Final

Lions 26

(0-4, 0-3 away)

Packers 28

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 3, 2010

Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 14 6 626
GB 7 14 7 028

Top Performers

Passing: S. Hill (DET) - 331 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: S. Hill (DET) - 4 CAR, 53 YDS

Receiving: B. Pettigrew (DET) - 8 REC, 91 YDS

Charles Woodson scores on interception as Packers edge Lions

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For all their talent and high expectations, the Green Bay Packers still haven't turned in the kind of performance that proves they can play like one of the NFL's elite teams for a full game.

The Packers appeared ready to rout the Detroit Lions when Charles Woodson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter Sunday. Instead, they let the Lions back in the game and barely held on for a 28-26 victory.

Green Bay is 3-1, but the Packers weren't in the mood to celebrate.

"Doesn't feel like it, does it?" Packers coach Mike McCarthy asked.

If Sunday's game didn't feel like a satisfying win for the Packers, it also didn't feel like anything approaching a moral victory for the Lions (0-4).

It was the franchise's 20th straight loss to the Packers in the state of Wisconsin, a streak that began in 1992. The Lions showed that they're more dangerous than they have been in the recent past, but it wasn't enough to win.

"This team doesn't need me to stand up here and say how close we are," coach Jim Schwartz said. "I think it's obvious to anybody that watches our game, anybody that follows us, the people in the locker room, everyone else. It's our job to get over the hump. We're right on it, we just can't get over the hump."

The Packers led 28-14 after Woodson scored early in the third quarter, but the Lions rallied for four straight Jason Hanson field goals to cut the lead to two points. A final drive by the Packers ran out the clock.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 181 yards with three touchdowns but also threw a pair of interceptions for the Packers, who were coming off a sloppy performance in a loss at Chicago on Monday night.

"It's a win, so we're happy about that," Rodgers said. "Offensively, we've got to find our identity again."

Rodgers hinted that he would have liked to see Packers coaches use more multiple-receiver formations to spread the Lions out.

"We've got to make sure we get our best players on the field at all times, and find ways to get them the ball," Rodgers said.

Detroit again was without injured quarterback Matthew Stafford, but backup Shaun Hill looked poised. Hill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns to Calvin Johnson for the Lions, who made the game close despite committing 13 penalties.

"Guys fought hard today, they fought so hard," Hill said. "We deserved that win, we deserved to get the feeling of a win in this locker room. We really do. I just feel terrible that we haven't got that yet."

Woodson wasn't worried about style points.

"It was a tough game," Woodson said. "It doesn't matter if it's a good-looking game, an ugly game, it don't matter. As long as you win, that's the main point."

With Detroit facing second-and-10 at its own 38 early in the third quarter, Woodson picked off a pass intended for Johnson, got up off the ground and raced to the end zone, leaping the final few yards and stretching his arms out with the ball for the score.

The Lions challenged the play, but it was upheld and the Packers led 28-14.

The Lions didn't roll over, driving for a field goal on their next possession to cut the Packers' lead to 28-17. Cornerback Chris Houston then picked off a Rodgers pass at the Lions' 7 to stop a Packers scoring drive.

Hill's 40-yard scramble then set up a 52-yard field goal by Hanson, the Packers went three-and out and the Lions drove again, and Hanson hit a 49-yarder to bring the Lions within five points.

Then Green Bay's Jordy Nelson fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, giving the ball back to the Lions at the Green Bay 18. The Packers made a defensive stand and forced a 24-yard Hanson field goal, cutting Green Bay's lead to 2 with 11:51 left.

Rodgers threw deep for Greg Jennings on the first play of the Packers' next possession -- but cornerback Alphonso Smith wrestled the ball away for an interception. Detroit drove to the Green Bay 37, but the defense held.

"When we're rolling, I think we're one of the best offenses in the league," running back Jahvid Best said. "[We've] just got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot with either penalties or mistakes. It's just self-inflicted wounds."

The Packers and converted fullback John Kuhn finally were able to establish a running game on their last possession, successfully running out the clock.

"Mike had to remind us twice in the locker room that we did get a win," Kuhn said.

Game notes


Green Bay played much of the game without rookie safety Morgan Burnett, who left the game in the first half to get his knee X-rayed and was replaced by Derrick Martin. Burnett's injury was classified as a sprain. ... Hill was the Lions' leading rusher with 53 yards. ... The Packers' streak of 20 straight home wins against the Lions includes a 1994 playoff game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
GB
1st Downs2416
Passing 1st downs
189
Rushing 1st downs
36
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
10-173-7
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays7840
Total Yards431261
Yards per play5.56.5
Total Drives129
Passing308169
Comp-Att
34-5412-17
Yards per pass
5.48.9
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-232-12
Rushing12392
Rushing Attempts
2121
Yards per rush
5.94.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-3
Penalties13-1023-31
Turnovers34
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
22
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession37:3722:23

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hill34/543316.1223-23
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers12/1718110.6322-12

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill45313.3040
Best12504.2010
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kuhn9394.308
Jackson9333.7014

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pettigrew89111.4019
Johnson68614.3223
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver38929.7148
Finley4369.0113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETGB
gbTD12:46Donald Driver 29 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 55 yds, 2:20
07
SECOND QUARTERDETGB
detTD14:20Calvin Johnson 23 Yard Pass From Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 4:15
77
gbTD10:09Jermichael Finley 13 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 12 yds, 1:34
714
gbTD6:52Greg Jennings 17 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 68 yds, 1:32
721
detTD0:14Calvin Johnson 21 Yard Pass From Shaun Hill (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:40
1421
THIRD QUARTERDETGB
gbTD14:47Charles Woodson 48 Yard Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yds, 0:26
1428
detFG9:30Jason Hanson 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 48 yds, 5:08
1728
detFG1:47Jason Hanson 52 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 4:21
2028
FOURTH QUARTERDETGB
detFG13:40Jason Hanson 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 27 yds, 1:33
2328
detFG11:54Jason Hanson 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 12 yds, 1:39
2628

Research Notes

Charles Woodson returned an interception for a touchdown for the 10th time in his career. Only two players have more in NFL history.

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