Green Bay 37
|Green Bay 37||Detroit 26|
|November 22, 2007||Ford Field-Attendance: 63,257 (65,000)||Time: 3:24|
|DET||FG||7:11||Jason Hanson 47 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||3|
|DET||FG||6:04||Jason Hanson 41 yard field goal attempt is good.||0||6|
|GB||TD||14:43||Brett Favre pass completion to the middle to Greg Jennings for 11 yards for a touchdown.||6||6|
|GB||PAT||14:43||Mason Crosby extra point attempt is good.||7||6|
|GB||TD||7:41||Ryan Grant rush to the right for 5 yards for a touchdown.||13||6|
|GB||PAT||7:41||Mason Crosby extra point attempt is good.||14||6|
|DET||FG||6:15||Jason Hanson 45 yard field goal attempt is good.||14||9|
|GB||FG||0:00||Mason Crosby 20 yard field goal attempt is good.||17||9|
|GB||TD||11:13||Brett Favre pass completion to the right to Greg Jennings for 4 yards for a touchdown.||23||9|
|GB||PAT||11:13||Mason Crosby extra point attempt is good.||24||9|
|DET||FG||5:15||Jason Hanson 52 yard field goal attempt is good.||24||12|
|GB||TD||1:48||Brett Favre pass completion to the left to Ruvell Martin for 3 yards for a touchdown.||30||12|
|GB||PAT||1:48||Mason Crosby extra point attempt is good.||31||12|
|GB||FG||13:08||Mason Crosby 20 yard field goal attempt is good.||34||12|
|DET||TD||9:58||Jon Kitna pass completion to the middle to Calvin Johnson for 6 yards for a touchdown.||34||18|
|DET||PAT||9:58||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||34||19|
|DET||TD||6:34||Kevin Jones rush to the left for 1 yard for a touchdown.||34||25|
|DET||PAT||6:34||Jason Hanson extra point attempt is good.||34||26|
|GB||FG||1:44||Mason Crosby 26 yard field goal attempt is good.||37||26|
|Team Stat Comparison|
|3rd down efficiency||1-7||5-15|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||1-2|
|Yards per pass||9.3||4.5|
|Yards per rush||5.9||4.5|
It was the only time he looked like just another guy on Thanksgiving.
Favre set a Green Bay record with 20 consecutive completions and finished with a season-high 381 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 37-26 victory over the slumping Detroit Lions.
''I threw it. They caught it,'' he said simply. ''Nothing spectacular.''
The three-time MVP put together another sensational performance that made the 38-year-old quarterback look as if he's back in his prime. Favre's seventh 300-yard game of the season matched a team mark he set in 1995.
''He's the greatest ever,'' Lions quarterback Jon Kitna said.
Green Bay (10-1) matched its best 11-game record since 1929 and the NFC North leaders took a four-game lead with five games left in the regular season. The Packers can improve their chances of earning home-field advantage if they win next week at Dallas - also 10-1 after manhandling the New York Jets 34-3 later Thursday.
''One game is not going to define us,'' Favre said. ''It may have some implications for the playoffs, but we can't worry about that right now.
''We're going to enjoy this one today.''
The Lions would love to forget it.
Detroit (6-5) lost its third straight game, making its playoff picture bleak because it would lose wild-card tiebreakers against the New York Giants, Washington, Philadelphia and Arizona.
''We aren't where we want to be, but we are where we need to be,'' Kitna said. ''We have to get to 10. Ten gets you in.''
Kitna said before the season he would be disappointed if Detroit didn't win at least 10 games. Now, the Lions might struggle to finish .500 with tough games left including matchups with Dallas at home and on the road against Green Bay and San Diego.
''There's no panic in my life,'' Detroit coach Rod Marinelli insisted. ''This is a tough challenge, but I believe in these players.''
Green Bay overcame a six-point deficit in the first quarter and Favre's pinpoint passes helped it lead 34-12 early in the fourth.
Just when Detroit looked as if it was going to be routed for the fourth straight time in its marquee game, Kitna connected with Calvin Johnson in the end zone and Kevin Jones scored to pull the Lions within eight.
