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Flynn Can't Win: Lions Upset Packers, 7-3


Well the game started off on a bad foot with Quarless fumbling a first down catch, but then Tramon came through with the HUGE pick in the endzone that saved us from the Lions getting on the board first, it was his fifth of the season to match a career high. P Tim Masthay had a huge punt that resulted in the Lions going three and out and then gave us the ball back in good field position. The defense was playing the run well, as it seemed that was all the Lions were doing on a regular basis. The three-point performance was the fewest by Green Bay since it was shut out by New England, 35-0, on Nov. 19, 2006. The Packers registered just 258 yards of total offense, their lowest output since Week 1 of 2009 vs. Chicago, and their 13 first downs matched a season low at N.Y. Jets in Week 8. Green Bay’s three running backs combined for just 31 yards on 12 carries, sad, very sad. Those three turnovers by the Packers and a key fourth-quarter drive by Detroit proved to be the difference in a 7-3 loss in front of 57,659 at Ford Field that dropped Green Bay to 8-5 on the season.

That Jennings drop, that would of been a TD, and it ruined Aaron's streak of no INT's in 181 pass attempts was a heartbreaker. That streak now ranks No. 2 in franchise annals behind only Bart Starr. But the defense stepped up again and gave us another shot to go down and score. But it again ended, in a decent punt by Masthay, who became the first punter in franchise history to post a 50-yard average in a game with eight or more attempts.

The Lions were trying razzle-dazzle plays but Clay was smelling them out like a dog to his food. With all that pressure it caused Drew Staton to throw another pick by Charlie Peprah in the second quarter, it was his first interception of his five-year career. The Packers held the Lions to just seven points on Sunday, the fewest allowed by a Green Bay team in Detroit since a 31-3 win over the Lions on Dec. 16, 1996, at the Pontiac Silverdome. With the seven points allowed, the Packers improved their defensive scoring average to 14.5 points per game this season, which leads the NFL. Green Bay also limited Detroit to just 286 yards of total offense, the first time the Lions posted less than 300 yards in a game since Week 3.

The Packers offense was not clicking in the first half. And then Rodgers got hurt on his 18 yard scramble where Aaron helmet hit the turf hard and sustained a concussion and Matt Flynn had to come in with 1:21 left in the half and tried to get a score before half but it remained 0-0 at the half. Flynn, who finished 15-of-26 for 177 and one INT, had his up's and downs. Flynn stated after the game; "There are no excuses for it. That’s my job to come in and keep moving the ball, and we didn’t get it done. I’m going to prepare the hardest I have ever prepared before because obviously I made a couple of mental mistakes. That shouldn’t happen. Especially in a tough situation, those things can’t happen.”

4 turnovers in the first half. Two by each team. And the injury to Rodgers does not fair well for the upcoming games that are left.

The second half started out well with Flynn at QB. McCarthy miss another challenge of a potential TD by Jennings and the Packers had to settle for a field goal by Mason.

Flynn was doing a great job in the 3rd quarter with his 81 yard drive, up in tell his pick in the endzone by Levy. And the Ex-Packer Dave Rayner shanked a field goal, that was classic, no wonder he was cut!

The Lions put on a great 80 yard drive and wore down the Packers defense to go up 7-3 with 7:55 left in the 4th with a screen pass. That hurt.

Again Flynn had a nice long drive down the field in the final two minutes, but on the 4th and 1 McCarthy decided to go deep, not a smart call when your season is on the line. Therefor it gives the Lions the win and breaks the losing streak against the Pack and might have left us at home look at the TV.

Good: A.J. Hawk, seemed to be in on every play. Peprah for his first pick. Raji for stuffing the middle on the D-Line. Rodgers for his 18-yard run in the second quarter putting him over the 300-yard rushing mark for a second straight season, but then he get's a BOO for not sliding down feet first.

Boos: To many to say, I am burnt thinking of what could of been this week, really, it's the Lions.“I let the team down with the big drop in the first quarter,” said Jennings, who posted 52 yards receiving on four catches. “Obviously it was a momentum-changer and you just can’t have that when you are playoff-caliber and you are trying to reach the playoffs and you’ve got bigger goals.” All of the talk of the MetroDome collapsing, this has happened before people. move on.

It was being billed as a trap game and it turned out to be one. I am sad and disppointed. I only hope that our season did not end in Detroit. And we all hope Aaron is ok for next week. Beating the Patriots would BE HUGE on Sunday Night!

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