Final

Packers 27

(11-0, 6-0 away)

Lions 15

(7-4, 3-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

12:30 PM ET, November 24, 2011

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 7 17 327
DET 0 0 0 1515

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 307 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Morris (DET) - 7 CAR, 39 YDS

Receiving: J. Jones (GB) - 3 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Unbeaten Packers win 17th straight as Aaron Rodgers, D dispose of Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Aaron Rodgers took every hit the Detroit Lions could dish out.

He just kept throwing -- and winning.

Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers built a big lead in the third quarter thanks in part to Ndamukong Suh's ejection during a 27-15 victory in Detroit on Thursday.

Detroit's best chance to beat the Packers was to knock Rodgers out of the game, just as it did last year in a victory that started a nine-game winning streak.

The Lions gave that tactic a shot, hitting him even if he had already gotten rid of the ball. Kyle Vanden Bosch was flagged for one of those late hits and could've drawn another penalty for trying to rough up the star quarterback even more on the same drive.

Rodgers refused to be rattled, kept his cool and won -- again.

"We try to rise above things like that," Rodgers said. "We knew in a rivalry game, there are going to be a hard of hard hits, but we kept things between the whistles."

The defending champion Packers are 11-0 for the first time in franchise history and have won a team-record 17 straight, including the playoffs.

"I don't feel any pressure, this is a good place to be," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Who doesn't want to be 11-0?"

Green Bay easily passed what was expected to be one of its toughest tests toward joining the 2007 New England Patriots as the NFL's only teams to have 16-0 regular seasons.

"We're a long way from there," Rodgers said. "This is a big step toward our first goal, which is winning the division. If we are undefeated after 14 or 15 games, we'll talk about 16."

While the Packers are working on a perfect season, Detroit (7-4) has to figure out a way to avoid the physical and mental mistakes that have put the team on the playoff bubble after a 5-0 start.

The Lions have lost a franchise-record eight consecutive Thanksgiving games and added to their misery in ugly fashion.

"It really does ruin the holiday," center Dominic Raiola said. "You put so much into this and to go out there and lay an egg like that, it's disappointing. My day's ruined."

Suh's day might lead to another fine -- and possibly a suspension.

He was tossed for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith's right arm in the third quarter.

Suh insisted he didn't intentionally step on the opposing lineman with his right foot, saying he was just trying to separate himself from the situation.

"I apologize to my teammates and my fans and my coaches for putting myself in a position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game," Suh said.

Dietrich-Smith wouldn't say it was a dirty play.

"Stuff happens," he said.

Green Bay defensive end Ryan Pickett was more outspoken.

"There's no place for that," Pickett said.

The Packers took advantage of Suh's misstep just as they did on Matthew Stafford's three interceptions.

John Kuhn followed nose tackle B.J. Raji for a 1-yard TD plunge after Suh was flagged on third down, and Green Bay turned Stafford's interceptions into two TDs and a field goal.

Detroit became the NFL's first team to win three games in a season after trailing by 17 points with Sunday's comeback win over Carolina, but the Packers proved they weren't as vulnerable as the Panthers.

The Lions finally scored when Keiland Williams ran for a 16-yard TD with 13:11 left and added the 2-point conversion on a pass from Stafford to Titus Young that trimmed Green Bay's lead to 16. They scored a meaningless TD on Stafford's 3-yard pass to Calvin Johnson with 11 seconds left.

Detroit had raised expectations for a competitive and entertaining game during its annual showcase after losing the last seven games by three-plus TDs on average.

The Lions kept it close early -- in a punt-and penalty-filled first half -- then simply couldn't keep up with Rodgers' passing attack and failed to stay disciplined.

A game that was scoreless for the first 25 minutes turned into a 24-0 lead for Green Bay late in the third.

"You have to keep your composure," Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson said. "In big games, you need your best players there.

"They broke and we took advantage of it."

Rodgers doesn't need any help, but he did get an assist when Detroit lost three defensive backs to injuries, leaving the Lions with receiver Rashied Davis in the secondary.