Green Bay got the ball back with 6:34 left and took time off the clock, setting up Mason Crosby's third field goal to put the game out of reach with 1:44 to go.
Favre completed 31 of 41 passes, and his streak of 20 straight spanned the first and second halves to surpass the team record of 18 set by Lynn Dickey in 1983 and matched by Don Majkowski in 1989.
At one point, Green Bay called 17 straight pass plays.
''You never think he's going to miss one,'' Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.
The streak ended when Koren Robinson was just out of bounds on a catch in the end zone.
''We blew it,'' Greg Jennings said.
Jennings caught two TD passes and Donald Driver had 10 receptions for 147 yards, enjoying another day that Favre is his quarterback.
''When I came in 1999, he was playing the same way he's playing now,'' Driver said.
Like a kid, Favre was fired up when he saw an available ice cream sandwich on a table after walking away from his news conference.
''Oh yeah,'' he said.
The only glaring mistake Favre made came after the first snap when a guard tripped him as he was trying to hand the ball off.
''Maybe I was a little slow coming out, but that's never happened,'' he said with a grin.
Ryan Grant had 101 yards rushing and a score after running for just 7 yards in the first half, helping Green Bay take time off the clock.
Kitna was 19-of-40 for 224 yards with a TD and an interception. Johnson had 83 yards receiving and a score. Jones added 93 yards rushing and a TD.
Too often, the Lions had to settle for field goals and Jason Hanson made each of his four attempts. They drove to the Packers 23 twice and their 32 on their first three drives, but came away with just two field goals.
''We didn't make plays in the red zone early in the game, and that was the difference,'' Kitna said.
The Lions finally played a game on Thanksgiving that meant something, but ended up losing for the fourth straight time to match their worst skid on the holiday in four decades. Under team president Matt Millen, they are 1-6 in the only game each season that the nation can watch on TV and have fallen to 33-33-2 overall.
''I don't have all the answers, but we have to get better,'' Jones said.
Defense: --- F. Definitely one of their worst performances this season. Father time turned back the clock and just butchered the Defense starting in the second quarter. How can the Defense allow him to complete twenty straight throws? It just shows how vulerable the Lions secondary is. Shaun Rogers was absent for the third straight game. Corey Redding, who signed that huge contract in the offseason once again was non existant. The Defense allowed Favre to sit in the pocket and have as much time as he liked to throw the ball. And Favre certainly took advantage of it.
Special Teams: --- C. Hanson had four field goals and continues to be the only consistant Lion player thoughout the years. Nick Harris struggled punting. Aveion Cason had a nice return but if he was a little faster could have scored a touchdown. The Special Teams have not been the same since Chuck Preifer retired. Stan Kwan has to do a better job or he may be axed at the end of the season.
Coaching: --- F. Each week i'm starting to wonder if Martz is indeed the offensive genious everyone says he is. To me, he continues to show how stubborn he is and why he may not be around next season. After ignoring Calvin Johnson all these weeks, they decide to throw to him non stop - one big problem, the forgot about the best WR on the team! How Roy Williams only had three catches is mind boggling. Does Terrell Owens and Randy Moss only have three receptions?The offensive play calling was way too conservative at times in the 1st quarter. And what is the point of running the ball when the situation says you should throw? Because people were bashing them for not running enough? Bottom line, this coaching staff has plenty to blame for the mess the Lions now find themselves in.
Overall: --- F. This was the Lions chance on national television to show the world they were not frauds. Unfortunately, all they did was prove to everyone they are not a good football team. How many teams this year have they beaten with a better than .500 record? Try zero! Looking at their remaining schedule I will say they will be lucky to win one more game - Kansas City. Their next game is at Minnesota where they have not won in ten years. Adrian Peterson should be back and although the Lions can win this game, I wouldn't count on it. The following game is against the Cowboys. Unlike last seasons shocking win at Dallas, it will be payback time as Romo to TO will scortch the Lions secondary. And after that? A trip to the vastly under achieving San Diego Chargers. It is hard to believe it was only a few weeks ago where the honolulu blue and silver were 6-2 and finally earning respect. But a three game losing streak later, we can all rejoice our famous three words this time of year: Same Old Lions!