Lions defense leads the way in victory over Packers
DETROIT — For the first time ever, the Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers in a game that Aaron Rodgers finished as the Packers quarterback.
The Lions defense held Rodgers to just 162 yards passing and a single touchdown pass while also limiting the Packers entire offense to just 223 yards in a 19-7 win at Ford Field. Rodgers is now 9-2 all-time against the Lions, but Rodgers missed the entire second half in his first loss back in 2010.
The Lions defense has allowed just 733 yards allo season, the fewest allowed in season’s first three games by the franchise since 1978 (647).
Detroit’s defense started the scoring when safety Don Carey picked up an Eddie Lacy fumble and returned it 40-yards for a score. Green Bay would tie it up on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Andrew Quarless with :39 left in the first quarter.
Detroit’s defense would score again early in the second quarter. After a Matthew Stafford pass was intercepted by Devon House at the Green Bay one-yard line, DeAndre Levy would tackle Eddie Lacy in the endzone on the very next play for a safety to give the Lions a 9-7 lead. It was Levy’s first career safety and was the exclamation point on a stellar day that included 10 tackles and two pass defenses.
After Nate Freese made a 30-yard field goal, the Lions lead 12-7, but could’ve led by more at halftime. Instead, Freese missed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide-left.
Running back Reggie Bush capped off the scoring early in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 19-7 lead. Bush had 12 carries for 61 yards to go along with six receptions for 38 yards, accounting for 99 of the team’s 353-yards of total offense.
The win improves the Lions record to 2-1 while the loss drops Green Bay to 1-2.