Rodgers was 22 of 32 for 307 yards. He threw a 3-yard TD pass to Greg Jennings with 4:51 left in the first half for the first score of the game and a 65-yard pass to James Jones in the third for a 21-0 lead.

Stafford was 32 of 45 for 276 yards. He was picked off by Woodson, Clay Matthews and Rob Francois.

Despite the humbling loss, Stafford remained confident about how his team stacks up with the Packers.

"I still do feel like we match up really well against those guys," he said. "We didn't play our best. We didn't get a bunch of breaks."

Green Bay's winning streak, including its run in the 2010 playoffs, equals the streak the Oakland Raiders had during the 1976-77 seasons.

New England won 18 straight during the 2007 season only to lose to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints were the last teams to start a season 11-0, pulling off the feat two years ago.

"We know we have something special, 12-0 is our goal," Pickett said. "And if 16-0 is there when we get there we'll embrace that."

Game notes


Packers RB James Starks (ankle), LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Desmond Bishop (calf) and OG Josh Sitton (knee) were injured. ... RB Kevin Smith (right ankle), FS Louis Delmas (knee), CB Chris Houston (knee) and CB Brandon McDonald (knee) went down for Detroit. ... Green Bay's next game is on the road against the New York Giants and Detroit plays at New Orleans.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
DET
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
1115
Rushing 1st downs
37
1st downs from Penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
2-105-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5367
Total Yards349409
Yards per play6.66.1
Total Drives1111
Passing296273
Comp - Att
22-3332-45
Yards per pass
9.06.1
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-111-3
Rushing53136
Rushing Attempts
1821
Yards per rush
2.96.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-2
Penalties7-5411-82
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:1230:48

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers22/333079.3202-11
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford32/452766.1131-3

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant6203.306
Starks4194.8012
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris7395.6014
Smith7365.1015

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jones39431.31654
Jennings57414.81315
DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Morris9819.001510
Johnson44912.31238

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gbTD04:51Greg Jennings 3 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 70
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD09:06John Kuhn 1 Yd Run (Mason Crosby Kick) 140
gbTD05:25James Jones 65 Yd Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick) 210
gbFG01:10Mason Crosby 35 Yd 240
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
detTD13:11Keiland Williams 16 Yd Run (Matthew Stafford Pass To Titus Young For Two-Point Conversion) 248
gbFG02:43Mason Crosby 32 Yd 278
detTD00:11Calvin Johnson 3 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick) 2715

Research Notes

LionsThe Lions have lost eight straight games on Thanksgiving, tying the Cardinals franchise for the longest holiday losing streak in NFL history.

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The Packers used four or fewer pass rushers on 77.6 percent of Matthew Stafford's dropbacks Thursday, their highest rate in a game this season. Stafford threw all three of his interceptions against such pressure, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt. The Packers used four or fewer at the third-lowest rate (52.4 percent) through the first 11 weeks of the season.
Matthew Stafford's 5.2 air yards per pass attempt was his lowest of the season by over a full yard (6.2 air yds/attempt Week 8 vs Denver). Lions running backs caught 16 of 17 targets for 135 yards, all season-high totals. Lions receivers combined for 10 catches on 18 targets, producing a season-low 101 receiving yards.
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Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had a day to forget. Pettigrew was targeted eight times, higher than his 6.5 season average, but the results were poor. All three of Stafford's interceptions came when targeting Pettigrew.
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Matthew Stafford has struggled mightily in 2 career games against the Packers. Back in 2009, he threw 4 interceptions in a 34-12 home loss. Today wasn't much different as Stafford was picked off 3 times in the Lions 27-15 loss.
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With the Packers starting 11-0, history tells us that they now have a 50/50 shot at winning the Super Bowl, as 5 of the previous 10 teams to start 11-0 in the Super Bowl era have gone on to win the Super Bowl, with 3 losing in the Super Bowl, and 2 losing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
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SuhNdamukong Suh was called for his third personal foul penalty of the season and his seventh since coming into the league last year. That's tied with his teammate Cliff Avril for the most in the NFL since 2010.

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Woodson joined the Packers in 2006, and since that time his 36 picks is the 2nd most in the league:
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