Final

Packers 24

(7-3, 3-2 away)

Lions 20

(4-6, 2-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2012

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 7 7 1024
DET 3 7 7 320

Top Performers

Passing: M. Stafford (DET) - 266 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Leshoure (DET) - 19 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Johnson (DET) - 5 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Aaron Rodgers' late TD to Randall Cobb lifts Packers to fifth straight win

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Green Bay Packers are winning again, and they aren't too concerned about how they look doing it.

Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to Randall Cobb with 1:55 left, and the Packers pulled out a 24-20 win over Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.

"When our best was needed," Rodgers said, "we were able to come through."

The Packers (7-3) moved within a half-game of first-place Chicago in the NFC North after losing three of their first five games. The Bears play at San Francisco on Monday night.

"Early on, we were trying to find the identity we had last year when we had an attitude that no one could stop us coming off our Super Bowl," receiver Donald Driver said. "Now, we got our groove back and we're ready to roll."

The Lions (4-6), are struggling. They have dropped two in a row to make their goal of playing in consecutive postseasons very challenging. They begin a difficult schedule run on Thanksgiving against AFC-South leading Houston.

Lions center Dominic Raiola bristled when asked about the team falling short of expectations.

"That's how we got in trouble earlier in the season," Raiola said.

Matthew Stafford couldn't put the Lions ahead on either of their last two drives in a game he'd like to forget.

Stafford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. One of the interceptions was returned 72 yards by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings for a go-ahead score in the third quarter.

"I have to play better than that to give us a chance to win," he said.

Rodgers acknowledged he wasn't at his best, but the fifth-year starter was good enough.

He was 19 of 27 for 236 yards with two TDs and an interception. His first TD pass was a 20-yard connection with wide open Jermichael Finley early in the second quarter that gave Green Bay its first lead.

Cobb had nine catches for 74 yards and the game-winning TD, a twisting grab in the end zone on a lofted pass across the field.

"We just buckled," Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy said. "Even that last touchdown late in the game, we had a chance to make a play on it, we just didn't make the play. That's kind of been the theme for us this year, being in position and not finishing."

On Green Bay's next possession, Mason Crosby made a 39-yard field goal with 19 seconds to go after missing two field goals earlier in the game.

Finley had three receptions for 66 yards and a score for the Packers, who were able to strike somewhat of a balance with James Starks running for 74 yards.

Stafford completed just 17 of 39 passes -- missing many receivers badly -- for 266 yards with a 25-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson that put Detroit ahead 17-14 late in the third quarter. Stafford also lost a fumble near midfield in the second quarter one drive after throwing a pass directly toward rookie cornerback Casey Hayward, who started for the injured Sam Shields.

The Lions also had some drama on the sideline with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson screaming at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan late in the game.

Johnson had five receptions for 143 yards and caught a TD pass from Stafford for the second straight week after they failed to connect for a score in the first eight games of the season.

Mikel Leshoure had 84 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD run that gave Detroit a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Lions settled for field goals after driving inside the Green Bay 10 early and late in the game and those missed opportunities proved to be costly against a team that is building momentum.

Game notes


Lions OT Jeff Backus left in the first half with a hamstring injury that seemed to be in his right leg and coach Jim Schwartz said his 186-game starting streak is "definitely in jeopardy," against Houston.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GB
DET
1st Downs1619
Passing 1st downs
109
Rushing 1st downs
56
1st downs from penalties
14
3rd down efficiency
6-136-15
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays5968
Total Yards314362
Yards per play5.35.3
Total Drives1112
Passing219252
Comp-Att
19-2717-39
Yards per pass
7.35.7
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-175-14
Rushing95110
Rushing Attempts
2924
Yards per rush
3.34.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties9-807-50
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession30:1829:42

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rodgers19/272368.7213-17
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford17/392666.8125-14

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks25743.0011
Cobb2199.5015
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leshoure19844.4115
Stafford2126.006

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cobb9748.2122
Finley36622.0140
DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson514328.6153
Broyles23517.5027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBDET
detFG4:29Jason Hanson 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 3:08
03
SECOND QUARTERGBDET
gbTD14:03Jermichael Finley 20 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 81 yds, 5:28
73
detTD8:16Mikel Leshoure 1 Yard Run (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 5:50
710
THIRD QUARTERGBDET
gbTD8:46M.D. Jennings 72 Yard Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 23 yds, 3:04
1410
detTD3:07Calvin Johnson 25 Yard Pass From Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 83 yds, 5:30
1417
FOURTH QUARTERGBDET
detFG4:25Jason Hanson 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 4:12
1420
gbTD2:02Randall Cobb 22 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 82 yds, 2:30
2120
gbFG0:24Mason Crosby 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -1 yds, 1:00
2420

Research Notes

Matthew Stafford had a 19.8 Total QBR in Detroit's loss to the Packers on Sunday. It was Stafford's worst single-game performance of 2012 and his lowest since he posted a 15.4 QBR in a Week 10 loss against the Bears last season.
Matthew Stafford was not sharp throwing the ball downfield against the Packers. Stafford connected just six times on 19 attempts (31.5 pct) at least 11 yards downfield. He was 4-for-8 when targeting Calvin Johnson on those throws, but just 2-for-11 when passing downfield to everyone else. The Lions are 0-3 this season when Stafford fails to complete at least 40 percent of his passes 11 or more yards downfield.
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Randall Cobb had a career-high 12 targets on Sunday, catching nine including the game-winning touchdown. Cobb has been targeted 8.8 times per game during the Packers' five-game win streak compared to 5.0 targets a game in the first five games of the season.

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