Packers' Jordy Nelson catches a pass in front of Detroit
Lions' Glover Quin during the first half of an NFL football
game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — James Jones
wouldn't be denied a Lambeau leap after a long touchdown catch.
So when a Lions fan — sitting in enemy territory, no less — pushed
him out of the stands, the Packers receiver tried to make the
traditional celebratory jump one more time. Success.
His 83-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter was just
the big-play spark the Packers needed to liven up an offense that
otherwise settled for field goals in a 22-9 win Sunday over the
undermanned Detroit Lions.
"Yeah, man, a Detroit Lion fan pushed me out of there one time,"
Jones said. "I had to double jump."
Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The defense contained Reggie
Bush and took advantage of an offense playing without star receiver
Calvin Johnson, who had missed a couple days of practice last week
with a knee injury.
With Megatron out, Jones stole the show with a highlight-reel catch.
Jones had a step on his man down the left sideline, and Aaron
Rodgers delivered a perfectly timed throw. With another defensive
back closing in around the 15, Jones turned right about 45 degrees
to get into the end zone for a 16-3 lead with 3:12 left in the third
He took a bow while dancing on his heels. He's glad he didn't get
"I was hoping, because I never would've heard the end of it from
everybody in here," said Jones, who finished with four catches for
127 yards and barely missed another long score after his foot grazed
the sideline in the end zone.
The Packers (2-2) extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over
the Lions (3-2) to 23.
Rodgers was 20 for 30 for 274 yards, and Eddie Lacy ran for 99 yards
on 23 carries in his return from a concussion.
Randall Cobb set up Crosby's 31-yard field goal in the third quarter
with a 67-yard dash into Lions territory after lining up in the
backfield. Crosby also was good from 26 and 52 yards in the first
half and added makes from 42 and 45 in the fourth quarter.
Green Bay Packers' James Jones
breaks away from Detroit Lions' Chris Houston (23) for an
83-yard touchdown catch during the second half.
For a change, defense set the pace
for Green Bay before the offense caught up.
The Packers recorded five sacks, all from their linebackers,
including one from Clay Matthews before he left with a thumb injury.
"We didn't get it done well enough today — offense, defense or
special teams," coach Jim Schwartz said. "With or without Calvin,
that was the story of the game — not whether Calvin played or not."
But the wideout was still clearly missed.
Reggie Bush was held to 44 yards on 13 carries and four catches for
25 yards. The Packers' improved run defense mostly contained the
dangerous Bush on first-down runs, leaving the Lions with long
second- and third-down situations.
Still, the Lions trailed by just 16 late because Green Bay had to
settle for field goals. They drove to the Packers 30 with 7:16 left
before three straight incompletions left them headed back to the
Detroit especially felt Johnson's absence then. A pass attempt on
fourth-and-3 went awry after Kris Durham slipped on the turf.
Schwartz declined to offer more details on the extent of Johnson's
injury. He missed his first regular-season game since 2010.
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson watches as his teammates
warm up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay
Packers Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Johnson had
been sidelined two days last week with a knee injury and was
declared inactive for Sunday's game.
Matthew Stafford, who finished 25 for
40 for 262 yards, said he had an inkling Saturday that Johnson might
"He's one of the guys on our team that can stretch the field,"
Stafford said. "I know he wanted to be out there. It's a tough
situation we were in."
The Lions' only touchdown came late when Stafford found Durham for a
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets yelled at by a
Washington Redskins fan while celebrating a touchdown with a
"Just being able to keep them in
short and intermediate passes definitely helped us out," linebacker
Mike Neal said. "Calvin's a big part of their game plan, and without
him, I think they put a lot on other guys. It was a big plus for
Notes: Packers starting LB Brad Jones left in the first half with a
hamstring injury. Later, his replacement, Robert Francois, had to be
helped off the field favoring his right leg. ... For the Lions,
starting RT Jason Fox left with a knee injury, while backup RB Theo
Riddick was also out after being evaluated for a head injury. ...
Crosby's five field goals tied a team record shared by two other
Packers. ... . The teams combined for 17 penalties, 10 for the