Coming into this game the Packers were 4-1, looking to stay in first place in their division against a division rival in the Lions on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Packers were missing their top receiver Davante Adams for the second straight game, which left the question about who the main target would be for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That question was answered with the answer of Allen Lazard, young 23 year old wide receiver for the Packers who had 4 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Packers 23-22 victory over the Lions.
The Lions were off to a hot start in this game, in which the first play was actually a 60-yard flee flicker pass from quarter back Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Although they did end up settling for a field goal on that drive and made the score 3-0 Lions. The Packers then got the ball but they were forced to punt, giving the Lions the ball back. The Lions then quickly drove down the field again and capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown rush by running back Kerryon Johnson, making the score quickly 10-0 Lions after just 8 minutes of football. On the Packers next drive they were moving the ball quite effectively but ultimately the drive ended in a fumble by Packers running back Aaron Jones giving the Lions the ball back again without a score from the Packers. The Packers were again able to hold the Lions to a field goal after a long drive making the score Lions 13 and the Packers 0. The outlook for the rest of the game was quite gloomy, but little did we know Aaron Rodgers had something up his sleeve. The Packers were able to drive down the filed with some help from Lions penalties and score to make the score 13-7 Lions on a touchdown run form Packers running back Jamaal Williams. On the following drive the Packers were able to force a punt thanks to a 3rd down sack by Packers outside linebacker Za’darius Smith giving him his 6th sack of the year in as many games. The next drive the Packers settled for a field goal making the score 13-10 Lions at the half, and all of a sudden the Packers were back in it.
The Packers received the second half kickoff, and quickly drove down the field and kicked a field goal, making the score even at 13. After a defensive stop and a muffed punt from the Packers return man, the Lions managed to kick another field goal, making the score 16-13 Lions. The Packers next drive was a turnover on downs giving the Lions the ball back, and once again drove down the field and kicked a field goal making the score 19-13 Lions. A phenomenal catch and throw for the Packers on the following drive got them down to the Lions 15-yard line. On that same drive the Lions intercepted a pass that was intended for a packers wide receiver that bounced off of his helmet and was caught by the other team. The Lions then drove down and kicked yet another field goal by kicker Matt Prater making him 5-5 on field goals for the day and making the score 22-13 Lions. The Packers then scored another touchdown the following drive on a 35-yard touchdown reception from Packers receiver Allen Lazard making the score 22-20 Lions. The Packers then got a defensive stop and got the ball back and Packers kicker Mason Crosby kicked a game winning field goal as time ran out giving the Packers the win on a score of 23-22. Making the Packers 5-1 through 6 weeks on the season. The Packers have another upcoming home game against the Oakland Raiders. See you on Saturday for a game preview. Have a great rest of your week!