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CLOSE, BUT STILL NO VICTORY CIGAR.....Green Bay 28, LIONS 26, S 10/3/10
Posted on: 10-03-2010

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>>caption:   CALVIN JOHNSON (L)


      The Lions teased their TV-viewing
fans by getting close late, but could
not overcome a lousy start and lost
at Green Bay 28-26 Sunday afternoon.
      The Lions are 0-4 on the year,
Detroit's road losing skid has reached
23 in a row (one shy of their own
dubious NFL record) and the Lions are
now 0-for-20 in Wisconsin since 1991
in annual visits to face their division rival Packers (including a 1994 playoff
      The Packers impoved to 3-1 and, after SNF, tied Chicago for the NFC-
North division lead.
      The Lions managed to prevail in the turnover department 4-3. Each team
scored twice after TOs, but the Pack converted two touchdowns while the
Leos had to settle for a pair of field goals.            
      Lions QBack Shaun Hill was intercepted on Detroit's first possession of each
half and the second pick proved fatal. On the third play from scrimmage
in the 3rd-Qtr, Charles Woodson dove to pick a Hill pass off the tundra that
had been intended for Calvin Johnson. Woodson returned the INT 48-yards for
a touchdown. The Lions threw the challenge flag alleging Woodson had trapped
the ball, but video review did not overturn the call. The touchdown proved to be
the differeence in the game, giving G-Bay a 28-14 lead just 26-sec into the 2nd-H.
It also gave Michigan Wolverine alum Woodson a career 10th INT-TD, third most
in NFL history.
      Hill did connect with Calvin Johnson for a pair of 2nd-Qtr touchdown passes.
The first found Johnson uncovered in the middle of the end zone for a 23-yard
score which briefly tied the game 7-all 46-sec into the 2nd-Qtr. The second
Johnson TD was a right corner end zone jump ball that pulled the Lions within 21-14
with only 8-sec remaining before halftime.
      All the post-intermission scoring by Detroit was off the talented toe of veteran
Jason Hanson, who booted field goals of 39, 52, 49 and 24-yards.
      After Hanson's last 3-pointer which drew Detroit within 28-26, the Packers
immediately gave the ball back on Rogers' second INT. The Lion follow-up drive
stalled at the G-Bay 37. Because Hanson had missed an early 55-yard FG try,
Lions H-Coach Jim Schwartz declined a late 54 or 55-yard attempt and instead
Nick Harris punted to the Packer 13-yard line. This time the Packers played
keepaway by running the last 4:09 off the clock.
      Green Bay QBack Aaron Rogers went 12-of-17 for 181-yards including 3-TDs to
Donald Driver (29-yards), Jermichael Finley (13-yds) and Greg Jennings (17-yds).
Rogers was also intercepted twice.
      With Detroit controlling time of possession more than 2-to-1 until G-Bay's final
drive, Hill was much more active than his counterpart. Hill went 34-of-54 for
331-yards, 2-TDs and 2-INTs. Hill also scrambled four times for a team-leading 53-
yards rushing, including a 40-yard romp.
      Showing no effects of his two-footed turf-toe injuries, Lions rookie RBack Jahvid
Best carried 12 times for 50-yards and caught five balls for 34-yards, but coughed up
a fumble for Detroit's second of three turnovers.
      Lions T-End Brandon Pettigrew had game-highs of eight receptions for 91-yards.
Calvin Johnson had six grabs for 86-yards and his 2-TDs.
      The Lions led the Packers in net rushing yards 123-to-92, net passing yards 308-to-169
and total offensive yards 431-to-261. Detroit controlled time of possession 37:37-to-22:23.
      However, the Lions also made far too many mistakes with 13 penalties for 102-yards vs
just 3-for-31 by Green Bay. One of Detroit's offside penalties by D-End Turk McBride negated
an interception by CBack Chris Houston. Three plays later Houston intercepted Rogers again
and this one counted.         

LIONS H-COACH JIM SCHWARTZ:    "This team doesn't need me to stand up here and say
how close we are. It's obvious to anybody who watches our games or who follows us.
It's our job to get over the hump. We're right on it, but we just can't get over the hump.
We need to find a way to make that one more play. When we do that, we'll win.''

LIONS QB SHAUN HILL:    "Guys fought hard today, they fought so hard. We deserved that
win, we deserved to get the feeling of a win in this locker room. We really do. I just feel
terrible that we haven't got that yet."

LIONS WR CALVIN JOHNSON:    "[Hill is] a wily vet. He’s done it before and that long [40-yd]
run was big. We were calling him Michael Vick out there. He played well today. He’s a gamer
and he comes ready to play every Sunday."

LIONS RB JAHVID BEST:    "When we're rolling, I think we're one of the best offenses in the
league...[We've] just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot with either penalties or
mistakes. It's just self-inflicted wounds."

LIONS CEN DOMNIC RAIOLA:    "We've got to score touchdowns. We got too many field
goals and we need six [points]...It's plain and simple, that's it."

LIONS CB CHRIS HOUSTON:    "One or two plays and we win the game. We've got to find
a way to get over that hump, somehow, someway."

PACKERS QB AARON ROGERS:    "It's a win, so we're happy about that. Offensively, we've got
to find our identity again...We've got to make sure we get our best players on the field at
all times, and find ways to get them the ball."            

PACKERS CB CHARLES WOODSON:    "Their kicker was outstanding, so to keep them out of
field goal range [late in the 4th-Qtr] and make them punt was big...It was a tough game.
It doesn't matter if it's a good-looking game, an ugly game, it don't matter. As long as you
win, that's the main point."

PACKERS FB JOHN KUHN:    "[Packers H-Coach] Mike [McCarthy] had to remind us twice in the
locker room that we did get a win."


    All three of Calvin Johnson's two-touchdown NFL games have come against Green Bay.
      Alphonso Smith had Detroit's second interceptions. Stefan Logan recovered two fumbles
for the Lions.
      G-Bay LBacker A.J. Hawk had the first Packer interception of Hill.
      Woodson led both teams with 13 tackles including 11 solos.
      Packers rookie safety Morgan Burnett missed most of the game with a knee injury that
was classified as a sprain when X-Rays proved negative.


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