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[September 22, 2014]
DETROIT - For only the second time
in his career, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost to the
Detroit Lions, whose defense outscored Green Bay in a 19-7 victory at
Ford Field. Ndamukong Suh had a simple explanation why Detroit made
Green Bay's powerful offense disappear on Sunday.
"Your front four has to dominate the line of scrimmage," said
Suh, the Lions' premier defensive tackle. "That's something we pride
ourselves on. We're always going to pride ourselves on that. We want
to stop the run with the front four. That's period, point blank, and
then we'll go from there."
Lions' defenders were beaming with pride after outscoring the
Packers offense - 9-7 -- on Sunday afternoon. The defense put up the
first nine points and held the Packers to 223 total yards.
Defensive back Don Carey scored on a 40-yard fumble return in the
first quarter and linebacker DeAndre Levy had a team-high nine
tackles, one for a safety.
"Our defense did an outstanding job of getting off the field all
day," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "Against that group
that they were going up against, that was pretty awesome."
Running back Reggie Bush had a 26-yard scoring run in the fourth
quarter for Detroit (2-1), which bounced back from a loss at
Carolina. Bush rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries and caught six
passes for 38 yards one week after he was frustrated by having just
seven total touches.
Stafford connected on 22 of 34 passes for 246 yards but committed
three turnovers, including two interceptions.
"Every game is different," Stafford said. "There are going to be
times when our defense has issues and we're going to be able to
score a bunch of points and win a game. And there are going to be
times like today where the offense was laboring to put points up and
our defense is going to do a great job of getting off the field and
holding them to seven. It's complimentary football."
Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes 162 yards and a touchdown for
Green Bay (1-2), but was under duress much of the game. His longest
completion was 18 yards as the Packers scored their fewest points in
a game that Rodgers started and was able to finish.
The Packers tried to establish the run early but went nowhere,
gaining 76 yards on 22 carries.
"You get into a one-dimensional game and you're playing uphill,"
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Our ability to stay balanced, I
thought, was the biggest obstacle that we encountered today."
For the second straight week, an early fumble put the Packers in a
hole. Running back Eddie Lacy had the ball stripped by defensive
tackle Nick Fairley and Carey scooped up the ball at the Green Bay
40. Carey, who aggravated a hamstring injury during the half, eluded
Rodgers inside the 10 and scored his first career touchdown.
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Rodgers fumbled the first snap a week earlier, leading to a New York
"The fumble, there's no excuse for that," McCarthy said. "Two weeks
in a row, we had a fumble on the first play and a fumble on the
second play. That's unacceptable."
Rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's first interception led to the
Packers' tying score later in the quarter. Rodgers found tight end
Andrew Quarless over the middle on 3rd and 1 from the 10 to complete
a 59-yard drive.
Stafford's second interception inadvertently helped the Lions regain
the lead. Stafford overthrew Johnson and cornerback Davon House
intercepted at the 1. Lacy was tackled in the end zone by linebacker
DeAndre Levy on the next play to give Detroit a 9-7 edge.
The Lions lost middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch on the previous
possession to a left knee injury that occurred when Tulloch
celebrated a sack of Rodgers.
Nate Freese's 30-yard field goal made it 12-7.
The second half was scoreless until Bush scooted around the left
side on a 3rd and 2 from the 26 with 10:40 remaining. Green Bay's
next drive stalled at the Lions' 20. Rodgers threw an incompletion
to receiver Jordy Nelson on fourth down.
NOTES: The Packers won 15 of the last 17 meetings but lost here
40-10 last Thanksgiving when QB Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a
broken collarbone. ... OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and S James
Ihedigbo (neck) were among the Lions' inactives. Packers MLB Brad
Jones (quadriceps) was also out. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson holds
the NFL record in receiving yards per game for players with a
minimum of 100 career games at 88.7. Houston's Andre Johnson ranks
second at 82.2 per game.
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