Detroit 06
Green Bay31



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Green Bay1437731
1st Quarter
Drive: 2 plays, 78 yards in :52
Key Plays:
  Favre 13-yard pass to Ferguson to Detroit 35
Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards in 8:44
Key Plays:
  Green 13-yard run on 3rd-and-5 to Detroit 41
  Green 3-yard run on 3rd-and-2 to Detroit 13
  Davenport 9-yard run to Detroit 4
2nd Quarter
Drive: 6 plays, 11 yards in 2:40
Key Plays:
  B Walker recovery of Wilkins muffed punt at Green Bay 15
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Ricks to Green Bay 4
Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards in 3:58
Key Plays:
  Favre 13-yard pass to Freeman on 3rd-and-9 to Green Bay 43
  O Smith 20-yard pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 35
  Green 6-yard run to Detroit 28
Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards in :33
Key Plays:
  Bryson 13-yard run to Green Bay 48
  Harrington 9-yard pass to Bryson to Green Bay 39
  Harrington 5-yard pass to Bryson to Green Bay 34
3rd Quarter
Drive: 3 plays, 19 yards in :49
Key Plays:
  Barnett 14-yard interception return to Detroit 19
  Green 5-yard run to Detroit 14
4th Quarter
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey55262410342
Packers Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Favre, Brett28151322119
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Bryson, Shawn7436.1190
Gary, Olandis980.940
Rogers, Charles155.050
Packers Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Green, Ahman231607.0651
Davenport, Najeh8324.090
Fisher, Tony482.060
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Bryson, Shawn5489.6210
Rogers, Charles4389.5170
Schroeder, Bill34214.0200
Schlesinger, Cory341.320
Fitzsimmons, Casey2189.0130
Jefferson, Shawn2189.0120
Ricks, Mikhael2147.0100
Gary, Olandis273.550
Anderson, Scotty14242.0420
Harrington, Joey188.080
Cobourne, Avon122.020
Packers Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Freeman, Antonio4328.0130
Ferguson, Robert3299.7141
Walker, Javon22512.5190
Franks, Bubba22110.5120
Fisher, Tony2168.0111
Martin, David177.070
Henderson, William122.020
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Green, Barrett8710-0
Walker, Brian8620-0
Holmes, Earl8350-0
Harris, Corey7610-0
Hall, James7430-0
Bailey, Boss6330-0
Rogers, Shaun6240-0
Goodman, Andre5500-0
DeVries, Jared5230-0
Porcher, Robert3210-0
Wilkinson, Dan2200-0
Bly, Dre1010-0
Packers T S A Sk-Yd
Barnett, Nick141220-0
Diggs, Na'il7700-0
Sharper, Darren5320-0
Navies, Hannibal5230-0
Edwards, Antuan4400-0
Walker, Rod4400-0
Johnson, Joe3300-0
McKenzie, Mike3300-0
Harris, Al2200-0
Swiney, Erwin2200-0
Jue, Bhawoh1100-0
Hunt, Cletidus1100-0
Team, -0001-4
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Bly, Dre144.040
Packers INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Harris, Al15656.0561
Barnett, Nick11414.0140
McKenzie, Mike100.000
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Jett, John933737.40445
Packers No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Bidwell, Josh728040.01254
Longwell, Ryan12828.00128
Punt Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Edward284.050
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Chatman, Antonio273.560
Wilkins, Marcus100.000
Kickoff Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Edward511523.0380
Packers No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Chatman, Antonio25125.5290
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason0/02/222 52 
Packers XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Longwell, Ryan4/41/146 
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
Harrington, Joey10010
Harris, Corey00100
Walker, Bracy00001
Packers No. Lost Forced O D
Wilkins, Marcus11000
Davenport, Najeh10000
Referee- Bernie Kukar, Umpire- Bill Schuster, Head linesman- Philip Mckinnely, Line judge- Ron Barnes, Field judge- Gene Steratore, Side judge- Tom Hill, Back judge- Steve Freeman
Attendance - Time
70,244 ; 3:15
Team Statistics LionsPackers
First downs1417
3rd-Down Efficiency6 - 206 - 15
4th-Down Efficiency1 - 20 - 0
Total Net Yards293332
Total Plays7363
Average Gains4.05.3
Net Yards Rushing56200
Average Per Rush3.35.7
Net Yards Passing237132
Completed-Attempted26 - 5515 - 28
Yards Per Pass4.24.7
Sacked-Yards Lost1 - 40 - 0
Had Intercepted31
Punts-Average9 - 37.48 - 38.5
Return Yardage1277
Punts-Returns2 - 83 - 7
Kickoffs-Returns5 - 1152 - 51
Interceptions-Returns1 - 43 - 70
Penalties-Yards7 - 607 - 35
Fumbles-Lost1 - 02 - 1
Time Of Possession27:1632:44

