Detroit Lions doomed by errors again in 42-21 blowout to Packers
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – For once, the Detroit Lions did not wait till the fourth quarter to melt down with a series of hideous mistakes. On Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, they crashed and burned before halftime.
The Lions scored 14 of the game’s first 17 points but went to the locker room down three after committing four penalties, taking a bad sack and giving up a touchdown pass in a comedy of errors that covered the final 84 seconds of the first half.
Compounding matters, Aaron Jones broke a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half, and Chandon Sullivan returned a Matthew Stafford interception for a touchdown early in the third quarter as the Lions lost their eighth straight division game and 11th straight overall, 42-21, to the Packers at Lambeau Field.
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The Lions are 0-2 to start a season for the second time in three years under head coach Matt Patricia, and their 11-game losing streak, including the final nine games of 2019, is tied for the third longest in franchise history.
Coming off the heels of a late-game meltdown in which they blew a fourth-quarter lead for the 11th time in Patricia’s now 34-game tenure, the Lions got off to a hot start Sunday.
They scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, a 1-yard run by Kerryon Johnson and a 4-yard pass from Stafford to Marvin Jones, then allowed 31 unanswered points.
Defensively, with a feeble pass rush and banged-up secondary, the Lions had no answer for a Packers offense has scored 85 points in two games and got big days from Jones and quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.
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The Packers settled for a field goal after their first drive stalled just outside the red zone, then scored touchdowns on three of their next four possessions.
Rodgers threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jones early in the second quarter, then took advantage of a slew of Lions mistakes to give Green Bay a 17-14 halftime lead.
On second-and-6 from the Lions 11, Stafford took a bad sack for the second straight week, leaving the Lions in third-and-long from their own 1 – last week, he took a costly sack in the fourth quarter that forced the Lions to try a long field goal that Matt Prater missed. The Bears used good field position following that miss to stage their comeback.
On Sunday, trying to kill time with a run on the next play, Oday Aboushi drew a holding penalty that stopped the clock. The Packers started their next possession at their own 38 with 1 minute left in the first half and gained 38 yards on the next two plays on a short pass and two Will Harris personal fouls.
Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass three plays later to Robert Tonyan, and Jones broke his long run through the middle of the Lions defense on Green Bay’s next play from scrimmage in the third quarter.
The Lions followed with a three-and-out, and on their next possession, Stafford threw behind Danny Amendola and into the arms of Sullivan, who returned the pick 7 yards for a touchdown.
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Jones had a career-day with 168 yards rushing on 18 carries and three touchdowns, including one receiving. He had 236 total yards from scrimmage.
Rodgers completed 18 of 30 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns for the Packers, who are tied with the Chicago Bears atop the NFC North with a 2-0 record.
Stafford finished 20 of 33 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions, who played without starters Kenny Golladay, Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, Joe Dahl and Halapoulivaati Vaitai on Sunday and face the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints the next two weeks.
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