Rodgers strikes early as NFL Packers hold off charging Lions


It wasn't ideal - the Packers managed only three first downs following an early third quarter field goal and looked lost defensively for much of the final 30 minutes - but it was a solid start in this meeting of two banged-up rivals. "He played very well today", Packers coach Mike McCarthy stated matter-of-factly.

At the end of the day the Packers offense, after only scoring three points in the second half, needed to run out the clock to secure a victory. Rodgers was 4-for-5 passing for 64 yards on the drive, which included a 33-yard pass to Randall Cobb.

Before the Packers 34-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, fans flocked to Lambeau Field hours before kickoff to get back to their gameday traditions. The biggest play was on the final drive when he converted on a third-and-8 with a 11-yard scamper.

The fifth year wide out ended the game with 205 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns as the Lions chipped away at Green Bay's lead. Lions and Packers split the season series a year ago, with each team winning on the road.

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“Im proud of the guys for fighting back, we had a really good rhythm going in the second half, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. They drove down with relative ease until reaching the goal line.

Lacy looked rejuvenated as he bounced off defenders for a 23-yard run in the second quarter. Contrast that to this season, where Aaron Rodgers' longest completion (to any receiver) has been 39-yarder. Stafford led the Lions' offense down the field for another touchdown with 3:40 remaining, cutting the deficit to seven.

The Lions converted eight of 14 times on third down and had a 10 minute time of possession advantage. He completed a nine-yard pass to Adams on the next play, followed by a nine-yard Lacy run to seal the win.

- Both teams were missing notable players due to injury.

- Green Bay finished with 324 total yards for an average of 6.5 yard per play. Stafford was 28-of-41, for 385 yards, and three touchdowns. "We looked at it from an angle we had. we certainly thought about it, but didn't think it would be a wise challenge, just because of the way it happened in the game and the camera angle as well".

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And it was just a few snaps into the game before Armbrister was locked in a one-on-one matchup with Green Bay's Jordy Nelson. Still, the halftime lead proved insurmountable.

A combination of poor ball skills on passes that could have been picked off, shoddy tackling and missed assignments gave the opposition a ray of hope that saw the Motown Silver and Blue outscore the Packers 17-3 in the second half.

With fits and starts and struggles dating to past year, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers went simple and quick this week.

On Jordy Nelson: "He and Aaron have a good connection. Whenever we're doing that, it kind of opens other things up for the offense". So we were just having some fun. "We wanted to bring some extra energy to the game". We have great confidence in him.