News: 9/15/03

In the aftermath of the Lions' freshest loss to the Packers, I asked rookie Charles Rogers if he knew how long it had been since his new team had won on the road.

"After all," I said, "you were a Lions fans growing up."

"A Barry Sanders fan," he corrected me.

How fast they jump ship.

Green Bay 31, Lions 6. Let's see. That's three years without a road victory. That's 12 years without a win in Wisconsin. In this life so full of nasty surprises, it's nice to know you can count on the Lions for consistency: They feel grass, they smell cheese, and they collapse.

Honeymoon's over. You can't win in the NFL if an airplane scares you. And, once again, the Lions' annual trip to Green Bay began badly, sank gradually, and ended embarrassingly. Not since 1991 have the Lions come out of this city with a win. And until they do, their new coach, Steve Mariucci, who once soared to great heights with the San Francisco 49ers, is mired in the same lowly mud as Wayne Fontes, Bobby Ross and Marty Mornhinweg. He is part of a tradition, like it or not, called Lions On The Road: can't run, can't tackle, can't score, can't win.

"I guess it'll be a challenge," Mariucci said of his team's dismal history. "In order to win on the road, you gotta stay close early, you gotta stay close at the half, you gotta protect the football, be poised, and find a way to steal one."

Amazing. The Lions didn't do a single one of those things.

You gotta admire that kind of efficiency.

The glory of last week's opening-game victory? Washed away like a peel-off tattoo in the steady drizzle of Lambeau Field. On the second play of the game, Ahman Green broke through the Lions' defensive line, then plowed through an attempted tackle by safety Corey Harris, leaving Harris on his knees in a praying position. Prayer might have helped. Because all the Lions saw was the back of Green's jersey: 65 yards, touchdown, 7-0.

Next possession, another Green Bay touchdown, 14-0.

And it was still the first quarter.

And another trip bites the dust.

Stinky from the start

Here's an idea, Lions. You want to change your fortunes on the road? Don't race out of the tunnel and point the gun at your foot.

Detroit began the first half by giving up a touchdown. It began the second half by throwing an easy interception. We know the finishes are usually bad. Do the starts have to stink, too?

The Lions cannot run. This is painfully obvious. (Olandis Gary carried nine times for eight yards. At that rate, he'll owe the Lions money.) And when you can't run, you had better pass like the devil, and Joey Harrington saw the devil Sunday, but it was chasing him and laughing all the way.

Joey threw behind, over, and -- at least once -- off the head of his receivers. He had no touchdowns, was intercepted three times, and had one of those picks returned for a score. And it's safe to say he won't be repeating as the NFC offensive player of the week, unless you count the points he contributed to Green Bay.

harringtongb03.jpg - 0 Bytes Harrington, before this rainy game, had harkened back to his Oregon alma mater, saying, "This is Duck weather. I like Duck weather."

Who knew he meant "Duck!"?

The sad part is, the Packers were vulnerable. They'd lost their opener. They'd lost their best receiver, Donald Driver, and had to sign two guys last week. But even their backups made the Lions look like a farm club. And watching the Detroit defense was like watching seals try to tackle whales.

Harris missed a tackle that allowed a touchdown. Barrett Green blew a tackle that allowed a touchdown. The defense was hardly alone with slippery grips. Rogers dropped passes. Mikhael Ricks dropped all kinds of passes. And the offensive line, while protecting Harrington, did little in the way of opening rushing holes. On a third-and-one, Harrington handed off to Shawn Bryson, who was smothered so quickly, he lost six yards.

