The Green Bay Packers took care of business, beating the Detroit Lions and securing the NFC North title with a 31-24 win at Ford Field.
It’s Never Easy
The Lions jumped out to a 7-0 lead with a touchdown on the opening possession and drove right through Green Bay’s defense on the way.
The Packers answered, scoring on their first possession and the Lions would never lead again. Green Bay went up 14-7 before the Lions tied it at 14 apiece heading into the halftime.
Green Bay’s first score came courtesy of an incredible catch-and-run by Davante Adams, who put most of the Lions defenders on skates as he romped into the end zone. Marquez Valdes-Scantling made a highlight-reel catch over a defender for the Packers’ second touchdown of the day.
Running Away with the North
The Packers scored on all three second half possessions, running away with the win despite a late onside kick try by the Lions.
The last score of the game should have been a 53-yard field goal by Mason Crosby but a false start penalty moved it back to 57 yards and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur opted to keep Crosby in for the try. The ball started out left towards the upright before hooking inside and was plenty good to put the Packers up two scores.
The Packers won the time of possession battle, 35 – 24 minutes and overcame 12 penalties.
The win coupled with the Minnesota Vikings loss at Tampa Bay gives Green Bay the NFC North division title. The Philadelphia Eagles were able to upset the New Orleans Saints, which moved the Packers into the number one seed in the NFC with three games left.
Aaron Rodgers is making a very strong case for MVP in 2020 with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown to boot. Rodgers is rejuvenated this season and leading Green Bay’s offense down the path to greatness.
Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling led the way with 13 combined catches and a touchdown each. MVS has turned it on since the late-game fumble against the Indianapolis Colts.
The pass rush mustered four sacks via Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage.
The Packers offensive line once again kept Rodgers clean, giving up zero sacks.
Needs Some Work
Green Bay had 12 penalties in this game which is sloppy, to say the least. Against the Lions, they can survive. That won’t get it done, however, against better competition.
It would be another game without a special teams blunder. The Packers gave up a 71-yard kick return in the second half but this time, the kicker made the tackle. Mason Crosby gave JK Scott a lesson in putting a body in there and getting the ball carrier down.
The Packers now have a short week and will host the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night at Lambeau Field.