Packers dismantle Lions 42-21
Green Bay moves to 2-0 on the season
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) - The Green Bay Packers came out slow and trailed 14-3 after the first quarter, but the Packers controlled the next three quarters to destroy the Lions 42-21. The Packers were led by Aaron Jones' career day of 236 total yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive lineman Kenny Clark was out in the Packers game against the Lions, and the effects of not having Clark were put on display right away. Detroit marched 75-yards. Matthew Stafford went 3-for-3 with 40 yards and Kerryon Johnson rushed for 20 yards on five carries.
The Packers would battle their way into Lions territory. The drive would stall out at the Lions 25. Mason Crosby nailed a 43-yard field goal to cut Detroit’s lead to 7-3.
The Lions offense continued to click on their second drive. Stafford found Marvin Jones Jr. for the four-yard touchdown pass. Detroit jumped ahead 14-3.
Stafford was 7-for-10 with 75 yards and a touchdown, and Adrian Peterson rushed four times for 31 yards in the first quarter.
Aaron Jones took over on Green Bay’s second drive. He capped off the 75-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown reception. The Packers were back in the game trailing 14-10. Jones tallied 16 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards on the drive.
Green Bay’s defense finally stopped the Lions on their third drive of the game. On the ensuing drive, the Packers would start at their own 10-yard line. Green Bay would push toward midfield but would punt it back to the Lions.
The Lions offense would stall out again. The Packers would get the ball back with just a minute left. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers down the field. Rodgers slung it down the middle to Robert Tonyan for the 11-yard touchdown to give the Packers a 17-14 lead.
The Lions would hustle to midfield and attempt a 57-yard field goal to end the half, but Matt Prater would miss the long attempt.
The second half would start with a bang. Jones exploded 75-yards for his longest career touchdown run on the first play of the half. The Packers start to pull away up 24-14.
The Packers' defense would start to control the Lions. Chandon Sullivan would jump the route and picked off Stafford. Sullivan would house it to give Green Bay the 31-14 advantage.
After the pick-six, both teams would silent until Mason Crosby split the uprights from 35-yards out 1:32 remaining. Green Bay jumped ahead 34-14.
The Lions drought would end in the fourth quarter. Stafford whipped it to Marvin Hall for the 24-yard touchdown pass, and the Lions were back within 13-points trailing 34-21.
Jones added to his career day midway through the fourth quarter. His third touchdown of the day was a 14-yard run. Green Bay would jump at 42-21 after the 2-point conversion.
Jones tallied a career-high 168 rushing yards. He also added two rushing touchdowns and 68 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. Rodgers went 18-for-30 with 240 yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams caught three balls for 36 yards. Adams went out with an apparent hamstring industry. Marquez Valdes-Scantling grabbled three balls for 64-yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sullivan finished with a pick-six and two passes defended. Za’Darius Smith totaled four tackles, two quarterback hits and a sack. Rashan Gary broke out with 1.5 sacks and four tackles. Preston Smith also chipped in half a sack.
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