How do you lose six yards on a handoff?

"I don't think anyone was unrealistic after last week," Harrington said, as calm in losing as he was last week in winning. "We won (beating Arizona), but we beat a team that was just a few draft slots behind us last year.

"As for the road record, we didn't even think about that. It's not like we went, 'Oh, here we go again.' "

Right. That would be the fans.

It's a familiar odor

Listen. If Mariucci is going to make his mark, he'll have to get the Lions to stop thinking like losers when they travel to play better teams. I know they insist there is no hex on them, but they come into Lambeau and play as if defeat is inevitable. Check the history. This year, a 25-point loss. Last year a 40-14 blowout. The year before, 28-6.

It's silly. It's almost laughable. And it's certainly unacceptable. An NFL team can't go three years without winning a road game and expect anyone to be afraid of it. Not when you can say "the opposing team has the Lions right where they want them: the airport."

rogersgb.jpg - 0 Bytes The honeymoon's over. The marriage has begun. The Lions are back to square one, and Mariucci is looking at a lame secondary, no running game, a tepid pass rush, and a still-maturing quarterback. A writer once joked that marriage is one year of passion and 20 years in the light-heavyweight division. Check your ring finger, Mooch. You're hitched.

But back to Rogers. . . .

"So do you know how long it's been since your last road win?"

"How long?" he said.

"Three years."

"Hmm. Well. We gotta change things in the new millennium."

Let's hope he's talking about this one.


Brett Favre usually shines against the Detroit Lions, but this day belonged to Ahman Green.

Green raced for a 65-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and the Green Bay Packers rolled to a 31-6 rout of the Lions.

It was the Packers' 13th straight home win over Detroit and the Lions' 17th consecutive road loss, dating to 2000.

Favre has recorded more 300-yard passing games against the Lions - seven - than any other opponent. Two of them came last season when the three-time Most Valuable Player threw for 357 yards in a 37-31 victory on September 22 and for 351 yards in a 40-14 rout on November 10.

But on Sunday, Favre completed just 15-of-28 for 132 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. But he didn't have to do much with Green leading a ground attack that produced 200 yards on a field drenched by rain.

Favre hit Robert Ferguson, who was listed as doubtful earlier in the week, with a 13-yard pass on Green Bay's first play from scrimmage. Green then quickly hit a hole on the right side, broke a tackle by safety Corey Harris and raced 65 yards for a touchdown just 52 seconds into the game.

"A long run feels like hitting a home run in baseball," said Green, who was held to 53 yards on 15 carries by Minnesota last week. "You peek back a time or two on your way to the end zone. It feels great."

It was Green's longest run since he went 83 yards for a score against the Lions on September 9, 2001.

After his 65-yard TD, Green rushed for 95 yards on the next 22 carries to finish with 160.

"Obviously, when you run a long one early like Ahman's it makes it really easy to put those yards up," said Packers center Mike Flanagan.

On Green Bay's second possession, Najeh Davenport and Green combined for 52 yards on 11 carries before running back Tony Fisher caught a five-yard touchdown pass, increasing Green Bay's lead to 14-0 with 4:26 left in the first quarter.

"They started fast," said Lions coach Steve Mariucci. "They got up 14-0 and ran the football better than I expected them to. You get behind early like that and momentum is wearing a green jersey."

A week after passing for four touchdowns, Detroit's Joey Harrington was intercepted three times - all in the second half.

"It's not a setback," said Harrington, who completed 26-of-55 for 241 yards. "It's not a setback because you learn."

Charles Rogers, Detroit's first-round pick, had four catches for 38 yards.

"They had a couple of good jams on me," Rogers said. "Their corners played good, their whole defense played good."

Antonio Freeman, a star receiver on the Packers' Super Bowl teams in 1996 and 1997, signed with them on Wednesday after Donald Driver and Ferguson suffered injuries in the season opener and caught four passes for 32 yards.

"Antonio did a great job," said Packer coach Mike Sherman. "He has been bothered by tendinitis of the foot. Yesterday, he couldn't even walk on the foot but took anti-inflammatories and made some big plays for us."

