Green Bay Packers Survive Against Detroit Lions 28-26
October 3rd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Coming off of a tough NFC North loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night, the Green Bay Packers were supposed to runaway with a victory on Sunday over another division rival in the Detroit.  The Lions had other ideas however, playing Green Bay down to the wire only to come up just short in a 28-26 loss.

It looked like it would be a blowout early, as Green Bay jumped out to a 7-0 lead in less than three minutes on an Aaron Rodgers 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver.  After a Detroit answer to draw the game 7-7 on a Calvin John touchdown reception from Shaun Hill, Green Bay scored 14 unanswered points to take the game to 21-7.

Route on.  Not so fast.

The Lions scored a touchdown to end the second half that brought the game to 21-14 into the lock room behind Johnson’s second touchdown of the game.

The start of the third quarter began something like the start of the first quarter, with Green Bay scoring quickly.  This time however, it was the defense.  Defensive back Charles Woodson intercepted Hill’s pass and returned it 48 yards just 26 seconds into the second half. That would be the lone score for the Packers the entire second half. From there, Detroit fought their way back into the game, however they were unable to get the touchdowns needed and instead settled for field goals.

It was four Jason Hanson field goals to be exact.  Two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter that brought the game to 28-26.

“Guys fought hard today, they fought so hard,” Hill said after the game. “We deserved that win, we deserved to get the feeling of a win in this locker room. We really do. I just feel terrible that we haven’t got that yet.”

On the other side of the ball, the Packers seemed happy to be able to get out of there with a victory.

“It’s a win, so we’re happy about that,” Rodgers said. “Offensively, we’ve got to find our identity again.”

“It was a tough game,” Woodson remarked in a post-game interview. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a good-looking game, an ugly game, it don’t matter. As long as you win, that’s the main point.”

Entering the game, the Packers were set as an asserted two-touchdown favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting Odds, with Detroit covering the line.  The game cleared the installed over/under of 46 points prior to kickoff.

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