Week 14 Game Recap: Detroit Lions 13, Green Bay Packers 16
What you need to know
Coming off a loss to the Vikings after the questionable firing of head coach Steve Mariucci, the Lions didnít get off to a quick start as the first play of the game was a false start. Kevin Jones quickly changed the direction of the drive with a 40 yard run four plays later, which led to an early field goal. In the fourth quarter, interim head coach Dick Jauron decided to go for the touchdown on fourth and goal from the one yard line with the game tied, but Garcia was unable to go anywhere against the Packersí defensive line. Ironically, the game ended up going into overtime and the Lions lost by a field goal.
Jeff Garcia did not make any mistakes in this game and made necessary passes to put his team in a position to win, but they were often unable to make the play. He finished the game with 112 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Kevin Jones had one big run, but was only able to gain six yards in the second half as the Lionsí running game was grounded by the Packersí front seven. Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson got some playing time when Jones was out for about a quarter, but they were unable to be effective, especially in the red zone.
Scott Vines has more receptions than all three first round draft choices coming into the game and he made the first catch of the game, but he was unable to make another catch for the rest of the game. Roy Williams was the only receiver that made him self known in the game as he made two beautiful catches, one for a touchdown. But he also dropped a big pass that could have given the Lions the win. He finished the game with four receptions and 53 yards for one touchdown.
The Lionsí special teams actually played a big role in this game as R. W. McQuarters had a 74 yard kickoff return at the end of the first half that put the Lions on the 16 yard line and allowed the Lions to score their first touchdown in the game. Also, Jared DeVries blocked a 38 yard field goal by Ryan Longwell in the second quarter. However, it was a personal foul penalty against Shaun Rogers which gave the Packers the momentum to move into field goal range in overtime.
When the game quickly started with a fumble by Brett Favre which gave the Lions great field position and led to a field goal, it looked like it would be another long night for the Packers. But besides a 40 yard run by Kevin Jones, the Lions were unable to make any big plays in the game. The Packers were able to win the game in overtime as the Lions never even got the ball back, but it didnít seem to matter because the Packers defense shut down the Lions.
Samkon Gado was hands down, the star of the game, as he set a Packers rookie rushing record with 171 yards in the game. He had a 64 yard touchdown run in the second quarter as he was able to outrun R.W. McQuarters. He continued to make big runs throughout the game and made a heads up play to avoid a safety by throwing the ball forward for in interesting incomplete pass. Brett Favre threw for 170 yards and no touchdowns, but he was very consistent as he actually went into halftime completing 12 of 14 pass attempts. His only interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of the fourth quarter.
Besides Gado, there were not many other players that stepped up in the game. Donald Driver only caught four passes for 32 yards and even though Robert Ferguson was targeted eight times, he only caught two passes for 28 yards. William Henderson had a couple of big first down catches as he finished the game with four catches for 38 yards, but he was not targeted more than those the mentioned receptions.
What you ought to know
|QB Jeff Garcia, Pass: 13 - 24 - 112 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 25 - 0|
Garcia went into half time only completing five passes on 11 attempts and with 48 yards, but he did have a touchdown and no interceptions. He made a nice nine yard run at the beginning of the third quarter for a first down to keep a drive going that allowed the Lions to pin the Packers back within their own five yard line. Garcia completed five of five passes in the Lions first drive of the fourth quarter, which resulted in a drive that stalled out on the Packersí one yard line after the Lions were stopped on fourth down. He finished the night with 112 yards and no interceptions. He made some good throws to put his team in position to win, but there were some drops by the receivers.
Pinner shared some of the goal line carries with Bryson when Jones left the game, but they both found it difficult to get past the Packersí defensive line. He finished the night with only 25 yards on 13 carries. He did catch all three passes thrown his way, but only gained eight yards.
|RB Kevin Jones, Rush: 9 - 63 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)|
Four plays into the game, Jones broke off a 40 yard run to put the Lions in the red zone, but on a second and goal situation, his arm was awkwardly bent backward when he was tackled. He walked off the field under his own power and did not return until half way through the second quarter. Jones didnít seem to be bothered by his arm injury once he came back into the game. He had 57 yards at half time but only gained another six yards for the rest of the game.
|RB Shawn Bryson, Rush: 5 - 16 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)|
Bryson and Pinner pretty much shared carries after Jones left the game, but once Jones came back into the game, Bryson didnít see much action for the rest of the game. He finished with only 16 rushing yards in the game.
Williams made an outstanding four yard touchdown catch at the end of the first quarter after he tipped the ball to himself with his left hand, retained possession, and made sure he got both feet in the end zone. Williams made another great catch on an under thrown ball by Garcia in the fourth quarter for a 40 yard gain. He dropped a big pass at the end of the fourth quarter with the game tied that would have been a huge gain if not a touchdown, in the closing minutes. He ended up catching four of the passes thrown his way for 53 yards on the night.
Vines caught the first reception of the game for 22 yards on a third and long, which kept the Lionsí drive moving and set up an early field goal. Even though he has been the most productive receiver on the team, that was his only catch of the game as he was outshined by Roy Williams.
