DETROIT, Mich. (WTAQ) - In what put the playoff hopes of the Green Bay Packers on life support, the green and gold never got anything going in a 7-3 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Sunday.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion during the 2nd quarter, following a hit by Lions linebacker Landon Johnson. Rodgers scrambled for 18 yards, but didn't slide, instead choosing to dive head-first, leading to the collision. Rodgers stayed in the game, but came out to begin the Packers next offensive series.
Matt Flynn came off the bench and played well at times, but showed ultimately that he's not ready for prime time, finishing the day 15-of-26 for 177 yards and an interception while the Packers (8-5) were inside the Lions red zone. The pass was picked off on a play-action throw by Lions LB DeAndre Levy.
That would be as close to the goal line as the Packers would get all day.
Lions quarterback Drew Stanton, much better using his legs than his arm, led them on a 12 play, 80 yard drive in the 4th quarter, capped by a 13 yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Heller.
The Packers defense could not stop the Lions (3-10) ground game, allowing 190 yards on Sunday. The green and gold also turned the ball over 3 times.
Get a full recap, including the latest playoff scenario, on the 5th Quarter with Mark Daniels and Nick Vitrano Monday at 5 p.m. exclusively on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ.