Lions dominate Packers 19-7
September 21, 2014
Packers running back Eddie Lacy is tackled in the end zone by
Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) for a safety
during the first half.
DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers finally fell short against the
Detroit Lions, whose banged-up secondary was able to control the
Green Bay star.
Rodgers threw for only 162 yards and was sacked twice, and the
Packers lost 19-7 to Detroit on Sunday. Rodgers had been 9-1
against the Lions, with the only loss a game he had to leave
early because of a concussion.
But he was healthy this time, and Green Bay was held to 223
yards of offense.
"They've got a good defense. You've got to give them credit,"
Rodgers said. "As well as our defense played today, we scored
seven and we gave up nine with our offense. They didn't even
need to score."
Don Carey returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown for the
Lions (2-1), whose defense also added a safety in the second
Green Bay had won 15 of the past 17 meetings with Detroit, and
the Packers were 9-1 with Rodgers playing. The one loss he took
part in came in 2010, when he left the game in the first half
with a concussion. Green Bay lost that game 7-3 — until Sunday,
that was the only time since Rodgers became the starting
quarterback in 2008 that the Packers were held to seven points
Last season, Rodgers was out with a fractured collarbone when
Green Bay lost to the Lions 40-10 on Thanksgiving.
Lions strong safety Don Carey picks up the fumble from Green Bay
Packers running back Eddie Lacy and runs it back for a 40-yard
touchdown during the first half.
Detroit's Matthew Stafford was 22 of 34 for 246 yards with
two interceptions Sunday. The Detroit quarterback's second
interception — on third-and-long in the second quarter —
actually worked out in his team's favor. His deep pass for
Calvin Johnson was picked off near the goal line by Davon House,
and although the play was initially ruled a touchback, a review
gave Green Bay (1-2) the ball at its own 1-yard line.
The Packers tried a run with Eddie Lacy, and linebacker DeAndre
Levy caught him in the end zone for a safety that put Detroit
"Our defense did an outstanding job of getting off the field all
day," Stafford said. "Against that group that they were going up
against, that was pretty awesome."
Detroit's offense finally scored a touchdown in the fourth
quarter on a 26-yard run by Reggie Bush.
Safety James Ihedigbo (neck) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn
(ankle) were inactive for Detroit, which has also lost defensive
backs Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson to season-ending injuries.
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch left in the first quarter after
hurting his left knee while celebrating a sack.
After sacking Rodgers, Tulloch jumped through the air and looked
as if he was trying to mimic the Green Bay quarterback's "title
belt" celebration, but then he fell to the ground. He tried to
play on, but left the game a short while later.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin
Johnson (81), defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam
Shields (37) makes a catch.
The Packers lost despite forcing three turnovers. They tried
to establish the run a bit early, and that backfired when Lacy's
fumble was scooped up by Carey. The defensive back went all the
way to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
"Disappointing loss," Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. "We
knew it was going to be a tough one coming in here today. I just
look at the game from our perspective — missed opportunities. I
thought our defense played well with three takeaways."
Carey hadn't played in Detroit's first two games this season
because of a hamstring problem, and he left this game after
aggravating that same injury.
Rodgers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless in the
first quarter Sunday to tie it at 7, but the Packers never
"Offensively, we did not establish the run game, particularly
the way they were playing us on defense," McCarthy said. "I felt
like we stayed committed to the run — put a lot on Aaron there
in the second half. Maybe we should have given him the ball
completely earlier. That's something that I'll look at."
NOTES: Green Bay LB Clay Matthews left with a groin
injury, and House hurt his knee. ... Levy had nine tackles and
an assist. Suh and Tulloch accounted for Detroit's two sacks.
... Packers LB Julius Peppers sacked Stafford in the third
quarter after the Lions reached the Green Bay 7, forcing a
fumble that he also recovered.