Williams was targeted five times in the game but he pretty much went unnoticed since he only pulled in one catch for six yards.
Rogers actually got some playing time in this game, but he was unable to come up with any receptions.
Pollard was only targeted twice, but he caught both passes for only 13 yards combined.
Hanson got a lot of work early since the Lions have trouble putting the ball in the end zone. He kicked a 19 yard field goal on the first drive and a 23 yard field goal in the second drive to give the Lions a quick six point lead. He didnít attempt any more field goals and made his only extra point attempt.
The Lions made a big play after they were stopped on offense at the goal line by tackling Samkon Gado in the end zone for a safety, but it was overturned on a weird play where Gado threw the ball forward for an incompletion. They did little to stop Gado in the rest of the game as they made him look like a pro bowl back. He ended the night with 171 rushing yards. James Hall and Wali Rainer led the team with ten tackles each as Hall also had a sack in the game.
James Davis recovered a loose ball that slipped out of Brett Favreís hand on the Packers second play of the game, which put the Lions in excellent scoring position around the Packersí 20 yard line. Shaun Rogers made a big sack on Favre with less than two minutes left in a tied game, which went to overtime but he also had a bonehead 15 yard penalty called on him that led to the Packers game winning field goal. Dre Bly caught the only interception of the game, but it was at the end of the fourth quarter. The pass defense held Favre to 170 passing yards but they were unable to make any game changing plays.
|QB Brett Favre, Pass: 21 - 31 - 170 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0|
On the second play of the Packersí first drive, the ball simply slipped out of Favreís hand as he was bringing the ball back, and it was recovered by the Lions. He made some great bullet throws, but made a few throws into triple coverage that did not come back to hurt him. At the beginning of the second quarter, Favre settled the offense and started to make some nice throws as he put the team in scoring position. He went in to half time with a very consistent 12 completions out of 14 attempts for 78 yards. He finished the night with 170 yards and an interception that came at the end of the fourth quarter on a Hail Mary pass.
|RB Samkon Gado, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 29 - 171 - 1, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)|
The surprising Samkon Gado looked fresh early running by tacklers and through holes on the Lionsí defense. On a fourth and short, Gado made a nice cut back and gained 11 yards to keep a crucial drive going, which ended in a blocked field goal. Gadoís biggest play was easily the 64 yard touchdown run in the second quarter when he was able to outrun R.W. McQuarters to bring the Packers deficit to only three. He made another big 14 yard run on first down in the third quarter to get the Packers out of their own end zone. He ended the night with a Packersí rookie record with 171 yards rushing on 29 carries, which is an average of almost six yards a carry.
|RB Tony Fisher, Rush: 4 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - -4 - 0 (1 targets)|
Fisher caught one pass for negative yards and gained no yards rushing in the game.
Henderson made a great play when Favre dumped the ball off to him and he jumped over his opponent for a 15 yard gain on a drive which resulted in a Packersí field goal. He picked up another big first down on the Packersí first drive in over time, which eventually led to the game winning 28 yard field goal. He caught all four passes thrown his way for 38 yards as most of them resulted in big first down plays.
Driver didnít make his first catch of the game until there was almost a minute left in the second quarter. His longest play was a 19 yard reception toward the end of the third quarter in a drive that ended in a game tying field goal. He finished the night with four receptions for only 32 yards as Favre spread the ball around to nine different players.
Ferguson caught a 17 yard pass in over time to put the Packers in field goal range and to set up the game winning 28 yard field goal. He was targeted the most out of all the receivers but finished the night with only two receptions for 28 yards.
Chatman was targeted once, but did not catch a pass as he was used mostly on returns.
Thurman only caught one pass for nine yards and was not a fantasy factor in the game.
With Franks out of this game, Martin took advantage of the opportunity as he was targeted six times and led the team with five catches for 38 yards. His biggest play was for 16 yards but he seemed to go unnoticed in the game without any big plays.
Lee was only targeted three times but caught all three passes for 20 yard and was not much of a factor beyond those numbers.
Longwell kicked a 36 yard field goal late in the first quarter to pull the Packers within seven points. After having a 38 yard field goal blocked, Longwell made his next field goal in the fourth quarter from 39 yards out. He ended up kicking the game winning field goal in overtime from 28 yards out and made the only extra point that he attempted.
There was not one running back on the Lions that gained more than 63 yards and the front seven was solid as they stopped the Lions on a huge goal line stand which actually turned out to be a difference in the game. Nick Collins made a great tackle on Artose Pinner picking him up for a few yards before driving him into the ground for a loss. Nick Barnett led the team with six tackles, but it was mostly a team effort as five of them were assisted.
The Packers prevented a Lionsí receiver from catching more than 60 yards in the game and Garcia only threw for 112 yards. Garcia played pretty conservatively so there were not too many chances for any interceptions. Garcia actually escaped the Packers pass rush without getting sacked in the game, but it was all for naught as most of the scoring came from good field position.