The Detroit Lions came into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers trying to avoid the distinction of becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-16 in a regular season. One thing went against them from the jump – the game was at Lambeau Field. One more thing blew up in the Lions’ faces – untimely penalties. A combination of those things plusthe fact that they played for the most part catch-up football doomed the Lions. The end result was that Green Bay soundly defeated Detroit 31-21; the loss sent the Lions to tha annals of NFL futility as they went 0-16, eclipsing the 0-14 record suffered by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 1976.
Green Bay took the lead early on 7-0 as reserve running back Deshawn Wynn ran for a 73-yard touchdown with 8:49 remaining in the opening quarter; the Packers would score again when quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 3-yard TD pass to rookie tight end Jermichael Finley, padding the Packers’ lead to 14-0. Detroit would get into the scoring column as QB Dan Orlovsky tossed a 9-yard TD pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, cutting their deficit to 14-7 – which would be the halftime score as both teams went to their respective locker rooms.
The Lioins would knot the score at 14 when Orlovsky threw another TD pass to Johnson – this one a 14-yarder with 10:20 left in the third quarter; the fourth quarter would bring an early score as Packers kicker Mason Crosby booted a 36-yard field goal gave Green bay a 17-14 lead. The Packers would go on another drive that would end with a TD pass from Rodgers to fullback John Kuhn, giving Green Bay a 10-point cushion at 24-14; a 9-yard touchdown run by Kevin Smith put Detroit to within a field goal with 7:32 remaining in the game. But 16 seconds later, Rodgers would hook up with WR Donald Driver on a 71-yard TD pass, which gave the Packers a 31-21 lead and the victory.
Rodgers had one of his better games this season as he went 21-of-31 for 308 yards and 3 TD’s while Orlovsky went 22-of-42 for 225 with 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. Ryan Grant and Wynn led the Packers’ potent rushing attack with 106 yards each – Grant on 15 carries and Wynn also scored and had 7 carries; Smith led the Lions rushers with 92 yards on 28 carries and a score.
Driver led all Packers receivers with 6 receptions for 111 yards and a score while Greg Jennings caught 5 passes for 101 yards. Detroits’ leading receiver was Johnson with 9 receptions for 102 and a pair of touchdowns while WR John Standeford caught 3 passes for 82 yards. Detroit ends their season winless at 0-16 while Green Bay ends theirs at 6-10.