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Packers Escape With Win


(WHBL-Learfield) - The Green Bay Packers beat Detroit for the 20th straight time at home yesterday, 28-to-26. The Lions had a huge advantage in total yards, 431-to-261, and they held the ball 15 minutes longer than Green Bay. But while Detroit relied mostly on a short passing game, the Packers took advantage of the Lions’ mistakes and had more of the day’s big plays. Charles Woodson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in the first minute of the second half to put Green Bay up 28-14. The Lions then chipped away at their deficit, but could not get in the end zone. Four second-half field goals by Jason Hanson put the Lions to within two. But the Packers held the ball for the final six-and-a-half minutes, as fullback John Kuhn dominated the drive with short runs. He had nine carries for 39 yards, and Brandon Jackson ran for 33 yards on a day the Packers had just 40 plays to Detroit’s 78. Aaron Rodgers passed only 17 times, completing 12 for 181 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Lions’ quarterback Shaun Hill threw for 331 yards, two scores, and two picks. And Detroit’s 431 total yards were the most for the Lions against Green Bay on the road since 1980 in Milwaukee. But Detroit had 13 penalties to just three for the Pack. Green Bay now has a 10-game overall winning streak over Detroit, the longest in their series since 1954. The Lions fell to 0-and-4 on the year. The Packers are 3-and-1, and will play at Washington next Sunday.

Packers’ starting rookie safety Morgan Burnett left in the second quarter with a sprained knee – and tests will be done today to determine how severe it is. Linebacker Nick Barnett injured a wrist, but he got a cast for it and returned. Jermichael Finley had four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Donald Driver had three catches for 89 yards and a score. Greg Jennings had the Pack’s other receiving touchdown. Receiver Calvin Johnson scored both of Detroit’s touchdowns in the second quarter. Hill, the quarterback, was the Lions’ leading rusher with 53 yards on four carries.

Green Bay moved back into a first-place tie in the N-F-C North division last night, after the Chicago Bears lost to the New York Giants 17-to-3 in East Rutherford. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half, and he missed the second half with a concussion. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 129 yards and a touchdown for the Giants. The Bears were the last N-F-C team to go undefeated before their loss. They join the Packers at 3-and-1. That’s one-and-a-half games ahead of 1-and-2 Minnesota, which had its bye.