"It felt great to be back," Freeman said. "It was kind of strange at first, but it was a great feeling. I can't say enough about how the fans made my homecoming that much more pleasurable."

Detroit's Jason Hanson kicked field goals of 22 and 52 yards in the second quarter and Ryan Longwell of the Packers booted a 46-yarder.

In the third quarter, Harrington was intercepted on consecutive possessions by cornerback Mike McKenzie at the Detroit 40 and rookie linebacker Nick Barnett at the Detroit 33. Three plays after Barnett's interception, Favre fired a 14-yard TD to Ferguson, increasing the lead to 24-6 with 10:18 left in the third quarter.

"I can't believe he (Ferguson) played today," Favre said of the receiver who was expected to be sidelined at least a few weeks with a sprained ankle. "He's such a raw talent and without Donald (neck strain), we needed him out there. He makes plays and he blocks."

Cornerback Al Harris returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Scott's Game Commentary:

Another visit to Lambeau another blowout loss. Just like their last few trips to Lambeau, the Lions were out of the game before the halftime. The Defense could not of played any worse in the 1st quarter as Ahman Green, who always tears apart the Lions "D", scored on a 65 yard touchdown run two plays into the game. The offense was the opposite of last week and could not get one touchdown the entire game. Harrington had three interceptions in the 2nd half and has struggled in just about every road game he has played in. RB Olandis Gary had 8 yards in 9 attempts. For all those people, including myself, that said the Lions would not miss James Stewart are really missing Stewart now. It has been over 12 years since the Lions won a game in Lambeau and unfortunately until the Lions show they can win games on the road that streak will just continue to grow.


*Offense: --- F. I guess week one was a fluke after all. Back to the same old lastluster road performance that we have seen from the offense the past few years. Although Harrington struggled the entire game and had three interceptions, there was no excuse for having ten, yes ten, dropped passes! TE Mikhael Ricks had a few, as did the rest of the receivers. The running game is just a complete joke. It reminds me when BS quit the team in 1999 and we were left with Ron Rivers. I'm sorry but the Lions should have signed a half way decent RB in the offseason. It is going to be one long year for the offense if they can not get any yards rushing. Charles Rogers had a quiet game but what do you expect when the opposing team doesn't respect the run. Unfortunately, this performance comes to me as no surprise since this is what I expect from the offense when they play at Lambeau.

*Defense: --- D. The first ten minutes of the game was just a complete joke! Ahman Green's touchdown run on the 2nd play of the game never should of happened. Safety Corey Harris forgot how to tackle and was to blame for the touchdown. The secondary played better than last week as Favre didn't have his usual 300+ yards against the Lions. But, the Packers didn't need to pass since Green shredded the Lions like he usually does. For the 2nd straight game, the Defense could manage one sack on the QB. That is just pathetic! It should be quite interesting to see what happens next week now that the Minnesota Vikings offense are once again clicking on all cylinders

*Special Teams: --- B. Hanson made a chip shot and a 52 yarder before the half. The Lions recovered a muffed punt and Eddie Drummond had some nice returns. The Special Teams have been the only bright spot for the Lions the past few years.

*Coaching: --- D. Mariucci was winless as the 49ers head coach in Lambeau and didn't get off on a winning note with the Lions either. There is not much Mooch can do since its the same old story every year. Its just a given the Packers will beat the Lions at Lambeau.

*Overall: --- F. The last thing I would of expected was a victory at Lambeau, but what I didn't expect was another blowout. The Packers have been banged up and were reeling from an embarrassing loss the prior week to the Vikings. If there ever was a time the Lions could steal a victory, this seemed to be the year. But, the Lions were out of the game after the 2nd play of the game and now find themselves at 1-1 heading into what should be a very interesting home game against the Vikings. Although games played early in the season don't mean much, a loss against the Vikings will leave the Lions at 1-4 and on there way to another pitiful season. Does anyone really think they'll beat the 49ers or Broncos on the road? Yeah right! The Vikings are much improved over last years team and will give the Lions secondary fits. But, the Lions have played good at Ford Field so I think it should be one of those shoot outs we saw against the Cardinals.

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