Packers vs. Lions : The Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day losing record now stands at seven games as they trailed the Green Bay Packers 29-22 from start to finish at Ford Field
It was the 22nd Thanksgiving Day game between these two legendary teams in NFL history. Ten years after Detroit last won the conference in 2013, the Packers got revenge by winning their games in convincing fashion and cutting an all-time series deficit on Thanksgiving Day
Meanwhile, the Lions are 2-1 against NFC North clubs and 1-1 against the Packers on the season. It was the team’s first loss since beating the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. Detroit won the first meeting in Week 4, 34-20.
Last: Lost to Detroit 29-22, seventh Thanksgiving Day defeat
The Lions never took the lead and they always took the lead. They trailed 14-6 after giving up touchdowns on Green Bay’s opening two possessions. The ensuing struggles of Jared Goff—mishandling the ball twice in the first quarter—kept the Lions in the rearview mirror. The Packers later increased their lead to 23-6 at halftime and recovered the opening fumble to take a 20-6 lead.
Despite only giving up six more points, Detroit couldn’t catch up. All day long, the Lions offense lacked rhythm, failing to convert third and fourth downs into touchdowns to complete the comeback After its turnovers, the Lions gained 464 yards but just 7-for-15 on the third low is 1- . for-6 on fourth down And it was, including 0-for-5 on the final drive
Goff completed 29 of 44 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns and three fumble losses. During the afternoon he was struck eleven times and moved three times, adding to his already serious condition. David Montgomery and Jahmir Gibbs combined for 125 yards and one score on 26 carries, the result of a great rushing game.
Another lackluster performance from the defense, which allowed 29 points and 377 yards.Jordan Love wasn’t sacked once as he finished 22-for-32 for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He had plenty of time to find openings in the secondary in the first half before the Lions stopped several times late on third down.
Fourth-quarter, 6:46 : The Lions miss a fourth-down opportunity in the Green Bay red zone
Detroit’s dreams of a comeback would have ended with that change on the relegation. With two plays remaining, a 38-yard connection to Jameson Williams and a 24-yard pass to Kalif Raymond, the Lions were quickly down the field from the Green Bay 15-yard line Detroit got a first down, but when they got it just three yards later they failed on fourth down. Under pressure, Goff attempted a hard hit to a covered Sam LaPorta in the corner of the end zone, but it was incomplete. The Lions are now 0-5 as they try to overturn a fourth down in the game.
Fourth quarter, 13:32: Jared Goff is sacked for a turnover on downs on the fourth play
On the ensuing drive, Detroit was unable to reduce the Packers lead. Rushan Gary sacked Jared Goff on fourth-and-7 from the Green Bay 31-yard line. Gary cut the edge and got the best of him in left tackle Taylor Decker. With time running out, the Lions gave the ball back down two points.
After throwing two first downs to Kalif Raymond, the Lions quickly moved into Green Bay territory. Then they ran more plays until an impossible fourth down.
Jordan Love scores a third-quarter touchdown on Christian Watson to give the Packers a 29-14 lead with 3:30 left
Three plays after the fake punt, the Packers scored immediately. Jordan Love delivered a jump ball to Christian Watson on a third-and-three play, and Watson beat Jerry Jacobs and advanced for an easy grab touchdown Aidan Hutchinson foiled the trick play when he made a tackle for loss Yen a The Packers tried to go up by 17 points, but the score remained at 15 points
3rd Quarter, 5:27 : At the Lions 23, the Packers take over after a failed Lions fake punt
Thanksgiving is not a good time to bet on Detroit. After the score, the Lions got a defensive stop, but regained possession inside their own five-yard line. After getting one first down, Detroit was forced to punt from its own 23-yard line. On fourth-and-four, Dan Campbell elected to make a fake punt, but the Packers settled down and stopped the Jaylen Reeves-Maybin run.
Third quarter, 11:46: David Montgomery has a TD, cutting the Packers lead to 23-14
On the opening drive of the second half, the Lions offense appeared to be a completely different team. Jahmir Gibbs ran for 23 yards and passed for 28 yards for Amon-Ra St. Louis. Brown when Detroit quickly moved into Green Bay territory to start a seven-play 72-yard drive. Early on David Montgomery ran for a 17-yard touchdown, but a holding call from Kalief Raymond negated the play. Two plays later, Montgomery ran six yards for a touchdown as Detroit won a penalty. On top of that, he had a two-point conversion after colliding with a defender in the air, just missing the goal line, and getting tangled up. After the conversion, Montgomery hopped off the field with a leg injury.
The Packers led the Lions 23-6 at the half
After a poor first half against the Packers, the Lions are well on their way to extending their Thanksgiving Day losing skid to seven games. To stop the Lions offense, Jared Goff fought hard with two fumbles, committed five total turnovers in two games, and made a poor throw on third down despite several incomplete shakes completed 8 of 16 throws for 100 yards in the first half. After scoring a touchdown on its first possession, Detroit managed just 72 yards on its next five drives.
In the first half, David Montgomery carried the ball more often than Jahmir Gibbs, with nine to Gibbs’ three. Top receiver Sam LaPorta had two receptions for 38 yards and a score.
Amon-Ra St. Brown has just two catches for 14 yards so far, keeping him on track.
