Lions beat Packers 35-11 to finish up season at 9-7
DETROIT, Mich. – The Detroit Lions scored 27 straight points to upend their longtime rivals, the Green Bay Packers, 35-11 at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions entered the game as 7-point favorites.
This marked the second meeting this season between the two squads. On Nov. 6, Detroit handled Green Bay 30-17 at Lambeau Field.
On Sunday, the game began with a successful onside kick by the Packers’ Mason Crosby and the two teams traded possessions from that point on. Green Bay got on the scoreboard first for a 3-0 advantage thanks to Crosby’s 41-yard field goal with exactly 5:00 showing on the clock in the opener.
The Lions’ Matt Prater responded with a 28-yard field goal of his own to knot the count at 3-3 with 3:03 to go in the first period. That score stood at the initial break.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford then hit rookie Kenny Golladay with a 54-yard scoring strike for a 10-3 Lions lead with 7:27 to go until intermission.
Then, with 3:02 to go in the half, a Detroit punt bounced off a Packer player and the Lions recovered at the 14-yard line. Stafford then connected with Marvin Jones Jr. on a 3-yard TD pass to increase the bulge to 17-3 with 2:20 left until halftime.
Prater tacked on a 30-yard field goal to put Detroit up 20-3 with 32 seconds until intermission — a score that remained in effect at the midway point.
The second half saw more back-and-forth possessions until the Lions increased the gap to 27-3 on a 71-yard scoring strike from Stafford to Golden Tate at the 1:38 juncture of the third.
Nobody scored again until the final frame, when Packer quarterback Brett Hundley hit Randall Cobb for both a fourth-and-5 touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to close the deficit to 27-11 with 11:27 to play.
Detroit regained control 35-11 with 7:16 to go on a 7-yard touchdown run by Ameer Abdullah followed by a surprise two-point conversion pass from Tate to Stafford to set the final margin.
The Lions concluded their season with a record of 9-7 while the Packers wrapped up their campaign with a 7-9 mark.