Lions 13

(4-9, 1-5 away)

Packers 16

(3-10, 2-4 home)

8:30 PM ET, December 11, 2005


1 2 3 4 OT T
DET 13 0 0 0 013
GB 3 7 0 3 316

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 170 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Gado (GB) - 29 CAR, 171 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Williams (DET) - 4 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Longwell's OT field goal lifts Packers past Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Samkon Gado's first passing attempt was ugly.

Other than that, Green Bay's rookie running back played a starring role Sunday night in the Packers' 16-13 overtime victory over the Detroit Lions.

It was over when ...
Ryan Longwell's 28-yard field goal split the uprights a little more than five minutes into the overtime period.
Game ball goes to ...
Packers running back Samkon Gado. The rookie ran the ball 29 times for 171 yards and a touchdown as Green Bay held the ball for nine minutes more than Detroit.
Gado rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown, allowing Brett Favre to play the steady, more conservative game he had been promising for weeks but hadn't yet delivered.

"I think he's making the most of his opportunity," Favre said. "He just had an outstanding game."

But when Gado flipped the ball out of the end zone in the fourth quarter, he nearly threw the game away with it.

The Lions wrapped up Gado in his own end zone with 6:59 remaining in regulation, prompting Gado to try to toss the ball forward. He was flagged for intentional grounding, resulting in an apparent safety that would have put the Lions ahead by two.

But officials huddled and ruled that Gado had attempted a legal pass, giving the Packers another chance.

"That was confusing, to be honest with you," Favre said. "But he's a bright guy with a lot of talent."

And if Gado hadn't flipped the ball away, he almost surely would have been caught for a safety. "I honestly can't fault him for that," Favre said.

Lions linebacker Earl Holmes didn't agree with the officials' call. Even if Gado's flip was a legal pass, Holmes said the holding penalty officials also called on the Packers on that play occurred in the end zone and should have been an automatic safety.

"There's no other way to tell me that that was not a safety," Holmes said. "You can't explain it."

In overtime, Favre drove the Packers (3-10) 56 yards in overtime to set up Ryan Longwell's winning 28-yard field goal.

A personal-foul penalty on Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and Favre's 17-yard completion to Robert Ferguson helped set up the winning score.

Favre was 21-for-31 for 170 yards, throwing one interception at the end of regulation. With the victory, Favre is 15-0 at home against the Lions (4-9), including playoffs.

Gado delivered the third 100-yard rushing game of his brief Packers career. His total yardage for the game is the best ever by a Packers rookie and the seventh-best single-game performance by any back in Green Bay history.

The near-safety came after a goal-line stand by the Packers' defense. Linebacker Na'il Diggs stopped the Lions' Jeff Garcia on a fourth-and-goal sneak, giving Green Bay the ball on the 1.

Said Lions coach Dick Jauron: "We had confidence we could score, and if we didn't, we'd have them backed up."

The Packers played solid red-zone defense all game, as the Lions drove inside the Green Bay's 10 four times but came away with only one touchdown. The Packers shut the Lions out after the first quarter.

Garcia was 13-of-24 for 112 yards.

The Lions had scoring opportunities inside the 10 on each of their first three possessions thanks to a deep drive, Favre's fumble and a long kickoff return.

The Lions settled for field goals on their first two drives. Favre drove the Packers into Lions territory on the next possession, allowing Longwell to kick a 36-yard field goal.

The Lions found the end zone on their third possession thanks to a 74-yard kickoff return by R.W. McQuarters and an acrobatic catch by receiver Roy Williams.

On third-and-3 at the 4, Garcia lobbed a pass over cornerback Al Harris to Williams, who tipped the ball to himself and dragged a foot in bounds. A replay review ruled that Rogers' touchdown counted. With the extra point, the Lions led 13-3.

The Packers drove the ball on their next possession, but Jared DeVries blocked a 38-yard attempt by Longwell. It was the first time an opponent had blocked a Packers' field goal since Oct. 7, 2002.

After forcing the Lions to go three-and-out on their next possession, Gado squirted around the right side and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown.

Gado, a native of Nigeria, broke into the Packers' starting lineup after season-ending injuries to running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport. Game Notes
Hanson's first-quarter field goal gave him 1,401 career points, making him the 17th player in league history to surpass 1,400. ... With an 11-yard pass to Robert Ferguson in the first quarter, Favre passed 3,000 yards for the NFL-record 14th season, breaking a tie with Dan Marino. ... It was 14 degrees at the start of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

Green Bay
1st Downs1119
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Yards241330
Yards per play4.44.7
Total Drives30
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

FG3:57Jason Hanson 19 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 67 yds, 3:54
FG7:49Jason Hanson 23 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 13 yds, 3:03
FG12:34Ryan Longwell 36 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 47 yds, 4:45
TD14:17Roy Williams 4 Yd Pass From Jeff Garcia (Jason Hanson Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 16 yds, 1:43
TD10:04Sam Gado 64 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 77 yds, 1:24
FG0:38Ryan Longwell 39 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 58 yds, 3:27
FG5:17Ryan Longwell 28 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 56 yds, 5:17