Other than one fourth down, Green Bay’s offense has accumulated 247 yards and moved the ball with ease against Detroit. Jordan Love and Jayden Reed and Tucker Kraft are 15-for-18 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. It has been difficult for Detroit to put any pressure on Love and hold the receivers in coverage, making the first half of the game difficult for the defense
Second Quarter, 2:00 : The Lions convert a fourth down but missed
The Lions needed a touchdown before halftime, but their aggressiveness didn’t pay off. Detroit’s offense stayed in the area on fourth-and-four at the Packers’ 35-yard line. Jared Goff ducked and attempted a short pass to the left side, but Preston Smith beat him on the pass, causing the pass to be incomplete. Smith was released to immediate pressure on the right side of the offensive line.
Second quarter, 5:56: Packers take a 23-6 lead with a field goal
After a fourth down position, the Lions offense was at a loss for what to do, forcing the Packers to punt again. After a few short-and-intermediate finishes by Jordan Love, Green Bay quickly moved into Detroit territory. The Lions defense found it difficult to hold receivers in coverage until the Packers crossed the 30-yard line. The Packers finished the game with five yards as the Lions forced back-to-back incompletions and forced field goals to stop the bleeding at 17 extra points
Second quarter, 14:55: The Lions hit the Packers on fourth down
At one critical juncture, the defense made a great play to keep the score from rising to three touchdowns. After the conversion, a fourth down was forced, and Green Bay kept the offense in the zone for fourth-and-one. The Packers tried to run up the middle, but Jordan Love hit A.J. With Dillon on the handoff, Detroit rushed to regain possession on a tackle for loss.
Jared Goff gets the Packers in Lions territory again at 1:20 of the first quarter
Jared Goff had another terrible day after committing three errors in the previous game. On third down on the next drive, Goff tried to rush for a first down, but Carl Brooks hit him and rolled the ball for him. And the Packers controlled the ball on a huge scramble for power inside the Detroit 23-yard line.
A touchdown return by Jared Goff with 2:23 left in the first quarter gives the Packers a 20-6 lead
Detroit’s first quarter situation couldn’t have been worse to end its Thanksgiving Day losing run. Rashawn Gary took off and sacked quarterback Jared Goff on the third play of the ensuing drive. Jonathan Owens recovered the loose ball and scored. Although Goff’s hand was reaching forward, the officials decided he had already lost the ball, causing a fumble. The enthusiasm for the park was also supported by analysis of the game.
Jordan Love scored a touchdown on Tucker Kraft at 3:08 of the first quarter to give the Packers a 14-6 lead
After two drives, the Lions defense is off to the worst start imaginable. Once again, Jordan Love cut through the defense, capping a drive off rookie tight end Tucker Kraft for his first NFL touchdown. Instead of going deep for a shot, Love graduated downfield, completing five throws of at least eight yards. He ended the drive with a play-action that fooled the entire defense and then floated to Kraft for a nine-yard score.
8:30 of the first quarter: Sam LaPorta’s touchdown for the Lions, Patterson misses the extra point and the deficit is 7-6
The offense’s early drive wasn’t as slow as the defense. After two strong runs from David Montgomery, Jared Goff converted a third down with a hard hit on Jameson Williams at the crossroads. Two plays later, Laporta, a rookie tight end, was found on a corner route by QB Goff, and he hit it up the sideline for a 31-yard gain Goff hit LaPorte diagonally for a seven-yard score on second-and-2. goal so Riley Patterson, who has shown a picture of consistency when shooting from distance so far this year, missed another point to put Detroit behind.
First quarter, 12:16: Jaden Reed scores on the first possession to give the Packers a 6-0 lead
It didn’t take long for the Packers to take the lead. A long 53-yard pass from Jordan Love to Christian Watson on the first play of the first drive quickly moved Green Bay into Detroit territory. A few possessions later, Love found former Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed on a slant pass in a narrow window resulting in a 10-yard score.
The pre-game notes
The Lions became the Heart Cats with back-to-back wins going into the final seconds. Two weeks ago, they beat the Chargers 41-38 thanks to a Riley Patterson field goal. Last Saturday, the offense lost most of the day and beat the Bears by two touchdowns.
After two championships, Detroit is off to its best start since 1962, but still wants to improve on both sides of the ball. While defense played a key role in Saturday’s comeback, they’re still below league average and have a lot of unanswered problems on that side of the ball
They ranked 22nd overall defensively (22.9 points allowed per game), and had trouble stopping explosive quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, Justin Fields and Justin Herbert The Packers will have a much more stacked Jordan Love starting at center on Wednesday, according to the Lions do .
Crime is the main attraction in Detroit. Despite a cautious four turnovers Sunday, the Lions offense ranks sixth in points (27.2 per game) and second in yards (399.6 per game) Last week Jared Goff threw three interceptions , but managed to engineer a comeback and two flawless two- minutes of driving . In small change, he wants to get better by working harder.
For the third straight week, Jahmir Gibbs and David Montgomery should be close to full health in the run game. In the last two games, the two backs have combined for 421 yards and five touchdowns on 57 touchdowns. The offensive line is nearly completely intact, though left guard Jonah Jackson will line up for Week 2 with an issue finger.
Running back Aaron Jones, cornerback Jaire Alexander, safety Rudy Ford and linebacker D’Vondre Campbell are all out for the Packers.
All the paraphernalia for the Christmas games will also be available. The Lions will wear gray boots, an unmarked silver helmet and a modified Honolulu Blue jersey. Additionally, the jerseys will feature a ribbon honoring the late coach and player John Madden. Rapper Jack Harlow will perform at halftime.