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"That's a difficult situation to go into," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "A big game like that on the road, Monday Night Football and the team's behind, you're in a 2-minute drill and you're pass-blocking a damn good pass rusher. I was very pleased with what I saw in Minnesota, and he stepped in there (Sunday) and played well."
Lang got another shot late in Sunday's 26-0 victory over Detroit after Clifton, who returned to the starting lineup after missing two games, reinjured his ankle in the third quarter.
With the Packers sitting on a big lead and trying to run out the clock, Lang wasn't tested extensively in pass protection. The few times he was, the Packers didn't often add a running back or tight end on Lang's side to provide blocking help.
And Lang showed impressive run-blocking ability on the Packers' final two possessions, consistently manhandling Lions right defensive end Cliff Avril, driving defensive tackle Grady Jackson out of the middle on a pair of plays and even getting to a linebacker to spring Ryan Grant for a 22-yard gain, his longest run of the season.
"He's smart, he pays attention to detail and he does things the right way," offensive line coach James Campen said. "To say that we're surprised at his performance, maybe a little. (Lang) playing left tackle and having a full week of it certainly helped him, and he'll practice there all week this week. He did a good job."
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