Marino. Last week, Favre extended his record of most consecutive and overall seasons with 3,000 yards passing to 15.
Kitna was 16-for-26 for 135 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Lions had only 142 net yards and couldn't make the most of their scoring chances.
''The effort and the energy was there, the execution was not,'' Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. ''It was not good enough.''
Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz used frequent presnap motion, something that confused the Packers in a blowout loss to the New York Jets at Lambeau Field two weeks ago. But it didn't work on Sunday.
Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins, starting in place of veteran Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, had a career-high three of the Packers' six sacks. Green Bay had only four sacks in its previous four games.
Defense: --- C. The Defense created four turnovers but what good is it when the Offense cannot score touchdowns! Once again they struggled stopping the opposing teams rushing game. It was brutal watching the Packers run the ball on their final touchdown drive that melted a ton of time from the fourth quarter clock. It was a better effort than last weeks debacle but still not enough.
Special Teams: --- B. Hanson made all three field goals and is having another pro bowl type year. Coverage was good but Eddie Drummond no longer seems like a threat to break a big run.
Coaching: --- F. This coaching staff has no clue how to use their time outs. Every single week they burn timeouts because either the Offense or Defense is not ready. It was quite funny on 4th and 25 the Lions had to burn a time out because the play clock was running out. With each and every loss, i'm losing more faith in Marinelli as he seems like a deer caught in head lights.
Overall: --- D. Is it me or do the Lions seem to give a better effort on the road? Not like I can blame them given Ford Field is like a morgue the past several seasons. The Lions are in a dead heat with the Raiders for the worst record in the NFL and the battle for the #1 overall pick. Up next are the Chicago Bears who have already clinched the #1 seed in the NFC. That should give the Lions a chance to win the game given the Bears will not play their starters the entire game. Still, I would expect their 13th loss. If the Cowboys have anything to play for, the Lions will finish 2-14 and continue to be the laughing stock of all of sports. Honestly, in all four professional sports, has there been one team that has been this abysmal in the past five years???? I would love to hear Mr. 23-71 explain to all the people that support this pathetic franchise why he deserves another chance to come back next season. But, when you are employed by the Fords, you can get away with just about anything.