The first of the Thanksgiving Day games is in the books, and for the first half was extremely competitive. The Lions held onto the ball for long drives and kept Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense on the bench, however they failed to score on any of their drives. Penalties and missed opportunities in the first half would be a foreshadow of things to come. An interception by Clay Matthews set Green Bay up deep in Detroit territory and eventually led to a Green Bay Touchdown with 4:54 remaining in the half.
The third quarter saw Green Bay score 17 unanswered points while the Detroit Lions lost their poise while committing more penalties and having their star Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh ejected from the game for kicking an opposing player. Matthew Stafford struggled a bit, and the always opportunistic Green Bay defense picked him off three times.
The 4th quarter saw the Lions find the end zone early on and convert a two point conversion. However the Packer offense used a fantastic mix of run and pass to take time off the clock and leave the Lions with little time to mount a comeback. The Lions just couldn’t get the game started the way they wanted. Holding the Packers to 7 points and little yardage in the first half should have resulted in a lead for the Lions, but when they continued to fail to convert drives into points, the task became too great to achieve.
Of course this is good news for Giants fans on two levels…it reduces the record of a Wild Crad seeker, and doesn’t have the Packers travelling to New York off their first loss.
Game one in the Books: Pack 27 Lions 15
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